Scruffy Kitty app review

scruffy kitty menu Scruffy Kitty app reviewScruffy Kitty (Winged Chariot, 2010), a charming interactive e-book aimed at toddlers and preschoolers, tells the simple story of an alley cat’s typical day on the street — from mouse-chasing to garbage-eating to singing out of tune. But when bedtime approaches, Scruffy Kitty finds himself outside a cozy house looking in.

The slight text leaves plenty of room for art to fill in the narrative, making this digital application function very much like a traditional picture book, complete with simulation page turns. Sparse use of animation and sound effects enhance the story without gilding the lily — animations appear once per page. However, exploration can be frustrating because touching the screen anywhere outside the hidden animation area results in unwanted page turns.

The app offers narration in five languages — Dutch, English, French, Japanese, and Spanish — as well as a “read myself” option. Additionally, a sticker activity accessible from the main menu features a nighttime scene with sticker selections pulled straight from the book. When your masterpiece is complete, you can save it to the image library on your mobile device.

scruffy kitty page Scruffy Kitty app review

Young users will likely snicker at Scruffy Kitty’s antics and delight in his transformation to a spoiled house cat.

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 3.1.3 or later); $4.99.

share save 171 16 Scruffy Kitty app review
Shara Hardeson About Shara Hardeson

Shara Hardeson is a former editorial assistant at The Horn Book Guide.

Comment Policy:
  1. Be respectful, and do not attack the author or other commenters. Take on the idea, not the messenger.
  2. Don't use obscene, profane, or vulgar language.
  3. Stay on point. Comments that stray from the topic at hand may be deleted.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through (though some comments with links to multiple URLs are held for spam-check moderation by the system). If you see something objectionable, please let us know. Once a comment has been flagged, a staff member will investigate.

We accept clean XHTML in comments, but don't overdo it and please limit the number of links submitted in your comment. For more info, see the full Terms of Use.

Speak Your Mind

*