The best story is the one you remember. I’m sure ancient cultures have more stories to tell than just the ones that ended up as fairy tales. Yet, I believe only the best ones survived the test of time. They are the stories that intrigue our imagination, trigger our emotion, or resonate with our personal experience. These are easier to remember, making it possible for us to retell the story.
When I watched my sons playing with Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World, I knew that this is not your typical storybook. Rather, it’s imaginative and rather like science fiction. After trying out Alph and Betty’s adventure inside their own crazy house, I realized that it’s a great animated storybook suitable for emerging readers ages four and up.
Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World
The story starts with Betty waking up to a contraption-like alarm in her bedroom. Even though the alarm is quite loud, Alph doesn’t wake up. So, Betty decides to check out what she can have for breakfast.
Upon finishing her breakfast, Betty notices something big and strange growing out of the floor of their house; it’s a giant carrot. After briefly assessing the situation, Betty goes into their lab to find a way to return the giant carrot to its normal size.
Not being able to find anything useful in their lab, Betty continues searching the attic where they store their old junk. When Betty finds a magic tablet inside the attic, she opens up a way to time travel into the future.
Things look a bit differently in the future, where two different inventors live: Alpha and Beta. Stepping outside the attic into the roof, we learn that Alpha is experimenting with his brand new time travel machine. As it turns out, he’s been sending various things into the present time without knowing where the machine leads to.
What can you find inside the future lab that will help you solve the giant carrot problem in the present time?
Parents Need to Know
The storybook comes with two reading modes: Read by Myself and Read to Me. Due to the complex interactivity in this app, I’d suggest you start by playing the Read to Me mode. Later on, when you want to replay/reread the book again, you can switch to Read by Myself and enjoy the storyline.
Based on its imaginative storyline, I’d recommend this book for emerging readers ages four and up. They should be mature enough to understand the spoken words while learning how to decode the written words and to describe the events in the storyline.
Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World works great in Airplane mode. It doesn’t include any ads, in-app purchases, or links to social networks.
Things I Like
Every page in the book always has two or more mini games that you can play. Mostly, these are card matching games or scavenger hunts that start with a particular letter. Each page has a letter associated with it and more than 15 items that you try to find in the mini game. It’s a great way to expand your vocabularies.
I like how the story is written, and how the places inside and outside the house are designed. Alph and Betty’s house maybe a crazy one, but it encourages you to explore the house and have your own adventure. It’s a world filled with secrets and eccentric worlds.
Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World is a fun storybook app with one-of-a-kind storyline. It’s a great fit for kids ages 4+ who love to explore and come up with their own little adventure. With its imaginative storyline, it’s easier for kids to remember the story and practice their narrative skills by retelling this story to their friends.
Get Alph and Betty’s Topsy Turvy World on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.