My Naughty Shadow introduces kids to a little girl and her shadow. Like their shadows, kids will find that her shadow is a little bit naughty. It likes to skip down the stairs, play hide and seek, and jump out and scare her. For kids who are afraid of their own shadows, this cute little story offers a playful way to help them talk about their fears. For kids who love their shadows, this story gives them a chance to play with another little girl’s shadow and imagine all the fun things their own shadows can do.
- Read to Me text
- Interactive illustrations
- Gorgeous illustrations
- Mood-setting background music
Kids get right to the story when they open the app. A pull down menu allows them to adjust the volume of the narrator’s voice and the background music. They can also opt to restart the story and turn off hints. The hints are a small hand that shows kids how to interact with the illustrations on each page and can be very helpful, especially the first time kids read through the story. The story itself is read clearly and the interactive illustrations work very well. Left and right arrows guide kids from page to page so they can easily move through the story.
This story lacks a bit in the form of educational quality. Capitalization and punctuation in the text of the story appears to be used sparingly and somewhat randomly. The story also lacks highlighted narration. Kids can, however, tap on a sentence to hear it repeated. While the story lacks some of the more formal educational components, it does a good job of addressing emotional skills and, in particular, the fear that kids occasionally face when they first discover their shadows.
My Naughty Shadow is a cute story that kids will enjoy reading through. The background music, illustrations, and narrator’s voice all work together to set a slightly spooky tone for the story. Kids will enjoy interacting with the illustrations to make the shadow move in its naughty way.
Even though it lacks highlighted narration and uses sporadic punctuation, the quality of this story is still high. It is a great value for kids interested in their shadows or those simply looking for a cute story to read.
The app is advertised as a bedtime story, but the dark color scheme and background music may make it a bit too spooky for younger kids to read at night. At the end of the story, kids will find an icon advertising another app from the developer, but it is protected by a parental lock.
- NO external links
- NO social media
- NO 3rd party ads
- NO in-app purchase
- YES “more apps” (protected, but visible)