The Great Cookie Thief – Starring Cookie Monster (Universal) is a great new book from Calloway Digital Arts Inc. But it’s not just any book : children don’t just follow the story, they will help the town find evil cookie thief.
Upon opening the book, users are presented with two options; Read and Create. In read mode, the story is narrated to the child, with conversation bubbles popping up, and words being highlighted as they are spoken.
The graphics are enhanced to give it kind of a 3d feel to it on the iPad. As the reader tilts the iDevice, the objects on the screen shift around a little. My girls enjoyed viewing each of the pages at different angles.
Towards the end of the story, the local sheriff will ask the child to help them check Cookie Monster to see if he matches the wanted poster. The great thing about this is they ask for the child to choose three things and there are more than three things that are similar. Each time the child reads this story, the ending will be slightly different.
After each page is finished with its narration, an arrow appears in the bottom right to advance to the next page. Before continuing, children can tap on characters on the screen to hear more information and see additional animations. If some of the characters talk when tapped, these words are not shown, so make sure to keep the sound turned up.
In create mode, children will be able to make their own poster. Using the camera, photo library, or stock Sesame Street characters children can paint on pictures or place stickers on them. This particular feature was a huge hit for both of my girls. Some of the stickers include glasses, hats, funny eyes, and hair. Each of the stickers can be sized to fit the image using finger gestures.
The Great Cookie Thief – Starring Cookie Monster is a fun book that young children will enjoy. The way it includes the child into the story will have them coming back for more and the giggles parents will hear as they make a silly poster is priceless.