Pigeon Presents…Mo on the Go!
Available for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (requires iOS 4.3 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.) $3.99 and Nook, $2.99.
With this app, your kids will have fun with their favorite characters from Mo Willems’ popular books. They can drive the bus with pigeon, make Elephant and Piggie dance and create their own monsters with Leonardo the Terrible Monster! My favorite is drawing with Mo. If you tap on Meet Mo, the author- illustrator explains how this game works. First Mo draws a “squillem” which he describes as a “silly wiggly line”. Then the child adds to this line to create a unique drawing. This part of the app encourages a child’s imagination.
In the section labeled sticker pictures, you can either use a preloaded photograph as the background or you can create your own background photo using your device’s camera. Then your child can choose “stickers” to add to the photo. Most of the stickers are variations of Willems’ characters, but you can also choose “squillems” you’ve created and saved.
I also enjoyed the upbeat jazzy background music that accompanies parts of the app.
On the main page if you tap on the pigeon snoring which is labeled “boring stuff” you can read how each section of the app works.The boring stuff also lists credits for the app including voice credits, and after the credits, it lists books by Mo Willems. If your child has never experienced a Mo Willems’ book, you must run to your local library to find one or more and let the fun begin.
Within the various games in this app, the characters tell you what to do which makes it great for younger children who aren’t reading yet.
Recommended for children preschool and up- (who doesn’t love the pigeon?)
Donna C (Schimelpfenig Library)
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