Saturday, November 16, 2013

The Mighty League App

Geek Club Books presents a children's storybook series about a real life boy growing up with Asperger's Syndrome. The books have been created as an interactive app for iOS, Kindle Fire, Nook, PC and Mac. These stories are about an “aspie” superhero who just wants to be normal but has a family who wants him to be anything but.

The interactive storybook features JMan and his hedgehog sidekick, Mr. Redge. Jman is based on the life of Jonathan Murphy, narrator of the books. The books were written by his sister, Molly Murphy. The books are aimed at promoting self-acceptance, awareness, and an understanding for others who are different. In The Terrible Taunting, JMan and Mr. Redge save a classmate from being bullied and make a new friend in the process. The reading level is aimed at ages 5-11.

Special features include:

  • You can change the superhero, JMan, into super-heroine, Jaycee.
  • Touch Mr. Redge on every page and a secret notebook pops up with age-appropriate information on Aspergers Syndrome, being different, and bullying.
  • Over 70 interactive sounds and animations including capes waving, speech bubbles, character movements, and more.
  • Original “I'm Unique, I'm a Geek” theme song by award-winning children's performing artist, AndyZ.
  • Easy to use navigation, customization, and page turning effects.
  • Narration with word highlighting, self-read, or record your own narration options.
  • Project Based Learning Curriculum aligned with Common Core State Standards available as a free download here.
The interactive books help open the discussion about feeling different, accepting others with differences, autism spectrum, bullying and conflict resolution. It is a great resource for teachers and parents.

To see how the books work and download a free sample, you can go to the Black Fish website to download the app. (I have an iPad so I just went to the iTunes App Store and downloaded the free Back Fish app.) Once you've downloaded the app, go to the “store” and you'll see all of the titles available.

I think you'll be amazed at these books. 

Why don't you give it a try. Grab your iPad (or other device) and download the app. I think you and your kids will really enjoy The Terrible Taunting for only $3.99.

Find out what others are saying: Smart Apps for Kids and The iMums.

I'm participating in a blog tour of this app and you can see more reviews here.

While the app itself is free, as are several books, I was provided with a complimentary download of one of The Terrible Taunting for the purpose of this review.

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