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Elmo Loves You!

December 13, 2014

By: Sarah Emerling


An interactive exploration with Elmo & Sesame Street friends ...

I'm the parent of a nearly 2-year-old, and Elmo is right in my wheelhouse. The new app Elmo Loves You is a Top Pick for this mom. Its interactive features and pop-up book format make this an app that keeps our youngest readers completely engaged. Elmo Loves You by StoryToys follows in the footsteps of its predecessor apps like There's a Monster at the End of This Book. Based on the board book with the same name, this childhood favorite is an outstanding example of an interactive book.

Geared towards children ages 2 to 4, the book capitalizes on the impulsivity of small children. Simply tapping on anything in the book elicits a sound and reaction.  From banging on musical instruments to blowing and popping bubbles, there's lots to do in this app. The book is presented just like a pop-up book. Turn the pages as you would a normal book and the scene within pops up. Elmo narrates each page with highlighted text. Users tap on the monsters or objects within the page to listen to a sound or noise. The whole premise of the book is that everyone loves something, so the pages are filled with the things that different monsters love.

The pages are filled with things that young children find amusing. Scenes from school, music class, the farm, home, and the grocery store are featured on the pages.  Embedded within the story are several other learning experiences.

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Elmo Loves You! is a great app for toddlers and preschoolers. The animations and easy-to-use pages make it ideal for our young readers. Elmo is a favorite character regardless of where he is. His giggly voice fills each page as he details the things the animals and people love.

Seeing familiar faces like Bert, Ernie, and the Count also engage our children. Each page had a slightly different appeal. On some pages children tap to hear sounds, but on others the monsters actually talk. The animation and graphics are outstanding in this app. I also like that the app utilizes the gyroscope within the iPad. As you move or turn the iPad the whole book seems to move along with it.

Overall, Elmo Loves You is an outstanding app for toddlers and preschoolers. It is a Top Pick for this mom. With a child just learning how to manipulate an interactive book, the tap-to-play animations are perfect for my young daughter.


This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.


This review was originally published by FunEducationalApps.com on December 11, 2014This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is a self proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.

Nathalie is a mom of three, always looking for top fun educational apps to support kids learning the fun way! She is the founder of Fun Educational Apps and Co-funder of AppStar Picks, a free app listing top reviews for kids, from trusted websites. She created Fun Educational Apps as a way to help parents, educators and teachers discover great apps. Together with her kids, they try new apps on an ongoing basis.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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Elmo Loves You!

December 13, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Sesame Street

StoryToys Entertainment Limited

Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 3 - 6 +

English •

Length (pages):
15 Pages


Story Synopsis - Elmo Loves You!

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This is a storytelling app, which will help teach your child about love and friendship.

** Winner of the Children's Technology Review Editor's Choice Award **

• Sesame Street’s very first 3-D pop up storybook app!
• Elmo narrates the whole story!
• Based on Sesame Street's best-selling storybook.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, Music On/Off, Credits, Help, PageGuide, Settings, Reading Tips/Videos, Links: AppStore, Web

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Size: 62.76 MB

Version: 1.0.0

Lite Version Available: No



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