Bobo Explores Light
Juraj Hlavac; Craig Fusco; Dean MacAdam
2011 (Game Collage LLC)
iPad book app ($4.99)
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
Cybils finalist in book app category
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Sometimes in life, you just do stupid things. When I first read Bobo Explores Light, for some reason I didn't think that much of it. I must have hit my head that day. When I went back and read it again, I realized that many of my hopes and dreams for nonfiction in the book app form had been realized. Bobo the robot trips the light fantastic and takes the reader on a journey to explore this most necessary phenomenon. Bobo starts his adventure with the Sun. Each section features three subsections where readers can learn different facts connected to the main topic on the screen. For example, Big and Small talks about the size of the Sun. Did You Know discusses gas, the heat of the Sun, and its relationship to the rest of the galaxy. There's a pretty nifty short video that goes along with this. The third subsection, Party Time!, tells readers about the history of solstice celebration. Back on the main screen, there is a lineup of the planets on the left side where readers can touch a planet and get a visual on the distance between it and the Sun. This is incredibly cool. Other topics explored include lightning, Thomas Edison, reflection, refraction, color, and many other subjects related to light.
If you have a child who loves nonfiction, you have to get this app. The information is supplemented by games and videos that are highly entertaining. If you have access to an iPad, you can ask a reader to create a graphic organizer on one of the topics in the app. They could turn around and write a short report. You could also use this with a document camera to provide a visual for a topic related to light. Bobo Explores Light sets a high bar for nonfiction book apps to follow.
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