The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò by Saturday Buffet will have children giggling in their chairs. The silly poem by Edward Lear is brought to life in this universal book showcasing colorful hand drawn graphics and lyrical narration.
There are no options for self-reading, which allows the children to hear the ups and downs of the words as they were meant to be spoken. Page advancement is done by tapping the arrow in the top right corner of the page.
Prior to starting the story, there is an area that parents can view to get suggested activities and questions they can use during the story. As a nonsensical poem, some children may be confused. My five year old daughter enjoyed the way the poem flowed and the comical graphics of the story. She didn’t seem too confused by it, but I don’t think stopped giggling at the name of the main character to listen to the entire story.
Each page offers the reader bright and colorful graphics along with silly animations. By tapping on random objects in the image, children can hear interesting, albeit silly sounds and watch as they move across the screen. There are no hints as to what objects make sounds and move, so there is a lot of tapping to be had to find them.
The Courtship of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bò is an entertaining and silly book for iDevices. The focus on this book is not to increase a child’s ability to read, but to introduce them to poetry and the classics in a fun way. This book will be an great addition to any child’s digital library.