Cookie Next Door ~ Rainy Days lets children create, narrate, and soundtrack their own stories. Kids will love hamming it up as they create different voices and story lines for this sandbox-style digital comic book.
Billed as a “storyteller kit with voice discombobulator,” the app’s splash screen emulates a surprise package that just arrived in the mail. After opening the package the child can create a new story (“Let’s Play”) or visit the storyteller’s theater, voice studio, and bookshelf.
The first time one uses the app, it instructs the user how to record his voice, turn pages, and walks him through recording the audio for the comic’s first panel.
Kids can also collect the stars in each new comic bubble to unlock rewards including new pages and characters.
To recorder simply speaks into the old-timey microphone that pops up on the screen. The app counts down 3,2,1, then the user records his message and taps the red button to stop recording. Don’t like what you said? Then hold a finger over the panel for a minute, and the audio will reset.
Download Cookie Next Door ~ Rainy Days for the iPad from the App Store for $3.99
What I liked: The voice discombobulator is really cool. Kids will love making characters that don’t all sound alike. It was fun to adjust the sound of all five cast members’ voices.
What I didn’t like: The app crashed several times while I was trying to create a story. I recommend recording at least the first page the first time you use the app. When I recorded only the first test panel, the app wouldn’t unlock page one when I came back to keep working.
To buy or not to buy: Kids with big imaginations will have a great time dreaming up new dialogue for Cookie and friends.
- App Name: Cookie Next Door ~ Rainy Days
- Version Reviewed: 1.01
- Category: Books
- Developer: Sabodu
- Price: $3.99