Caped crusaders, 50 interactive features, and a message: will children respond to this story? Our reviewer Wayne Cherry thinks so. Read on.
Title: Brave Rooney
Author: Gerry Renert
Illustrated by: Barry Gott
Developed by: Bacciz LLC
Platform: iOS, requires 3.2 or later
K-Gr 3-In the town of MajesticVille, everybody is a superhero. Rooney, however, lives on the exact spot where NormalVille and MajesticVille meet. When the boy arrives at Captain Majestic Memorial for the first day of school, his classmates are surprised to discover that Rooney doesn’t have any special skills. But after a National Poetry Week assignment is announced, the superheroes-in-training learn that bravery comes in all forms.
The app has “Read to Me” and “I Can Read” options as well as others for page turns, interactive features, music, volume, and text language (English or Chinese). The automatic page turns are quick, so users that want to enjoy all of the interactivity should be advised to choose turn this feature off.
Viewers may notice a few anomalies in the colorful cartoon illustrations and in the app’s functionality. For example, hands holding a blanket stay attached to it when the blanket is removed and tapping certain interactive features can bring readers to the preceding page. Despite these shortcomings, Brave Rooney is an entertaining app with a worthwhile message. It’s is a story that students will return to again and again, and one that parents probably won’t tire of reading.-Wayne Cherry, Jr., Library Director First Baptist Academy