Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Review: Bob Book Reading Magic (iPhone)

We were recently given the opportunity to test out a Bob Books application for the iPhone.  The Bibliophile uses my iPhone often, and we were excited to try a new activity on it for him.  He is a fan of Bob Books (see our post here), although he has outgrown them in terms of reading level.

Product description:
"Bob Books Reading Magic shows kids how to make the connection between letters and sounds, sound out simple words and spell the words they’ve read. The game includes twelve scenes for a total of 32 words. Four game levels provide increasing challenges to children as they play."
Here's a screenshot:

Overall, this is a fun application.  It maintains the style of the original books, with a small amount of color here and there.  As a user clicks on images on the pages of the "book," a voice speaks the word and then brings the player to a page to spell the word from scrambled letters.  The game starts out quite easy, because the spots where the letters are meant to be placed are shadowed with the correct answer.  So children only need to drag the A to the A, etc.  As they do so, a voice demonstrates the appropriate phonic sound.

It wasn't obvious to our three year old tester that you can select a level of difficulty, rather than letting the game progress and get increasingly more difficult (we had written it off as a great game but too simple for the Bibliophile until I took a look at it myself tonight).  You can actually choose among four difficulty levels from the options menu.  By the 4th level, users spell a word by using letters floating on the page; letters not needed in the word are included, and there is no greyed out word where the answer belongs.  This level is much better suited for the Bibliophile at the moment.

Overall, for $1.99, it's a fantastic tool for a pre- or early reader -- and a fun way to occupy your toddler during a doctor's visit.

Bob Books Reading Magic is available in the iTunes App Store (here). An iPad version is available as well.

Disclosure: We were provided a copy of the $1.99 Bob Books application at no cost in order to write this review.


Ticia said...

that's intriguing.

Christy said...

That sounds cool. I don't have an iphone or an ipad though.