Interactive Fairytale App Review-Giant Cake

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Giant Cake is an interactive storybook iPad app featuring the Elfishki folks: Fairy Tales, Myths and Legends of Elfishki. This app has the option of listening to the story or reading the story. It’s totally original with lovely illustrations. There are 3 comprehension questions on every page. In addition, each page has some sort of interactive feature. For example, if you touch the cherub, he shoots his arrow.  Some pages have more features than others. The favorite feature of both my daughters (ages 5 and 7) was the cake decorating app. A three layer cake is shown and the child can select different elements, such as icing, cookies, bats and hot peppers (don’t worry, the variety will make sense once you read the story). The point of the story is to show that even if two people are very different, then can still become friends, learn to help each other and that good things can be done in different ways.
Here’s a youtube video to check out:

Cons
-some of the questions were not worded well, so I needed to ask it in a different way
-there was no answer key…most of the questions are open-ended and can have a variety of answers, but for some, there is a specific answer
-fewer and fewer interactions as the story goes on, almost like the tech team spent lots of time on the first few pages, then rushed through the last few pages to meet a deadline
-the book left some unanswered questions-what did Elfizz mold from chocolate?
-the font is a little tricky for newer readers
-this didn’t really show teamwork, friendship, or compromise. *spoiler* In the end, both characters decorate a side of thecake in their own way, as if they still hate each other
Pros
-my 5-year-old loved listening to the story and all the interactions
-my 7-year-old enjoyed reading the fairytale
-both loved the cake decorating game and especially that they could email a picture of the finished product
-both girls have asked for this app over and over again…hey, maybe they should be the ones reviewing apps!
Feel free to check out Giant Cake in the iTunes Store.
Overall
It’s 3 bucks, less than a fancy Starbucks drink. Your kids will likely be entertained. It’s appropriate for both genders.
However, with thousands of free apps, I don’t know that I would buy it. I would likely recommend the Story Chimes instead. Story Chimes are familiar fairy tales instead of new ones and it doesn’t have questions, but a parent could easily come up with some as they read the story with their child.

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