City Nights


  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4 stars
  • Recommended

  • City Nights
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  • Last modified: January 29, 2015
  • Quality
    Editor: 80%
  • Education
    Editor: 90%
  • Entertainment
    Editor: 80%
  • Value
    Editor: 80%
  • Child Friendly
    Editor: 100%

Review Summary:

City Nights is a cute ebook with a soothing poem that would be perfect for use as a bedtime story. Children can watch as the busy city settles down for the night and help put the sleepy young main character to bed.

App Info

Price: Free
AppStore User Rating: Download on the App Store

Overview

City Nights is a soothing ebook featuring vivid descriptions of the city at night in rhyming verse. Young readers will enjoy the sounds of the city slowing in the evening. Kids who live in the city will enjoy the familiarity and kids who live in the country will relish a unique experience.

Features include:

  • Unique art work
  • Vivid, poetic language
  • Read to me and read to myself modes
  • Interactive animations
  • Engaging and realistic sound effects

Quality

City Nights is a well-made app that children will enjoy. The interface is intuitive, and the narration is of high quality. The animations and sound effects on each page are simple, yet effectively represent city sights and sounds. However, there are times when the interactions didn’t seem to respond to touch like they should have, and several instances when the menu did not activate completely. It was showing, but the links were not responding. The problem seemed to be that the menu bar was incompletely extended up from the bottom of the page, and when it was pulled farther upwards, it worked well.

Education

This app provides young children with some wonderful vocabulary and sensory images. The text is filled with vivid, sensory words that evoke the sights and sounds of the city. To a child who lives there, it will seem very familiar, and to a child from another environment, it will seem exotic and interesting. It is a poem, so will afford young readers with some great opportunities to discover rhyme and rhythm. The story is short, however, and the book does not offer much variety in the way of interactions (most are drag and drop and a few are toggle switches that turn something on or off).

Entertainment

City Nights is a very soothing app, and makes a great bedtime story for young children. The artwork is done in a unique style that many will find engaging, and the animations (though simple) will be fun for the first time or two. I especially liked getting to help the raccoon tip over the trash can! But I’m not sure that children will remain engaged long with the interactions, because there’s only so many times you want to “drive” the cars down the same city street or walk the shoes off of the page.

Value

As ebooks go, this one is on the short side, with limited interactions. It’s a pleasant story, and if a child latches onto it as a bedtime favorite, it will be used many times. However, once most children have read through it a time or two, I think they will be ready to move on to more engaging activities, since there are no games or other perks to be found.

Child Friendliness

This app is very child-friendly, so parents can feel confident that there are no worries when their children play with it.

  • NO external links
  • NO social media
  • NO in-app purchase
  • NO 3rd party ads

City Nights is a cute ebook with a soothing poem that would be perfect for use as a bedtime story. Children can watch as the busy city settles down for the night and help put the sleepy young main character to bed.

Editor rating
Rated 4 stars