Kids love stories, especially ones that can make them laugh out loud with silly imagery and words. Ants Can't Dance is one of these stories. It's the latest digital storybook from The Happy Dandelion, and it's packed with humor, hand-drawn illustrations, and a handful of fun interactive elements. The story, told by a human narrator, follows the notion that animals have no dancing abilities. Of course you'd soon learn that it isn't entirely true.
An Animal Dance Party
In Ants Can't Dance, every page contains an illustration of an animal alongside punny comments on that animal's dancing ability. For example, the opening page mentions that ants can't dance because they have three left feet. Another page describes polar bears' inability to dance are due to their "cold feet".
While on a page, you can tap the animal to uncover additional dialogs (mostly rebuttals from the animals) and animations. Some pages also allow you to swipe on other things (such as pictures of leaves) to see more surprises. Each page may have more than one animation, so it's wise to try and tap everything before you move on.
Navigating the app is fairly simple; you simply swipe on either sides of the page to go forward or backward. On the main screen, you can tap the "Pick a Page" link to bring up the page navigator which contains a thumbnail for each of the 25 pages in the story. You can then select a thumbnail to jump to that page.
Parents Need to Know
Ants Can't Dance is a great story for ages three and up. It's playful, and hasn't any scary or violent stuff. Non-readers can ask a grown-up to read the story for them or take advantage of the built-in narrator—simply press the first word of each sentence to have it read aloud.
The app has none of the following: in-app purchases, third-party advertising, external links, and social media. You can use the app without any Internet connection.
Things I Like
Ants Can't Dance is a fun read. Sure it doesn't have an epic plot or superheroes zooming around, but it has silly wordplay, gorgeous visuals, and catchy tunes that grab the reader's attention. Young kids will love the whimsical animations, which show animals busting out groovy dance moves. From hip-hopping bunnies to square-dancing polar bears, every page is truly a riot.
The only thing about the app that could be improved is the page-turning mechanic, which I found to be a little clunky at times. If it were a tad more responsive, surely the reading experience would be even more enjoyable. That being said, Ants Can't Dance is still a terrific choice when you want something amusing to read to your kids.
If your kids love puns, funny stories, animals, dancing, or all of these things combined, they're in luck: Ants Can't Dance is definitely their jam. It includes an original story with beautiful illustrations, built-in narration, and tons of interactivity to keep readers of all ages entertained. Greatly recommended!
App was provided for our honest review.
About The Happy Dandelion
The Happy Dandelion is the award winning studio of Donna and Joshua Wilson. Based in NYC, they conceive, create, write, illustrate, produce, publish and market their own interactive book apps.
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