The Duck In The Truck for iPhone. Interactive Story Book Review

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The Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough – Animated Storybook

The Duck In The Truck Rating: ★★★★★

Turn your iPhone into an interactive story book!

If you are always looking for a way to entertain your kids whilst on the go, in the doctors waiting room or just something for them to do while you do your chores this is the app for you. The Duck In The Truck is a beautifully illustrated storybook by Kidztory featuring the voice of Harry Enfield and illustrated by Jez Alborough.

The interactive story is about a duck, in a truck, that gets stuck! With the help of all his other animal friends it finally gets his truck out with a few amusing situations along the way. It is a great rhyming story with some fantastic animations.

You can choose to read along yourself or let the UK comedian Harry Enfield read it for you. You tap to start the story and straight away you are greeted with a clip of upbeat bouncy music, you tap on read me and away you go to listen to the story. To turn a page you swipe the screen and it turns over. As it turns it makes the actual sound a book would when turning. Before you turn over though you might want to tap the screen a few times in different places. Each page makes different noises, quacks, ribbits, squeaks and squelches. I read my children this story and they giggled lots to these great sound effects.

The Duck in the Truck by Jez Alborough – Animated Storybook_4

The application itself is very easy to use. You just swipe each page. If you come out of the app when you launch it back up it asks you if you would like to carry on where you left off or start again. The only thing it didn’t do which I feel would benefit it was once you had started the story there was no way of going back to the main screen. You had to either flick the page back or go out of the app and then back in. It would be ideal if there was an option to stop it and start it again on what ever page you were on.

With the option to read along yourself it gives your child a chance to have a go as well. The animation is lovely to look at and proved very popular with all my children who are of different age group. So with that in mind I would recommend it for most children up to the age of around eight. Not to say that any older child wouldn’t enjoy it as I am sure they would have fun getting involved and reading it to younger brothers or sisters. It is a great story to encourage and help your children to read.

The Good

  • Great Illustrations
  • Lovely animations and sound effects
  • Ideal way to entertain your child but also help them to read

The Not So Good

  • Stop and restart option on the page woud be handy

Price: $1.99 (iTunes Store Preview)
Updated: Apr 02, 2010
Reviewed Version: 1.1
Size: 23.8 MB
Language: English
Seller: Stepworks Company Limited
© 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd, All rights reserved
Rated 4+
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later.


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  • Emma

    I loved this app too. For the stopping and starting, if you just press the main home button on your iPod then it will pause it. When you go back in, you get the option to start again or continue. Is that what you mean ? So to pause mid story, do something else and return, you just have to hit the home button.

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