Afraid of Your Own Shadow? Learn from Lily and Her Naughty Shadow

In My Naughty Shadow, kids learn where shadows come from.

In My Naughty Shadow, kids learn where shadows come from.

Are your kids afraid of their own shadows? Different kids may react differently when they first notice they always have a shadow with them. Some kids may treat the fact as a fun aspect of their lives, while others may be slightly afraid.

If your child is afraid of their own shadow, you might want to show them this interactive storybook, titled My Naughty Shadow. The story centers around a young girl named Lily and her naughty shadow, who does all sorts of interesting tricks as it follows her.

The Characteristics of Shadows

This fun and colorful app follows Lily as she walks around her house. She notices that her shadow is playful and sometimes, naughty. You can interact with her shadow, all the while learning a thing or two about the characters of a shadow.

For starters, you will learn how shadow is dependent on a source of light, and the distance of the object with regards to the light source and the overlaid surface determines how large the shadows will be. The direction of the light also determines where the shadow will be projected. Just remember that no light means no shadow.

Lily’s shadow is a bit naughty, though. Instead of mimicking whatever Lily is doing, it is always doing all kinds of different things. Instead of walking down the stairs one step at a time, the shadow likes to jump over a few steps. The shadow also floats while holding onto the shadow of a balloon.

Lily has a unique shadow: it is always trying to do things differently.

Lily has a unique shadow: it is always trying to do things differently.

Parents Need to Know

Kids ages 2+ can enjoy My Naughty Shadow on their own. But if you accompany them as they read, you get the chance to clarify if the shadow is behaving properly. Whatever you do throughout the book, you will see that Lily’s shadow is just trying to be more playful.

My Naughty Shadow works great in Airplane mode. It has no third party advertising, no in-app purchases, and no links to social networks.

The shadow's actions often don't make sense. Parents who read along can guide kids which activities are real and which are fake.

The shadow's actions often don't make sense. Parents who read along can guide kids which activities are real and which are fake.

Things I Like

I really like how the storyteller approaches the subject of fear in My Naughty Shadow. To fight fear, the shadow is introduced as a playful character who tries to turn mundane tasks into fun adventures.

The storybook has beautiful animations and engaging interactions. You can drag left and right to move Lily and her shadow up and down, draw a circle to move the shadow around the clock, and pop balloons to make sure the shadow stays on the ground.

Finally, I really like the original music included in this app. It helps create a fun and imaginative mood.

It might actually be nice to have a shadow with a fun personality, like Lily's.

It might actually be nice to have a shadow with a fun personality, like Lily's.

Conclusion

My Naughty Shadow is a fun interactive storybook for kids ages 2+ who want to overcome their fear of their own shadows. The storyline highlights the shadow as a playful character who loves to do things differently. If you can accompany your kids to read the book, you will be able to guide your kids to tell the difference between the real and fake shadows, and how real shadows should behave.

Get My Naughty Shadow on the App Store: iPad

App was provided for our honest review.