I recently told you guys about Laura’s Journey to the Stars. It’s an incredibly cute and sweet storybook app that tells an imaginative tale in a truly interactive and engaging way. Well, now I’m back to tell you about the follow-up story Laura’s Star and the Dream-Monsters!
The same wonderful features from the first edition are all there in Dream-Monsters, but with a whole new take. What do I mean? Well, besides a completely fresh story, the interactive games are new ones that let you guide Laura and her brother Tommy through a maze, steer a Dream Boat in the sky to avoid obstacles, and even unlock a secret door with the correctly shaped key.
The narrator’s soothing voice still pulls me in immediately. It’s just so calming and peaceful, you totally put your trust in this guy and listen intently to what he’s going to say next! Kind of like how Mr. Rogers used to do it back when I was a kid. And it’s neat that you can choose from three different languages (English, Mandarin Chinese and German).
As for the story, this one totally relates to every childhood nightmare your kids have had (and will unfortunately have). Yep, monsters! I remember as a kid, I was never scared of monsters under the bed for some reason, but I was petrified they’d come out of my closet. To this day, I still need to make sure my closet door is closed before going to bed. Yeah, my wife just laughs and rolls her eyes at my “closet monster” fear.
In this story, Laura’s awakened by her little brother Tommy who’s having bad dreams about Dream-Monsters. Using the power of her Dream Star, Laura and Tommy go on an exciting adventure into the dream world itself! They confront the silly Dream-Monsters and… well, I’m not going to spoil the ending for you but let’s just say Laura’s the kind of big sister any kid would be lucky to have!
The coloring and artwork in Laura’s Star and the Dream-Monsters is what really catches my eye. Yes, this is a slick, digital app, but the style somehow comes across as if you’re reading a beautifully illustrated picture book to your child.
It’s also so much fun to look around each page and try to find the hidden animations. Touch a sleeping cat and it may just move and meow at you! Or turn off a light with a touch. I must have a zillion fingerprints on my iPad from touching it all over the place in this story.
If you have young kids just learning how to read or that just love to listen to you tell the story, I definitely recommend Laura’s Star and the Dream-Monsters, as well as the entire series. It’s such a high-quality app with a fun story that kids can listen to on their own at any time.
At just $2.99, this is cheaper than most picture books I’ve seen. Plus, there’s no way your kid’s going to rip any of the pages in this book! Let’s just hope they don’t drop it in the toilet, though…
Key features of Laura’s Star and the Dream-Monsters include:
- Beautifully drawn illustrations by the popular children’s book illustrator Klaus Baumgart
- More than 60 animated scenes, clever sound effects, and interactive mini games
- Captivating narration by native speakers in three languages: English, German, and Mandarin Chinese
- Intuitive, child-friendly controls suitable for ages two to five
- Social media sharing, volume and language controls, and library panel accessible via the title page’s teddy bea
- No in-app purchases
Laura’s Star and the Dream-Monsters is available now for just $2.99