“So here we are at the start of our story, about a girl with a crowning glory. Well, that’s what her mother had always said; Kiki thought it had something to do with her head. Since from there fell hair that was soft as silk, Just like a waterfall of chocolate milk.” Meet Kiki. She’s a delightful, creative, impetuous girl who’s up for just about anything, except maybe combing her hair. It takes too much time, its such a bother, why not just let it be. So begins the adventure of the girl who determined that there are just so many more important ways to spend her time than brushing her hair. This story is absolutely hilarious and the activities are very entertaining.
I found Kiki’s exploits reminiscent of Ramona Quimby as she squeezes the toothpaste out in a mush and paints pictures on every right shoe. You never know what to expect with this story. There are interactive activities on each page as the tangle on Kiki’s head grows from a pillow, to a substitute rucksack and a even doubles up as a bird family’s nest. As it continues to enlarge it begins to take on a slightly green tint when it sprouts sprigs of basil, oregano and mint.
Although Mother Nature is pleased with the mess, Kiki’s own mom is not. Will she ever get that hair under control and regain her darling daughter? No matter the answer Kiki will always have an “amazing hair story.”
There is a poetic quality to the writing style that not only stages a story young and old will enjoy, but provides an opportunity to teach literary principles. In a non threatening and completely charming way students could be invited to identify elements, such as rhyme, cadence, couplets, metaphors, and similes. I can see great potential for this app in the classroom.
You have some choices with narration. Select from two narrators, child or adult, or turn them off and read it yourself. Both narrations are wonderful so, I doubt you will want to.
Two games are available with the story. First, there are 20 hairbrushes hidden among the pages. Find them all to unlock the jig-saw puzzles, which happen to be quite challenging. My daughter was disappointed that I played first and found all the hidden hairbrushes, leaving her just the puzzles. But I have a sneaky mom trick up my sleeve. You can reset the story and lock the bonus game in the settings so readers can enjoy the challenge of finding the brushes again and again.
Oh, What a Tangle is brought to you by digital leaf whose motto is “making stories come to life.” I am completely won over and can hardly wait to try the other stories I found while perusing their apps.
Price when Reviewed: $4.99
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of this app for review purposes.