Tuesday, February 14, 2012

App review: Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App

Every time that I add a fun new app to my iPod, the battle to keep the iPod from my kids gets a little harder.  They know there is fun to be had, if they can just get their hands on that shiny little device! Recently I made things worse for myself when I accepted the chance to review a fun app called "Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App." Here's a bit about this app, from its website:

“Don’t Let the Pigeon Run This App!” lets you create your own Pigeon stories with your pal, Mo Willems. Just follow as the Bus Driver asks you for your ideas—then shake the Pigeon. Your story is ready! Sit back and enjoy the show. Once you’re finished, try it again…and again. You can make as many silly stories as you want.

This fully animated app includes hilarious shake-and-play technology, customized voice integration, and other exciting interactive features. Plus, you can draw the Pigeon with Mo!

Starring appearance by the Pigeon, voiced by Mo Willems!
Also starring YOU! Record your own voice as part of the story.
Pigeon-drawing tutorial with Mo!
Personalized vault for six of your favorite Big Pigeon stories!

Three unique storytelling modes!
Read-along option!
Shake-and-tap interactivity!
Pigeon-y sound effects and music!
We're big fans of the Pigeon books, so Ethan was really excited to see this app on my iPod, and he's been playing it often.  The app is primarily a storytelling app, with three modes called Egg, Chick or Big Pigeon. Since Ethan is a non-reader, he has been mostly playing with the Egg mode, which doesn't require any user input, it just tells a Pigeon story.  The story does change each time you play, which is fun and has been keeping Ethan entertained. In Chick mode, you can personalize the story by choosing from a series of options on the screen, and in Big Pigeon mode, you actually record your voice answering a series of questions, and those answers are then put into the story.

There is also a drawing mode on this app, where you can either free draw or follow along in a "Draw the Pigeon" lesson. Ethan's a big fan of drawing on the iPod, so he's also been having a great time with this feature.

All in all, my family has been having a great time with "Don't Let the Pigeon Run This App!". If your kids love the Pigeon stories, definitely check it out!

Disclosure: I received this app to review for myself, thanks to Disney Publishing and the Family Review Network. I was not compensated in any other way and all opinions posted here are mine and mine alone.


Bellesouth said...

Too cute! I've been a fan of Mo Willems for many years. He has an awesome show on Cartoon Network called Sheep in the Big City. He's brilliant in the way he appeals to all ages with his humor.