- Incredible Graphics
- Adorable Interactions
- Bit Pricey
Do you have a much loved copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar on your bookshelf? Working tiny fingers through the holes in the pages made this book a favorite to share with my girls in the toddler phase. Now that little caterpillar, we called him Wormy, comes to life in your very own interactive app, My Very Hungry Caterpillar.
As with the book, My Very Hungry Caterpillar is created to help small children explore and learn. It’s their job to help the caterpillar grow from tiny egg to beautiful butterfly. He starts as a spotted egg in the orchard, tap it to help him hatch. Now its time to find some food. Pick fruit from the trees and place them on the ground, he knows what to do and inches on over to eat his way through. He’s really not picky, munching his way through a variety of apples, pears, and plums leaving perfect little holes behind. Strawberries are good too, but you will have to water them to get them to grow, adding play and learning as children plant the seeds and watch them mature. Fun is also found on the duck pond and toy box pages. The more you play the more toys appear. Children will love watching Wormy bounce the ball around or float on a yellow duck back. Revisiting this tale, my daughters enjoyed helping him swing on a vine with the tilt action screen.
Wormy needs three things for him to grow, food, play and sleep. Meters located at the top of the screen let you know when he’s full and played enough that he needs a nap. Guide him to the stump and cover him with a leaf, you’ll see him grow as each stage completes. You even get to help him emerge from the pupa by tapping each layer to make it fall away. Don’t worry that the app fun is over once the butterfly appears, children can make a rabble of them to fly around as they continue the adventure.
Shifting Eric Carle’s bold, bright illustrations to app form was masterfully carried out. I still found the brush strokes of his hand crafted papers on each scene. Preschoolers and toddlers will have no trouble using the app on their own after a quick run through with a parent and it is a wonderful rest time adventure to share. I thought the app might be a bit over priced, but for a family favorite I’d definitely add it to my shelf.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.