09 May

Five Little Monkeys sitting in a tree is an e-book / audio book and is published by Oceanhouse Media.

This book gives you the options of reading the book yourself, having the read to you (and you control the page turns) or the complete book read to you automatically. The application also adds extra interaction by touching something on the screen the name appears in print and word is spoken.

The story is by Eileen Christelow and is an original tale based on the five little monkeys (of bed fame) and their effects to tease Mr Crocodile to try and Catch them. The story is really similar to the jumping on the bed story.

This book is really just for kids.

SPOILER: My youngest child got upset because she believed the monkeys were being eaten by the crocodile, until my eldest child pointed out that they were hiding in the branches of the tree.

On the upside:

  • Interactive with the book adds to the “re-readability” of the book.
  • Universal for iPad and iPhone
  • Nicely drawn and animated

On the downside:

  • No page selector to jump into the story to your favorite bit of the book.

Overall, the book is a good book, but not the best of the Five Little Monkey book. My seven year old son enjoyed the tale, but my 3 year old daughter did not like it even on the second read, when she know no monkeys were harmed. It is another quality product from Oceanhouse Media, and if you kids are fans of the Five Little Monkey storys it is worth getting.

Rating: 74%

Size: 19.8 MB

Price (at time of review): £1.79

Link: Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree – Oceanhouse Media


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