From November 1 through November 16, 2013 travel with Geek Club Books and Litfuse as we take our Mighty League Storyapp on an epic tour of the blogosphere! We’re celebrating this grand adventure with an iPad Mini Giveaway, so fasten your seat belts, stow your gear in the overhead compartments, put your seat backs into their upright positions, because the wheels are up and we’re taking off into the friendly skies!
First Stop: Suzanne Woods Fisher, Author and Speaker, feature on “Dreams Coming True”
Blog Tour Schedule
Debra | 3 Partners in Shopping, Nana, Mommy, & Sissy, Too!
I feel that it is very important that we as parents and educators use every resource available to us to try to put an end to bullying. It tells all of us adults and children that everyone is the same and deserve to be treated the same as others. We are more aware today that children can understand from an early age, how mean and hurtful it is to bully others. This is a wonderful way to get this idea through to all children. I truly recommend it to all. I give this a 5/5.
Sara | Embracing Destiny
As a mom of a child on the autism spectrum, I feel this kind of tool is vital to increasing awareness and removing the stigma from the subject of special needs. This book brings attention to the topic of bullying, something that seems to be unavoidable in today’s society for all age groups. My daughters enjoyed customizing this app (of course they chose to make the main character a girl) and finding the hidden objects throughout the book. They went back and tried all the options so they have read the book several times now. Installation and download on the Kindle was simple and quick. My daughters want to know if there will be more books in this series because they enjoyed the story and the format. I personally like the positive image of a hero/heroine living successfully with ASD.
Ronie | Rapid-Fire Fiction
The Mighty League Book app starts with The Terrible Taunting which features JMan (or, if you’d prefer, Jaycee). Rated for ages 5-11, the app was a little too young for my 14 year old Ryan, but not so much that he was bored. He sat at the island, intent on reading the interactive, comic-strip style story about JMan. Ryan enjoyed the hidden notebook that was pretty similar to a journal where JMan shares about his life, his idiosyncrasies that make him uniquely an Aspie kid, and his struggles with social settings.
Amanda | The Talbert Report
Renee | Little Homeschool on the Prairie
What a fun interactive app book. My kids have enjoyed reading this storybook app. My kids love the superhero JMan and his hedgehog as a sidekick. A wonderful way to teach your kids about bullying and Aspergers Syndrome. There are a lot of layers to discover in this storybook app. This was great for my daughter who struggles with reading as the narration reads and highlights the words in the story. Having a daughter on the spectrum made it a real treat for her. I can’t wait for the next story!
JoJo | JoJo’s Corner
Wanda | The Watered Soul
In today’s world, children are no stranger to technology. The Mighty League, Terrible Taunting Storybook App uses technology to educate and promote awareness of differences for children in a fun and an interactive way. The book is based upon the real life of Jonathan Murphy, who has Aspergers Syndrome, and is written by his sister Molly.
This a great app for kids that offers music, customizable characters, narration, and the ability to record their own narration. I shared the app with my nine-year old niece and she enjoyed reading the book. On our first read through, we both missed the secret notebook, which contains additional information about Aspergers syndrome and bullying, and some of the interactive elements. So this is an app that a child could use multiple times and see something new each time.
Stacie | perfect chaos
I have two kids with special needs. Brad is 13. He is Autistic and ADHD, with sensory issues. Kalen is two years old. He has a global delay, in addition to a heart condition. I loved the app. This is my first app I reviewed from the App store. The app is interactive, with built-in animations and narration. You can click on each panel to see different animations. For example, on the first page, panel two, JMan jumps out of the bed, when you click on him. Your kids can have fun finding the different animations. The comic book has easy navigation, with left and right buttons, a home button, and a back button, depending on the page. Your kids also can click on speech bubbles as well. When JMan was talking about frogs, he was highly communicative.I also love how you can turn the narration and sound off. Next, I like how you can change the character from a boy to a girl. Another feature is that you can record narration. Instead of Jonathan Murphy’s voice, you can record your own. Change the characters’ names to your kids’ names. I love the notebook feature. I didn’t realize the feature was available at first, but it provides information about Aspergers Syndrome and bullying. When you click on Mr. Redge (the hedgehog), the app opens up the notebook. Look for the small hedgehog on each page.
Jhona | We Weirdos Need To Stick Together
First of all, I wish that I would have had this APP when my son was 8 years old and asking why other kids thought he was weird or why they called him a freak. He was so into superheroes, still is, and I know that JMan would have encouraged him and that he would have enjoyed this storybook. I think this is a valuable resource for parents who have children with Asperger’s Syndrome. Valuable to them and their children! It is so interactive and getting bored with it is something that didn’t happen here! I especially appreciate that the perspective comes from Mr. Murphy, although created by his sister. This is a unique and inspiring APP that is very relevant and one that I will recommend to my friends and their children. Oh, yes! I found all 73 hidden objects. I felt very accomplished at the end, ha ha!
Lindsey | The IE Mommy
Karla | Quiet Quilter
“Well done! I hope to see many more in the future!”
Shauna | Paper Tape & Pins
This is a cute little app with a powerful story about standing against bullying, and being different. While the recommended age range is 5 – 11, I think this is definitely more geared toward 5 – 7. It’s interactive experience that takes you through a morning in the life of Jman. He gets ready for school, and then we follow him through class and recess. He has troubles concentrating in class and then stops a bully on the playground and befriends a new kid. One really cool feature about this is the ability to change the main character’s name. My 7 year old boy enjoyed the story and hopefully learned a few new things from it. By the way, you have to search carefully for the hidden items because they are well hidden. That should also help to keep a curious kid’s interest.
Joan | Book Reviews from an Avid Reader
The interactive books help open the discussion about feeling different, accepting others with differences, autism spectrum, bullying and conflict resolution. It is a great resource for teachers and parents.