Miles and Miles of Reptiles is an interactive story book intended for children from kindergarten through fourth grade, but kids of all ages will enjoy and benefit from it. Typical Seuss-style text and illustrations are highlighted by animations, sound effects and callouts with definitions, facts, and information about reptiles.
- Two reading modes
- Definitions of bold-faced vocabulary words
- Animations on every page
- Recording/playback capabilities
- Over 30 pages of content
Miles and Miles of Reptiles is an excellent app for a wide audience. It has good narration for prereaders, engaging illustrations and animations, academic scaffolding for children of various ages, and great information that will interest many kids. The app is very well-designed with features like a page selector, recording and playback capabilities, and options that turn many features on and off to individualize the experience.
This app presents sound information that will be of interest to a wide age range, including both common and basic facts as well as some highly specialized knowledge. Users can choose the level of detail that they desire, so the casual user can breeze through the story in a few moments and the person who is intrigued by the subject can delve more deeply to learn new information.
The app supports early literacy by offering a read-to-me mode that narrates all of the text as well as a read-to-myself mode that allows more independent readers to simply touch an unfamiliar word to hear it spoken. Bold-faced subject-related words show definitions when tapped.
The recording feature allows users to record their own narration for any page. This feature is very nice because teachers/parents can have students read aloud to assess their fluency. Adults can also do narrations to personalize the experience for their children, such as addressing a child by name to improve attention or adding comments, suggestions or prompts to access a page’s other features such as definition callouts or naming unfamiliar pictures.
The app is quite informative, highlighting interesting and age-appropriate ideas about reptiles. Students can exercise their comprehension skills as well as become more knowledgeable about these creatures.
Miles and Miles of Reptiles has a lot of entertainment value, particularly for those who are already fans of Dr. Seuss’s literary style. The cadence and rhyme of the text is appealing to a wide age range and lends itself to recall. The illustrations are bright and funny, yet realistic when actual reptiles are depicted. The main characters of the story will be familiar to most readers: the Cat in the Hat, Sally, Dick, Thing 1 and Thing 2. The app also has well-placed sound effects that can be activated by tapping different pictures, as well as animations. Combined, these features will add a lot of life to this interactive book.
This is a high-quality app with lots of content and play value. With over 30 pages, it’s longer than many similar children’s book apps. Most users will want to read it again and again to find the interactive parts of each screen, to make the funny things happen, and to hear the sound effects. Younger children will be drawn to the silliness and older children will learn facts and ideas that they’ll need for school.
Miles and Miles of Reptiles is very child-friendly. In-app purchases of other titles in the series, a parents’ area, and the requested rating at the end of the book are all protected by written directions to swipe two fingers in a specific direction that changes each time it’s accessed. There are no links to social media or email, and the links to the company’s websites that open a browser are protected inside the parents’ area and also have a confirmation of action popup. It would be very difficult for a young child to accidentally access the open internet.