Tacky and the Winter Games ($2.99) by Oceanhouse Media is an interactive children’s story about a team of penguins who are gearing up for the Winter Games, which are modeled after the Winter Olympics. This is a very cute story with attractive hand drawn illustrations. Tacky is the main character, or main “penguin” in the story and he leads Team Nice Icy Land into sticky and clumsy situations.
Prior to the start of the Winter Games, Tacky and his teammates Goodly, Lovely, Angel, Neatly and Perfect are training for their key sporting events such as the bobsledless race, skating and more. So how does Team Nice Icy Land Do? You will have to find out by reading the book!
Each page of Tacky and the Winter Games has different sound effects that are appropriate for the story. These really add a lot to the reader’s experience. Tacky and the Winter Games will either read to you, or you can set it to read on your own. If you choose to have it read aloud, the words will highlight in blue as they are spoken so you can follow along. If you want a page re-read, you just tap the screen. This is a nice feature, especially during a song in the story that has music and words. This way you can repeat it and kids a chance to learn the tune.
This storybook is unique in how some of the page turns use the same picture, but zoom into a different area. It is similar to the Ken Burns effect, which makes a still picture seem like it has motion. On the picture itself, you can touch different objects and they will speak and write out the name the object to provide picture and word associations.
Tacky and the Winter Games is a very clever story and kids will love it all year round. It has a quirky but happy ending, making for a great bedtime story.