Lucy Ladybird Review
Lucy Ladybird by Sharon Chai is a charming tale for iPad to delight the younger generation
There is only so long an iPad user can sit, playing on their device before their children become curious about the source of entertainment and want to get involved themselves. Luckily, finding the right downloads to engage the younger mind isn’t too difficult today thanks to a multitude of apps – ranging from games to interactive books – that have been designed to captivate children.
Lucy Ladybird is aiming to do just the same through its cute artwork and heart-warming story of a ladybird looking to fit in, and finding out that being different isn’t so bad after all. While this is the obvious moral, it isn’t heavy-handedly forced down the reader’s throat at the detriment of the story, and it’s a tale that both parents and kids will surely enjoy interacting with together.
From a user experience perspective, Lucy Ladybird does a very good job of striking a balance when it comes to classic storytelling and taking advantage of the iPad’s touchscreen. The story works on its own, but there is also the addition of some interactive features, like the ability to drag and drop spots onto Lucy, as well as animate other characters and the environment with a tap. Every page of the story has something interactive on it, and if it can’t be immediately spotted there’s a question mark icon that tells users where to tap in order to bring the page to life. Alongside this is a Home button that brings up a navigation bar at the bottom of the screen, allowing users to jump to different pages as well as back to the main menu in a single tap.
It can be argued that the interactivity within Lucy Ladybird is a little too simple given some of the things seen in other apps. Still, while the touch-triggered animation might be unspectacular at times, they do serve as a steady introduction for the younger users who are most likely to be drawn to this app.
A counter-argument to the interaction point is the presence of some of the fun extras beyond the main story section. There’s a great colouring in section with six different pictures of characters from throughout the story to colour in by touching the screen. In fact, this section is something of a surprise package because the response and look of the brush strokes is very impressive for a non-creative app. This area of the app is a great place to let the kids loose in terms of introducing them to the touchscreen, with a host of colours and a handy eraser. Should a little masterpiece appear, there’s a Save option that gives users the chance to store drawings in Camera Roll for safekeeping.
If drawing isn’t what the kids are looking for, there’s also a karaoke section that gives users the chance to put their own spin on the Lucy Ladybird theme song from the home screen. Complete with its own video of Lucy flying through different scenes and live lyrics on screen, this feels like a nice change of pace; a little more active and engaging.
The App Store page says Lucy Ladybird is designed for children aged two and up, and that is perfectly emphasised by the simplicity the app sticks with throughout the story. There is never too much dialogue and the artwork is wonderfully colourful, taking readers through each of the seasons with interactivity to bring each of them to life in fun yet simple ways. Lucy Ladybird then is a very good way to introduce youngsters to apps and the iPad without fear of them deleting any important files in the process. The extra features give kids a way of utilising any creativity that the app inspires as well.
Yes, compared to some other interactive books Lucy Ladybird is quite simple and potentially not on the same level in terms of content. Still, the app more than makes up for that with the level of charm it brings to the iPad screen through the moral-filled yet unimposing story, and the artwork that brings it to life. If you’re on the lookout for a new children’s app, this might well be it.
An endearing story that comes with just enough animation to delight the young iPad users and their parents.
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