The best book apps for kids offer more than just pretty pictures and words: they also delight and draw you in with meaningful interactivity. One Giggly Gorilla is an example of such apps. In this beautiful book app that’s also an educational game, the readers become an integral part of the story as they listen to and follow the instructions on each page to move the story forward.
Listen and Play
In One Giggly Gorilla, kids help ten hungry gorillas reach the bananas at the top of a tree by catapulting each gorilla to the branch above. The only requirement is that they follow the instructions on each page. For example, one page requires that the gorillas be launched by the color of the flower they are holding. Another page instructs that the group of gorillas be moved to their individual branches before they are hurled one by one into the air.
As kids climb together with the gorillas, a variety of instructions are given to help kids develop basic skills such as counting to 10, recognizing numbers and colors, and simple logic. More importantly, they also learn to listen and follow directions.
At 10 pages long, this book is the perfect length for beginning readers. At the end of the book, kids can give the gorillas a tickle and make them giggle. The giggling gorillas then drop to the ground, and kids can start the story all over again without skipping a beat.
Parents Need to Know
In One Giggly Gorilla, kids can have the story read to them or read it by themselves. The app also includes text highlighting and a repeat read button. You can turn the narration on or off anytime by tapping on the “Read to Me” button on each page.
The app has no in-app purchases or third-party advertising. On the main page, parents will find leaves that lead to an About section and a secured Parents section, respectively. The About section contains a short guide on how to use the app, while the Parents section contains app credits and external links to the developer’s website and other apps. You don’t need an Internet connection to use the app.
Things I Like
One Giggly Gorilla offers an engaging and educational reading experience. Through completing the tasks on each page, kids develop valuable skills for listening, problem solving, and math. The story itself is nicely written for young readers, and introduces simple vocabulary and many sight words.
Another aspect that makes the app so appealing is flicking the gorillas. It’s a lot of fun to see the gorillas bounce high in the air, plus it helps kids learn gestures and finger motions. If that’s not entertaining enough, kids can try to find the hidden toucan on each page.
Finally, I have to note the app’s high production value. It is beautifully illustrated with fun 3D animation and cheeky sound effects. I like how each gorilla has a unique look to distinguish itself from the rest, for example, one gorilla wears a sombrero while another wears a tutu. There is also great interactivity on every page.
Overall, One Giggly Gorilla is a terrific book app that’s suitable for ages 3 and up. Even though it secretly develops your child’s skills for listening and problem solving, it never feels like practice. The interactivity and silly rhymes engage kids from start to finish, and will make them want to read the story over and over again. Highly recommended!
App was provided for our honest review.