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Review: ‘Hello to the Moon’ Matchbook Digital Releases a Storybook App

Matchbook Digital, known for it’s stunning photographic presentations of animal life, has released its first storybook app. Audrey Sumser reviews it below.


Title: Hello to the Moon!
Narrated by: Steve Goulding
Developed by: Matchbook Digital LLC
Platform: iOS, requires 4.0 or later
Version: 1.0
Price: $1.99

PreS-Lush artwork in a variety of media provides the background for this gentle bedtime story. Employing a celestial body to convey the interconnectedness of people around the world, the app opens with a cityscape lit by a beautiful full moon. The audience is then taken on a journey around the globe in 16 screens that depict different lands and peoples with the moon featured prominently in many of the tranquil images. Narrator Steve Goulding’s soothing tones add an additional calming effect to the story, working with the peaceful imagery to great effect.

Navigation is easy as large arrows at the right and left of the screen direct viewers’ page turns. Each screen offers an interactive element, which vcan be accessed by locating the visual clue, such as a blinking light or twinkling star. For the most part, however, their inclusion does not add any additional content or meaning to the story. For instance, on the page that shows a slightly askew photograph of a young girl representing the viewers’ grandmother as a child, the audience is cued to touch the photo by the girl’s blinking eyes. When this is done, a finger appears and straightens the photograph. Unfortunately, as is the case with the majority of the app’s screens, the interactive element can only be engaged once, which is likely to disappoint viewers accustomed to greater replay options. Nonetheless, this is a sweet story with a positive message. —Audrey Sumser, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Mayfield, OH.