iPad App Review - Leo the Lightning Bug

~ Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 10:09 AM ~

I received a press release on this new app and immediately replied with my interest to review it. And as always, the ever helpful and friendly Cathy from Oceanhouse Media replied with the promo code for me to download the app for free! Yeayyyy!!! Anyway, my review as below...

* Title: Leo the Lightning Bug
* Price: $2.99
* Category: Books
* Released: Jun 30, 2011
* Current Version: 1.08
* Size: 19.0 MB
* Language: English
* Seller: Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
* Rated: 4+
* Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later

Description from the product page:

"Children will identify with Leo and grasp the importance of believing in themselves as they follow Leo’s adventure to make his very own light. The other lightning bugs tease him, but with determination, motherly support, and a little luck, Leo eventually lights up in the night. Transformed by his newfound confidence, he now laughs at himself, plays with the others, and enjoys a good night’s sleep!

New features only available in this omBook include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read. By combining the original text and artwork of the book with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages. "

Praise for Leo the Lightning Bug:
- #2 L.A. Times Children’s Bestseller List
- Benjamin Franklin Award Winner — Best Children's Book
- ForeWord Magazine Book of the Year Award— Honorable Mention
- Book Sense 76 Children’s Pick

Picture below taken of Ben while we went through the book together on my iPad... Ben was  initially engrossed when I told him this book is about a lightning bug. He was mesmerised at Leo but as we reached the middle of the story, he starts to lose interest and moved on to play with his toys.

Ben looking and listening as the story was being narrated...

What's good?

* I love the beautiful illustrations!

* Storyline wise is good as it teaches us not to give up and keep on trying until we succeed.

What's not so good?

* The volume is a bit too soft. I've adjusted everything to the max and yet still am not able to listen clearly to the narrations. Maybe this is why Ben lost interest halfway through the app.

You can purchase the "Leo the Lightning Bug" app from the iTunes App Store.

I received no monetary compensation for this review, I was provided with the promo code by the sponsor 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"

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