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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE SPACE! [IOS] – REVIEW (85%)

17 Nov

There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System is an e-book / audio book released by Oceanhouse Media.

“There’s No Place Like Space! kicks off an exciting new series of animated omBooks from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library. Children can follow along as the Cat in the Hat takes Sally and Dick on a trip though the solar system, visiting each planet and learning fun facts along the way. .”

The application gives you the options of reading the book yourself or having the pages read to you with you controlling when the page is turned.

In a change from the normal OceanHouse Media titles, this app has a different interface with arrows at the base of the screen to turn the pages rather than the usual swipe. It has the new extra interaction by giving the name of the item you touch on the screen, in writing and audibly if the book is not being read at that moment. You also have the ability of moving some items on the screen, however, the snap back into place when you let them go.

This is covers some of the important facts about space and our Solar system and manages to do it in a way that is not to Scientific or dry. There are some facts thrown in on bold text, but these can be skipped over if you children are not ready for it. My son who is almost eight loved the book and has read it again himself, my daughter who is four, loves the cat in the hat, but it was a little bit too old for her as she fell asleep while the book was being read. That said, I feel the book is aimed at maybe 7-12 year olds.

Adults may even learn something new in the book, like remembering the order of the planets.

I think this redesign in the interface from the standard one works very well and hope that it stays for future OceanHouse books.

On the upside:

  • A fun way for your children to learn about space.
  • Lots to interact with. (Playing and Learning)
  • Great now layout.

On the downside:

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

Overall, this book is a great way to teach your children about space. It has all the basic facts covered and there is lots for them to play with on screen as they go. Some pages are a lot better than others (more interaction) but generally it manages to keep you entertained all the way through. A great first book in this new learning series, I am looking forward to seeing the next.

Rating: 85%

Size: 24.0 MB

Price (at time of review): £2.49

Link: There’s No Place Like Space!: All About Our Solar System – Oceanhouse Media

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