Cars are a big part of our everyday lives, but do you know what makes them run? Come find out in Mulle Meck Builds a Car, a gorgeous book-app that the whole family can enjoy.
Help Mulle Meck Build a Car
In Mulle Meck Builds a Car, kids follow a curious inventor—the titular Mulle Meck—as he builds a car from scratch. They get to learn the names of each component and how the mechanisms fit together. They also discover what and how tools are used in the process.
In one of the early scenes, for example, kids learn that there are two different axles in a car: the front axle and the rear axle. The front axle is different from the rear one because it allows the wheels to turn. Mulle uses a wrench to affix a wheel to each end of the axles.
As kids follow along, they can explore each page to discover hidden animations and interactive features. For example, they can tap on Mulle's dog, Buffa, to hear her bark. They can also drag and drop various items around the page.
The app allows kids to read the story on their own, or have it read to them by a narrator. It's available in two languages: English and Swedish.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the storybook app Mulle Meck is based on a series of children's book of the same name by author Georg Johansson and illustrator Jens Ahlbom. In the original books, Mulle Meck is a talented inventor who creates and explains to kids how to assemble various mechanisms that we work with everyday. The app is designed for kids ages 2-7, but can also be enjoyed by the whole family.
The app is safe for kids: it has no third-party adverts and no in-app purchases. There are links to external sites, but they are secured behind a parental gate.
Things I Like
Mulle Meck Builds a Car is a well-done book app. The illustrations are beautiful, and the narration is clear in either language. There are hidden interactive features on each page that keep young kids immersed in the story, though they don't necessarily enhance the plot.
The story is down-to-earth. There is no villain, no fighting, or other fantastical plot; just a quiet inventor and his loyal dog putting together a car in his garage. Even so, it is wonderfully informative. I like how it explains the details of the car's construction in a realistic but kid-friendly way, so that even the youngest kids can follow along.
As a suggested improvement, I'd like to see the story text even in the narrated reading mode. This way, kids who are learning to read can follow the text while listening to the narration.
Mulle Meck Builds a Car is an excellent app for curious kids. Older kids will enjoy the educational aspects of the story, whereas younger kids will love exploring each page to discover funny animations. Highly recommended!
If you enjoy the Mulle Meck Builds a Car, you might enjoy Mulle Meck's Cars. It's a construction game in which kids can build their own cars and take them for a test drive.
App was provided for our honest review.