Timo and the Magical Picture Book App

Timo and the Magical Picture Book is a storybook app for iPhone and iPad, on sale for $1.99 for a limited time (versus $3.99 for iPhone and $4.99 for iPad).

This app is not just a simple read-to-me story app; it has very good quality illustrations that are both animated and allow for interaction. Your child can tap on the characters for fun little surprises in the story. I did find it difficult to see what areas and what pages of the story had the interactions; you have to click on the letter “i” in the top left-hand corner to see explanations of what the interactives are on each page. If the interactives were highlighted better in the illustrations, I think it would be much easier and obvious, especially to young children.

I also struggled with trying to turn the page for the app (which is done so by swiping your finger along the bottom of the screen after the animation is compete), but I just updated the app with this bug fix. I still think a button with an arrow so you can find exactly where you need to touch to turn the page might be easier.

The story is cute and very silly and my daughter seems to enjoy it. Plus the narrator has a great accent which I like. I think once you learn what the interactives are and how to turn the pages, it makes the story experience more enjoyable. For $1.99 I feel the app is worth it; like I said my daughter really likes it, but I wouldn’t recommend spending $4-5.

Get the app here

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