Have you ever imagined seeing the world around us from a different perspective? When we were younger, I’m sure many of us would imagine that there exists a pair of magical glasses that allows you to see the world differently when you put them on. Well, wonder no more. Wunderglasses is a beautiful storybook that shows you one version of what the world could look like when such pair of glasses does exist.
Max’s Adventure with the Wunderglasses
Wunderglasses begins with a young boy, Max, who loves to play outdoors. On a beautiful summer day, he spots a strange pair of glasses among the roses. When he puts them on, everything he sees through the glasses look completely different. For example, a high rise building is a giant set of dominoes instead. Little ducks in the pond become a big blue frog, and rosebuds are lollipops.
The story then follows Max as he tests the magical glasses in various places, including the ice cream parlor, the construction houses, and the market place. As the reader, you can put on Max’s magical glasses by holding and swiping down the glasses icon on the top right corner of the screen. You can even pause a swipe midway to see both worlds at the same time.
As curiosity gets the better of him, he forgets his promise to tidy up his room before his father gets home. When he gets home, he realizes that he’s in trouble. What will happen to Max and his Wunderglasses?
Parents Need to Know
Wunderglasses has nine interactive scenes where you can see the world as Max sees it through his magical pair of glasses. The hand-painted watercolor illustrations make the world in Wunderglasses really stands out.
Wunderglasses is available in German and English. You can choose to have a narrator read the story for you, or you can read it by yourself. (Update: as of v2.0, the app now includes text highlighting.)
The app doesn’t have third-party ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks. Kids ages 3+ would enjoy following Max’s adventure with the Wunderglasses.
Things I Like
If I had a magic pair of glasses, I would’ve imagined seeing the same things as Max sees. I’d expect to see all kinds of wacky and magical things when I put them on. What Wunderglasses shows in its storyline is not really that far away from what I’d imagine.
Max also resembles most kids ages 3+ who would prefer going off to satisfy their curiosity over any other rewards that we offer to them. Just like Max, most kids would postpone their chores and follow where their curiosity would lead them to. Learning to balance responsibility and curiosity is important for kids to succeed in their lives.
I like how the story ends. A bit of spoiler here: the story is not about Max, it’s about the Wunderglasses. At the end of the story, Max throws them out of his bedroom window because he’s afraid his mom would get even angrier. We then see a young girl picking it up. The readers are led to believe that there’s more to the story even though the Wunderglasses is not with Max anymore.
A good story is relevant to its readers. Wunderglasses is just that: relevant to kids ages 3+ with an active imagination and a big curiosity. This beautifully illustrated story is brimming with wacky things that definitely appeal to me and my younger self.
App was provided for our honest review.