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Quick Look: The Monster At The End Of This Book

A quick look at the iPad interactive version of the classic Sesame Street book 'The Monster At The End Of This Book', developed by Callaway Digital Arts and which has recently been updated.

Grover

We have not mentioned this app before now because, frankly, it was a bit disappointing and crashed repeatedly on the same page every time we read it through with the iPad Creative kids.

This caused no end of annoyance and frustration for little kids and big kids alike.

That changed though with the recent upgrade to version 1.2 a few weeks ago and now we feel we can recommend the app for your little ones, with a few caveats.

Fun and Interactive

The app has some great voice acting by Grover and really makes our kids giggle as his sense of panic heightens the closer you get to the end of the book. The interactive elements are fun too, encouraging you to move the story along by breaking down the various obstacles that Grover puts in the way to try and stop you turning the page, something which the kids really liked.

The text is highlighted as it is read by Grover and the synchronisation of this with the voice narration has greatly improved in the new version. The illustrations are as per the original book and are animated in keeping with the feel of the paper version.

A Bit Slow

Although there have been some major improvements in speed and crash prevention in this version, the animations still take a relatively long time to load whilst you stare at a blank page. It is only a matter of maybe 6 seconds or so at worst, but it feels a lot longer when you are waiting and is still long enough to annoy, especially impatient youngsters.

Some of the interactions can be a bit slow to respond too with our little testers touching the screen repeatedly when it didn't respond quickly enough meaning that by the time the app caught up, the wall (in this case) had already collapsed.

We have to say, this didn't happen every time (we have taken the Developers' advice and restarted our iPad after install) but occasionally these issues did still pop up.

Overall

All things considered though, we liked the app and, more importantly, our little ones like it and keep going back to it, a sure sign that something has been done well enough to appeal to its target audience.

The Monster At The End Of This Book is available for $3.99 (£2.39) on the app store.

If you have tried this app on your iPad and would like to add your thoughts please leave us a comment below.