I know, I know. It’s a cheesy reference…a parody of something actress, Sally Fields, said at the 1985 Academy Awards when she accepted her second Oscar for “Places in the Heart.” At that moment, she felt validated and accepted as a serious actress from her peers and the Academy. And it’s the best way for me to express how we’re feeling from the early reviews for The Mighty League. Our app has only been out on iTunes, Amazon and Google Play since September 2nd, and already we’ve heard such positive feedback from parents and industry-respected review sites. So I hope you understand when I resort the cliché, “You like us…you really like us!
Here’s a note from author and columnist, Sharon Fuentes. I interviewed her about the upcoming release of her new book, and asked if she and her kiddos would like to see the app. Within 48 hours, here’s what I discovered in my inbox:
The kids and I downloaded the app and tried out the story yesterday. Let me say that my 10 year old daughter who is NT mind you LOVED IT!!!! She had so much fun. She of course chose Jaycee. When we were done we called our JayMan down (Which we found more amusing then he did) and had him try it out. He kept saying he was in middle school and too old BUT he did say if he was younger he would have thought it was cool. Of course little Mr. certainly enjoyed making the kid bonk the other kid on the head with the wadded up paper ball over and over and over never tiring of it. I could tell he enjoyed it he just didn’t want to admit he was wrong. (You know how that is.)
As for my point of view… I loved the app. I thought the music was catchy but not annoying like some games or website music is. The illustration was adorable. Of course the message behind it all was incredible and I loved loved loved the hidden facts about Aspergers. It was especially good for my daughter to read it. I had a really good time trying to find the hidden little things with the kids. The classroom scene was our favorite with the little girl falling in love, the paper airplane flying around, the car and of course that paper ball BONK on the head I mentioned before was a real hit (literally!) in our house. Love how your son narrated the story. His voice is expressive and clear and welcoming and moves the story along nicely. Basically we all just really enjoyed it.
There are many industry-respected children’s app review sites. Since it’s a ‘party of one’ here at Geek Club Central when it comes to outreach and correspondence, I’ve been able to reach out to a couple so far. I’m proud to say that our app has received a 5-star review from The iMums and a 4.5-star review from Smart Apps for Kids and their sister site, Smart Apps for Special Needs Kids.
I’ll be continuing to reach out to review sites and am always interested in hearing from you–dear moms, dads and educators–and your children’s response to our app. I am so grateful and honored for the positive early reviews, and I can tell you that Jonathan (the real JMan) is walking a little taller these days :).
A little Murphy trivia regarding the collage at top:
The image on the top left is Jonathan as “Eugene” in Grease. It was his first role and a pivotal point for positive changes in his life. The image on the bottom right is Molly in “Bye Bye Birdie”–what a cutie patootie. And the image on the top right is me in the late 90s in Bing Crosby’s office holding his Oscar for “Going My Way.” I don’t know if you can tell but I’m all sweaty because it was 95+ degrees outside and I was there to help designers set up their showcase rooms for a charity event at the Bing Crosby estate. On a break, I grabbed his Oscar and had someone snap a quick pic. I’m such a Der Bingle fan and it’s a tradition for Molly and I to watch “White Christmas” every year. I still cry every time the General walks into the surprise reunion at the end. (And we love it when Betty comes to her senses.)