iPad App Review - Trick or Treat

~ Posted on Friday, October 25, 2013 at 7:30 AM ~

We had just recently reviewed "Little Critter-Just Saving My Money" and now, we have the privilege to add this story app to our collection! We are a big fan of Little Critter's apps and I love the educational values that comes along with the story apps and this is no exception!

As for the concept of Halloween, we don't celebrate that in our family but I don't think that should be a stopping point or something that I should not be exposing to my child, at least I want him to know there is such celebration in other place and there is nothing to be afraid of and we have reviewed similar Halloween related apps before so I feel all the more we should review this new app!

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* Title: Trick or Treat
* Price: $0.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Oct 09, 2013
* Version: 2.4
* Size: 33.1 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

Description from the product page:

"Join Little Critter in this interactive storybook app as he gets ready for Halloween! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From costumes to jack-o-lanterns, how will Little Critter prepare to go trick-or-treating?" 

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* It is engaging and interactive and I love that we can also touch the objects in each page on the screen and the words pop out to tell you what it is!

* I used the opportunity in this app to teach our 4.5 years old boy to not be sad if accidents happened - this was when Little Critter found out his candy bag has a hole in it and all the candies he collected dropped out from his bag.

* I also explained to our boy how nice of Little Critter's sister to share her candies with her brother and that my boy should do the same if similar things happened to him and/or his siblings.

* I can see our boy getting more curious with the concept of trick-or-treating, something which we don't see often here in Malaysia so I just explained to our boy that on this particular night, children gets to dress up in weird, funny, scary or pretty costumes and walk around the neighbour, knocking on people's doors and saying 'trick or treat' and what will happened after that.

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You can purchase the "Trick or Treat" app from the iTunes App Store.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code to redeem the application for free from iTunes Store in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous iPad Apps reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My iPad App Reviews"

Abibliophobia

~ Posted on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:41 AM ~

Oh wow! I learned something new the other day!

I realised I might have this phobia! I've always been the type of person who needs to read something. Anything. I cannot sit still and just stare at something dreamily and waste time. I need to read something, some text as long as there's text and words and letters.. I'm fine. So yeah, good to know there is a term for this weird habit of mine! Tongue out

Book Review - Beautiful LEGO

~ Posted on Friday, October 18, 2013 at 8:30 AM ~

Our 4.5 years old boy is a big fan of Lego stuff, so I just can't say no when I see this book available for review!

Title: Beautiful LEGO
Author: Mike Doyle

Publisher: No Starch Press
ISBN-13/-10:  978-1-59327-508-2 / 1-59327-508-0
Paperback:  280 pages

Description from the product page:
"Mix hundreds of thousands of LEGO bricks with dozens of artists, and what do you get? Beautiful LEGO, a compendium of LEGO artwork that showcases a stunning array of pieces ranging from incredibly lifelike replicas of everyday objects and famous monuments to imaginative renderings of spaceships, mansions, and mythical creatures. You'll also meet the minds behind the art. Interviews with the artists take you inside the creative process that turns simple, plastic bricks into remarkable LEGO masterpieces."

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'Fun, fun, fun!' is all I can think of as I flipped through this book! I got our 4.5 years old to sit with me as we flipped through each pages in the book, and oh wow... I'm so thrilled to see our boy getting more and more excited and anxious to see what's coming up in the next pages and boy oh boy, the pictures of the Lego creations included in this book are just gorgeous and droolworthy! 

Some of the Lego creations are totally awesome and got our boy so inspired and amazed! Pictures below are some of the Lego creations that got our boy's attention:

Lego Ironman! Our boy is a big fan of Ironman and to see it made with Lego, oh wow... our boy was totally blown away!

The castle from Alice in Wonderland story. Our boy has only watched Alice in Wonderland movie once so he does not really relate the castle to the story. He sees it as a castle and just wanted to build a castle!

I also used the opportunity to educate our boy when we come across some of the Lego creations showcasing the olden days gadget like telephone, game console player and etc. Really nice to see all this in Lego creations!

In summary, it  is so much fun to just flip through this amazing book and just be amazed (and drooled over them) on what other people have managed to achieved with tons of LEGO bricks! I hope this book is able to inspire our kiddos in creating more awesome designs using Lego bricks. Just in case you want to have a look at some of the creations by our 4.5 years old boy, feel free to hop over and check them out in my FB album.

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You can get this book here.

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I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with a PDF copy of the book in order to facilitate my review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own. Please do your own research when purchasing products, as your opinions may differ from mine. And if you'd like to read my previous book reviews, you can do so by reading this post of mine called "My Book Reviews"