Recently my daughter and I had the chance to review Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure for iPad by Pinkerton Road.
Just looking at the picture above, aren’t Lola and Lucy the most gorgeous dogs you have ever seen. I love their curiosity and determination in this story.
Let me tell you a little about what Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure is all about. The two adorable bull dogs live with Baxter family in Vermont. One day they ran into a Australian Shepherd who tells them that if a dog doesn’t have a job then they are no dog at all. So Lola and Lucy are wondering what their job is. I don’t really want to tell you to much because you really need to read the story to find out. But the conversation with the Australian Shepperd is what begins their journey cross – country to seek out their purpose – only to find out they really are miles away from home and they miss their family.
I love the fresh and crisp graphics that make you feel like your right there in the story in real life. What I noticed was every page had some sort of interaction. Which when it comes to a 4 year old… she was amazed by all the stuff she could interact with. The sounds and the movement on the pages were really interesting.
One thing that really caught my attention when I was looking this over was that there is picture book version for the younger kids and a chapter book version for the older kids. I really love this feature because I have a 4 year old and a 11 year old. So I can use it with both of them.
There are 13 mini games in this storybook app. If you look above that is an example of one of them. The dogs are trying to follow the milk truck. Won’t tell you why you have to read it to find out My daughter and I didn’t unlock all of them but we did unlock most of them. So we have to go back through and figure out where we missed them.
Another things I really liked was there was a section in the app that you actually got to learn a few things on different dog breeds. I found that very interesting as well.
There is also three different modes as well: Read to Me, Read by Myself, and Autoplay. My daughter and I used the Read To Me version.
I love the fact that there is a interactive United States map that lets you revist landmarks on Lola and Lucy’s Journey.
My overall thought:
Lola and Lucy’s Journey is a heart warming story that takes them on a adventure of a life time.
Do I have your attention yet? Why not try it before you buy it. You can download Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure Lite Version for free. Right now Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure has a holiday sale and is $3.99 in the itunes store.
Disclaimer: I was not paid for this review. I did receive a copy of Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure for my review. The opinions in this blog post are 100% mine.
Spectacular illustrations and digital diversions drive this sweet tale of two Vermont bulldogs in search of a purpose.
Having learned that dogs are supposed to have jobs and, from a peek online, that bulldogs were bred to hold bulls’ noses, Lucy and Lola embark on a cross-country quest. It takes them from Wall Street’s bronze bull to a dairy farm, South Dakota (in search of “Sitting Bull”), a western rodeo and other bullish locales—all of which are laid out on a retractable map of the United States. A laid-back California bull finally lets them take an anticlimactic grab (“His nose was cold, wet and not very exciting. ‘I guess it isn’t the same if the bull lets you,’ Lucy said”). He then clues them in before a happy closing reunion with their frantic human family: “A dog’s job is…to bring comfort and joy to the human heart.” The dogs’ wrinkled mugs steal the show in the photorealistic visuals, but the plethora of interactive elements aren’t far behind. Along with the map, a multi-entry encyclopedia of dog breeds, two paint boxes and 13 dexterity-based minigames, 286 animations or sound effects respond to screen taps (as an incentive to start over, readers are presented at the end with a tally of how many they found). Furthermore, the narrative is available in either “Picture Book” or “Chapter Book” versions, with optional audio readings and an auto-play option.
A doggy road trip with nary a dull moment…no bull. (free sampler in iTunes) (iPad storybook app. 5-9)
Read the Review
Lucy and Lola are two lovely English Bulldogs who live with the Baxter family in Vermont, USA. They could not imagine wanting to do anything else but spend their days playing with Janie and Dale, the Baxter children, until one day at the park, an Australian Shepherd a tells them – “A dog without a job is no dog at all!”
The encounter leaves Lucy and Lola determined to find out what kind of dogs they are, and what their job is. Soon they discover that, as English Bulldogs, they are bred to help farmers by holding bulls by their nose. And so, Lucy and Lola embark on a cross-country quest to discover their destiny.
Along the way they meet a barrage of characters and have a number of adventures. This is where the true interactivity of this ebook is showcased. Each adventure combines an exciting mini game where the reader captures butterflies or chases Dobermans.
This story is wonderfully illustrated and Lucy and Lola are adorable, playful pups that stick together adventure through adventure, determined to complete their mission. The greatest appeal of the book is that it combines sound, colour and movement together with a heart-warming storyline that appeals to even the youngest of audiences.
The navigation is easy and intuitive. My three-year-old son was able to follow the story and steer through the application by himself. He loved to uncover the surprises and especially liked the noises the animals make.
The 29 interactive story screens will keep children entertained while they follow Lucy and Lola on their mission to find a bull, only to discover their true purpose in life is to be with and love their human family. This book is bound to be a success with readers of all ages as it provides the option of a narrated picture book and an on-screen text option for older self-readers.
I thoroughly enjoyed following the story. I loved watching my son interact with the pages and uncover surprises along the way.
This ebook is accessible through the iTunes app store. The first six pages can be downloaded for free and the entire book is available for $4.99. I highly recommend giving this book a go. It is a wonderful story of friendship, adventure and finding your way home.
Lola and Lucy’s Big Adventure: A Kids Storybook with Games is released by Pinkerton Road and is available on iTunes for $4.99. Suitable for kids 4 and up.