What is it
Mr Glue Stories is an interactive story making app for children. Children can personalise a range of stories by: adding their name, choosing characters, recording sound and adding colour and design to each page.
There are four themes to choose from: Pirates, Princesses and Knights; Adventure; Myths, Fairies and Stars; Time of the Year and Birthdays. The books in the library are graded easy, medium and hard; there are currently only 4 books to personalise (the developers are hoping to get aspiring authors onboard.)
Once the children have finished their book they can email it to someone (this option is protected by a parent gate) or they can get it printed by the app developers! Children get a real sense of achievement seeing their work printed and bound as a high quality glossy paperback.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"How cool" when realising he can record his own voice as the story teller - Boy aged 7
"I love making stories." - Girl aged 5
- Enables children to develop their story telling skills
- Gives children the opportunity to add to a prewritten story
- Encourages children to read and follow a story
- Teaches children how a story is structured
What our experts think
We really liked the original idea behind this app; it cleverly allowed children to personalise stories and gave them the option of sharing their creations (via email or by publishing the actual book.)
The illustrations were engaging and the main character, Mr Glue, was appealing to children. The four stories that are already included are good and would appeal to boys and girls; just by reading the stories children will be able to develop their story telling skills and learn about the features of a story.
The children loved being able to add sounds and record themselves reading the story; this was a great feature for practising reading skills. Also the addition of their own names caused much delight. It was good to be able to add to the illustrations – the children liked adding colour and their own little finishing touches!
The stories in the library, characters and themes were chosen well and definitely appealed to children and their senses of humour!
It would be even better if...
We would like to have seen an option whereby the children could hear the story read and follow the words on the screen – this would have made the app accessible to children with a younger reading age.
Some shorter stories would also have been a great addition (these would hold the attention of younger/ reluctant readers.)
And, we would love to see more books added to the library!!
- Brands: Chadlington ABC Enterprises Ltd
- Key Features:
- British English
- Made in the UK
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad
Requires iOS 6.0 or later
- App Types: Educational Apps
Interactive Books & eBooks
- Types of skills developed: Literacy
Speech, language and communication skills