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Wubbzy's The Night Before Christmas

Wubbzy's The Night Before Christmas

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Developer: Cupcake Digital
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad
Review:

Fans of the popular Nick, Jr. TV show Wow Wow Wubbzy! will enjoy reading along as Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daisy embark on adventures in space, on a train, as a pirate, or, in this case, while waiting for Christmas.

Although many family testers noted the fun factor, they did not return similar ratings for the educational aspect. That said, if these four familiar and popular cartoon characters can encourage preschoolers to explore reading, we're all for it. To quote Bob Boyle, Wubbzy's creator, "First and foremost we want to entertain kids and make them laugh. We use humor to drive our stories. In fact we have joked that 'comedy is our curriculum!' We use classic cartoon physical comedy as a way to keep the kids laughing so that they just naturally soak up the underlying message. Just like a good kitchen sponge!"

Cupcake Digital's characters, graphics, and voices are true to the TV show, the home screen shows three self-explanatory options: Read to Me, Read & Play, Just a Book. The navigation bar displays friendly icons for Home, Pages, Videos, Games, Options and Paint. A selection of 2 to 3 games, videos, and coloring pages is consistently available from title to title. As a bonus, the skeuomorphic page turning sound of the screen swipe is very satisfying. After the final story screen, there is a Grown-Up's Corner with a few suggestions to prompt parents to talk with their children about the story.

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Look for this product at:
Cupcake Digital
http://www.CupcakeDigital.com
Available on iTunes

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