Even Monsters Get Sick
Will we get sick to the back teeth of yet another interactive kids book?
The increasingly ubiquitous interactive storybook genre is becoming ever more competitive on the app store, as existing children’s titles with the odd bit of crude animation start to make way for slick, high-quality, multimedia experiences with production values to rival the Cartoon Network.
Even Monsters Get Sick falls into the latter category, and offers young readers a bespoke 24-page tale from writer/illustrator Michael Bruza that channels a heavy dose of Sesame Street-style charm into telling the tale of a young boy and his monster while the titular premise unfolds.
Each lovingly rendered page offers a significant degree of touchscreen interaction, whether counting out the correct number of items, route-finding around a rudimentary maze or simply seeing how objects and characters interact in the context of a given scene.
The story is written from the point of view of the boy, hence a potentially grating young audio narration; it’s optional though, so certainly not an issue. Even Monsters Get Sick is everything a children’s book should be: fun, colourful, imaginative and with a subtle lesson at its core. As an app it ticks all the right boxes too, delivering a polished interactive audio/visual experience that’s so engaging you might even forget it’s a book. A near-perfect combination of form and function. If this is the future of children’s literature, physical books will need to up their game.
More entertaining than educational, and moderately priced to boot. A brilliant example of storytelling on iOS.
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