Junior Book Club Linky – 18th October 2012

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This week, I am breaking tradition somewhat, and reviewing: the LadyBird Classic Me iPad app.

It costs £1.99 and comes with 3 old skool books pre-installed. You get “The Zoo”, “Read it yourself Robinson Crusoe”, and “The old Woman and her pig’.

When you open the app, you are greeted by the screen above. You can either tap on one of the 3 included books, or go to the “shop” to make new “in app” purchases. You can purchase other books for £1.99 each.

These books are no longer available to buy with these old skool illustrations, so I LOVE the fact I can share these books with my children, even if it is via an iPad, and not the actual books. The attention to detail is brilliant – the corner of the book is starting to peel back, just like the originals did, and the page turning noises are different on each page.

The app has some great features. For starters, the book can be read to you by none other than Sir David Jason. I have to admit, I had clearly forgotten just how un-PC this story was, and I was reduced to hysterics when reading it to the kids. You can also listen to sound effects and add your own to any page of the story, as well as your own narration too if you like.

I decided to read “The old woman and her pig” to the kids first.
This book was one of my favourites as a kid. This page was my favourite…

I won’t spoil the ending for you, but the moral of this story is definitely “Don’t mess with the OAP – she will get her own way eventually!” One thing kept popping into my head all the way through the story – why didn’t she just lift the pig over the stile?!

If you are completely lacking in humour, or you didn’t read these books as a kid, don’t buy this app – you’ll hate it.
If you’re looking for a nostalgic experience to share with your children, then buy it right now!

I was pretty shocked at just how un-PC this story was, and I can imagine a lot of red-tape-wielding busy-bodies would love to get these stories banned. I for one think they are brilliant, and these crazy stories didn’t turn me into a butcher-hitting arsonist who loves a bit of animal cruelty, so I can’t see it affecting our kids too much.

At first, I thought the £1.99 price on each book was expensive, but when you hear Sir David Jason reading the book to you, you realise where the money was spent in making the app. £1.99 for a bit of nostalgia is a bargain in my eyes, and the option to add the likes of Cinderella, The Elves and the shoemaker and The Three Billy Goats Gruff to the app for £1.99 each is a no brainer.

I will definitely be recommending this app to my friends and family who read these books as kids.

This is not a sponsored post. I bought the app, I liked it so I thought I’d share it.

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