MIXUP picture book

Rating MIXUP picture book - 4 out of 5 - Good Rating 4.0

  • iPad, iPhone
  • Paid
  • age 3+
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About MIXUP picture book

Start with a base of Little Red Riding Hood, add a little Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves and finally stir in some Cinderella.  This app lets your child cook up a distinctly mixed-up fairy tale that still makes sense.  

MIXUP picture book Review

So, Little Red Riding Hood didn't turn up at her Granny's cottage.  Ali Baba did.  This led to the downfall of the forty thieves in the jaws of a wolf.  Or maybe not.  In this unusual and original app, this is just one possible series of events as the elements of three fairy tales can be pulled into the story.
 
This is a refreshing new take on the fairy-tale stories told by app approach.  At regular key points in the story, the reader can choose whether the narrative goes down a path dictated by the lore of Red Riding Hood, Ali Baba or Cinderella.  The story can stick rigidly to the main tale or deviate just a little bit or quite a lot. There are, according to the developers, fifty different endings based on the reader's choices.
 
The plot twists are well designed and the stories merge together effectively without feeling forced.   Choices made earlier in the story are referred back to at later points even when the subsequent options taken have gone back to the more traditional tale.  It works as a story book and a method of exploration that children will enjoy.
 
The app has a very distinct art style that is quite different from that found in many other story apps.  It is quite abstract but also characterful and fluidly animated.  Its slightly surreal quality matches the unexpected nature of the stories.
 
The narration is clear and perfectly matched to the developing events.  The humour  in the surprise directions that the tales take is reflected in the speaker's inflexions.  It is so much better than a machine-based speech synthesis.  As good as it is, however, some parents may want to read to children themselves and there is no option to silence the speech, although you could mute the device's volume.  This is a strange oversight, as you can choose to toggle on or off the accompanying text.  If this useful switch is added in a future update, it will increase the flexibility of the app.
 
As well as being a treat for a class story, the app could also be used as a lesson basis for children's creative writing.  Using familiar tales as the building blocks gives young writers a structure to work with but the potential to merge them can exercise children's imagination too.  Once they've seen this app in use, children will be bursting with their own ideas of how they can blend familiar tales into something new.
 
It is great to see a storybook-style app take an original approach like this.  Straightforward stories have their place but it is a pity so few apps try to build in features that distinguish them from their paper-based roots. This app certainly does this and you and your children will enjoy exploring it.

App Details

Ratings

Devices

iPad, iPhone

Category

Skills

Communication Skills
Creative Development
Academic Relevance

Safeguarding

In-App Purchases - No

In-App Advertising - No

Publisher

AOKI Corporation.

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You can download MIXUP picture book on your iOS devices from the Apple App Store.

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