Price: Free Score: 9/10 Category: Books
Kiddobook, developed by LLC “Kinderbook”, offers a whole host of non-interactive iPad stories that have been deemed suitable for kids aged 3 to 8. And while the images on each page may not have interactive elements, kids will still enjoy turning the pages and listening to the various tales.
After you download the free iPad app, you can download 2 free books, as well as a handful of other titles for 99 cents each. The two free books are “Marlene, Just Another Princess” and “Two Frogs,” both of which are lushly illustrated and fairly long. The other books are on topics like weird animals, dragons, planes, and cute cartoon critters, ensuring there’s something that every kid can get excited about.
The navigation is very simple, and Kiddobook runs smoothly. Downloading books takes well under a minute, so your kid can pick out a story and start reading it on the spur of the moment.
You have some options when it comes to how the books are displayed. You can have them in traditional storybook format, opt to remove the text and just have it be a picture book, or engage the audio track of the story.
The quality of the audio is decent, if a bit on the hissy side. The voice is clear and child-appropriate, and its nice to have an iPad app where kids can be read to if their parents are busy.
All the stories have lush, vivid illustrations, making the app feel far more expensive (and expansive) than it really is. Featuring stories from all over the world, each one is moral with no objectionable content that I observed.
Overall, if you’re looking for a new book to add to your iPad’s stash of children’s literature, Kiddobook is absolutely worth your time, despite a relatively small library of content.
Kiddobook is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.