Amwal Al Ghad - 2012-08-26 08:43:08
When is a book no longer a book?
I wasn’t expecting to have my mind blown by the iPad app of the children’s story “Another Monster at the End of This Book.” The tale, of course, is about itself: Grover, probably the world’s most lovable furry monster (from the Sesame Street) cooks up a half-dozen schemes to prevent the reader from turning pages to get to the promised fright at the end. In this sequel to the all-time classic There’s a Monster at the End of This Book that was a runaway hit with children and adults alike, Grover is joined by Elmo, the other Seseame Street lovable muppet monster - a casting move nakedly designed to appeal to a younger audiences - who, eager to meet the monster, encourages us to subvert all of Grover’s defenses. The fun increases in leaps and bounds as Elmo urges us to ignore all of grover’s warnings and get to the end of the book to know who the monster is.
The iPad version is animated and interactive. Grover keeps begging us not to turn the page in his real whiny-gravelly voice. To help Elmo get to the end, you’ve got to swipe away the paper clips, glue, and alphabet blocks that Grover puts up to block each page. At first, this is delightful; when I offered the app to my 19-month-old son Khalil, he was instantly smitten. But as I watched him play with Another Monster, I began to wonder what was really going on. More»