Stories are often a great way to learn new things. In Mulle Meck Builds a Boat, for example, we can learn how boats are built. The app is the second title in a series of interactive books about the curious inventor Mulle Meck and his loyal boxer Buffa.
Let's Build a Boat
The story begins when the inventor Mulle Meck drives to the end of the road and discovers the ocean. He wonders what's on the other side of the water, and decides to build a sailboat. Kids follow him in his endeavor, and at the same learn how boats are built.
Mulle Meck Builds a Boat is an interactive storybook. Every page features a colored illustration plus a handful of hidden surprises. In one scene, for example, kids can tap Mulle's car to speed it up. In another scene, they can tap the water to make dolphins jump out.
The app comes with two reading options: read by yourself or have the narrator read the story to you. The narrated reading mode has a pleasant-sounding narrator that allows young kids to follow the story easily.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Mulle Meck Builds a Boat is a great story of its own. Even though it is part of a series, you don't need to be familiar with the other titles to enjoy it. The app is best suited for ages 5 and under, but will also engage older kids with an affinity for vehicles.
The app has no third-party ads and no in-app purchases. There is a link that opens a letter from the developers, and another to rate the app on the App Store, but both are secured by a parental gate. The app is available in English, Russian, and Swedish.
Things I Like
Mulle Meck Builds a Boat is a fantastic app for kids who enjoy learning new things. It not only excels in the storytelling aspect, but it's also wonderfully educational. It explains how boats are built in a kid-friendly manner, so that kids of all ages may follow along easily.
What makes the story refreshing is the fact that it has no flashy villains or stressful conflicts. Instead, it's a friendly story about following your curiosity and working hard to realize your dreams. The overall feeling it evokes is subdued and low key, which makes it a great bedtime story.
Visually, the app is lovely. In addition to gorgeous illustrations, it packs plenty of delightful animations and realistic sound effects that enhance the reading experience. Looking at the beautiful, blue-green waves, one can't help but want to visit the ocean after putting this story down.
Mulle Meck Builds a Boat is a lovely interactive storybook that explains, in a kid-friendly way, the process of building a boat. It's beautifully illustrated, and comes with delightful animations that enhance the reading experience. The low-key production and feel-good nature make the app a pleasant read before bedtime or any time of the day, really. Highly recommended for kids who love boats.
App was provided for our honest review.
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