Danger at sea – without getting wet!

Small daughter had great fun at the weekend trying a new Kindle book out.   We don’t have a Kindle but it was easy to download to an iPod with an app.  It’s called Your Book, Your Story – Mermaid Adventure and it’s an interactive book for children aged 4-9 who may or may not need any help to read it.  I don’t usually do reviews like this but I happen to know the author very well so I’ve made an exception in this case 😀.

The idea of the book is to help to rescue a mermaid Princess who has gone missing.  As the main character, you develop a tail and swim into an underwater world to join in the adventure.  At the end of every page, you have to make a decision.  Do you turn left or right?  Do you speak to someone or not?   Do you swim or hide?  The choice is always yours and whatever you decide can help you to find the Princess or lead you into danger.

Small daughter didn’t need any help at all as the pages are short and the language is easy, but she did want to read the book with me so that she could see what decisions I made.  Even big daughter had to have a go and it was lovely to watch the girls reading together.  The best thing about this book is that you can make new decisions every time and read the story again and again.  This would make it ideal for travelling or perhaps for reluctant readers who need an incentive to get to the end of every page, or for children who devour books at an expensive rate (I know a few of those!).

I used to love books like this when I was younger, although they were often written as a fantasy game or in a rather more boyish style.  This one was much more up small daughter’s street, and I know the author has plans for more up her sleeve.  Small daughter is already looking forward to the next one!

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