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Even Monsters Are Shy

Even Monsters Are Shy

Fall 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 6 yrs.
Developer: Busy Bee Studios
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Ben gets three toys, two circus tickets and a monster for his birthday. But his Monster, whom he named Gurk, is so shy that he hides in the closet during the birthday party. Playing out in the yard, Gurk doesn't do any better. Ben invites his friend Harry over with his monster, Zub, but when Gurk sees them he is gone in a flash. When Ben realizes that even monsters can be shy, he suggests to Gurk that they go to the circus this weekend with his birthday tickets. To get ready, Ben has a plan to help Gurk get over his shyness. Step one is smile. Step two is say hello. Step three is be yourself. But these helpful suggestions aren't enough and Ben gives his circus tickets away to a friend. He doesn't want to go without his best friend monster. They are both very glum as they watch people go to and return from the circus. Gurk has a big surprise for Ben the next day. He has made friends with other monsters and they put on their own circus. Now Gurk is the most popular monster on the street and lots of kids bring their monsters to Gurk's School for Shyness. The storybook app is well designed and illustrated. The narrator is charming and believable. In addition to the Read to Me and I Can Read options, there are animated surprises and eight games incorporated throughout.

A lovely antidote for shyness - for young children and the families who love them.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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Busy Bee Studios
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