Paper based Grover vs eGrover

1 Nov

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The Monster at the End of This Book staring LOVABLE, FURRY OLD GROVER (Golden Books Publishing Company, 1971)

Written by: Jon Stone

Illustrated by: Mike Smollin

Sesame Workshop App (Callaway Digital Arts Inc., 2010)

Grover performed by: Eric Jacobson

Whatever format you choose, this book is great to read to children and watch their reaction the first time they hear the story.  It contains both humour and suspense, as you go with Grover on his journey through the book, and he attempts to prevent you from turning the pages to get to the end. No spoiler here.

Virtual or physical edition, your child can personalise their bookplate. One of the perks of the digital version is that it is voiced by Grover. Grover! Who, unlike other furry creatures who make the same claim, is truly lovable. I am talking about you Elmo. Another great feature of the app is that you interact with the screen and thwart an animated Grover in his endeavours to stop you turning pages, by pulling down pales and knocking down bricks. Such fun! A downside of the app, is that you have to wait for pages to load which interrupts the flow of the storytelling. An advantage of the paper based version is that you can pretend the pages are really difficult to turn, playing along with the author’s intent. A lot of children’s book apps are crap (technical library term), this one isn’t.

Can you recommend any good children’s book apps?

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3 Responses to “Paper based Grover vs eGrover”

  1. keith donovan November 1, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    This digital version should appeal to Hugo, Samuel and Julia and possibly Cordelia.I have to admit to being a Grover fan.

  2. SarahP November 19, 2012 at 8:55 pm #

    Grover: my favourite muppet! (would you believe it would have been the name of our second child had he been a boy…?) really interested in this idea of paper vs. digital – bit off the point but I was dismayed when I caught a little snippet of Sesame Street the other day and the Twiddle Bugs were CGI rather than puppets – looked so cheap to me; such sweetness to the old sets (remember distinctly a milk carton as part of their home to show scale). It’s a trend – Angelina Ballerina went cartoon to digital and Bananas in Pyjamas – I don’t know it just doesn’t have the same charm. Definitely see a place for digital books/ images, but still…

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