The Passionate Librarian Reviews Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure

Based on my last experience with a paid eBook, I was somewhat reluctant to purchase another; however, Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure was available as a free sampler, so after testing the free version out on my daughter resulting in both of us falling in love with these two dogs, I made the $4.99 leap and purchased the full version.

Meet Lola & Lucy, four year old English Bulldogs who live with their owners in Vermont.  They are perfectly happy with their human siblings, Janie and Dale, Lola and Lucy never really thought about their purpose in life until they met Barney, the Australian Shepherd whose certainty in his own purpose made Lola and Lucy question theirs.  Upon returning home, Lucy borrowed Bill’s computer.  The two bulldogs find out that their breed was originally bred to help farmers with their bulls.  Determined to find a bull and discover their destiny, Lola and Lucy set out on an adventure to New York as this is where they believe that they will be able to find a bull.  On their way, they get help from a talented squirrel and an unsuspecting truck driver, following clue after clue, just missing the bull as he travels from farm to farm.  Finally a dog named, Trigger seems to understand what Lola and Lucy want and lead them right to a bull; unfortunately, this bull does not care about their quest to find their purpose and promptly scares them away.  Back on the road, they head for California and end up at farm where they meet, Old Jack, whose more than willing to have them experiment on him but more importantly shares some important wisdom with Lola and Lucy.  Finding a “lost” poster at the farm, Lola and Lucy catch a ride home in a milk truck with a renewed sense of purpose, to be with their human family.

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PadGadget Review – Join Two Adorable Bulldogs in Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure: A Kids Storybook with Games

Even though they love their cozy Vermont lifestyle, and their humans, English Bulldogs Lola and Lucy are called to discover their true job as dogs in Lola and Lucy’s Great Adventure: A Kids Storybook with Games. The pups cross-country adventure begins after they encounter Barney the Australian Shepherd, who is appalled that they don’t “work,” saying, “a dog without a job is no dog at all.”

The story is based on two real dogs with the same names who live on a Pennsylvania farm. The gorgeous, colorful paintings that comprise Lola and Lucy’s illustrations were inspired by photos of the real dogs.

Not only will kids love getting to know Lola and Lucy, but the story also teaches US geography with its included map, and introduces the concept of dogs having “jobs.” Lucy and Lola use the Internet to determine that their job is to help farmers wrangle bulls, and head to New York after reading a newspaper article about a “bull market.”

Readers may choose from “read to me,” “read to self,” and “autoplay” options. It’s easy to search, jump pages, or read about the real life Lola and Lucy. The reader can tap the red camera button to take a picture.

Download Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure: A Kids Storybook with Games from the App Store for free. Purchase the entire story from within the app for $3.99.

What I liked: Because the story includes both picture book and storybook text it is appropriate for a wide range of ages, plus some readers might choose to revisit the story as a chapter book when they are ready.

What I didn’t like: Nothing! This original story is not only funny and heart-warming, it also successfully integrates interactivity into the story without distracting the reader.

To buy or not to buy: The first six pages of Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure are free, so there’s no reason not to give this educational, fun story a try.

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Apps 4 Kids Review: Why we like this app?

Complex and multi-layered, this storybook will keep older kids entertained with lots of surprises and mini-games while they follow bulldogs Lucy and Lola on a cross-country trip. A stunning presentation with realistic photo-illustrations, menus and maps, it offers two reading modes as well as narration, so it goes from a picture book to a text book as the kids grow. The real Lucy and Lola, who modeled for the book, have their own Facebook page with pictures and backstories, which are sure to delight their young fans as they wait for more of the lovable dogs’ adventures.

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