I love books -- the ones you can actually hold in your hand
and feel the paper pages as you turn them. So when book apps for mobile devices come along, they have
to have that extra something special.
With over 100 audio and animation interactions, Cozmo’s Day Off
Cozmo’s Day Off is the journey of galactic traveler Cozmo
through his wondrous universe. The
interactive storybook includes a recorded notation and word highlighting for
beginning readers, and it also has options for the user to record his own voice
(and even make the pitch of your voice higher or lower!).
The storybook is interlaced with activities, such as puzzles
and games, and each page includes hidden animations that you can find by
tapping objects on the screen.
The animation looks professional, and the voice talent is
stellar (no pun intended). The
futuristic story brings fun and wit into the hands of today’s children. Text with a bit of lilt and rhyme also
appeals strongly to children and encourages early literacy skills needed for
reading and speech.
Cozmo’s Day Off comes from Ayars Animation studio, creators
of the free Pirate Puzzles app and a Jack and the Beanstalk storybook. The app was originally made for the
iPad but is now compatible with iPhone and iPod Touch.
If you’re looking for both a story and an app that is out of
this world, look no further. Cozmo’s
Day Off is available for $3.99 in the App Store.