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this monster : creatures that love color

November 21, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A delightful, interactive exploration of color for young readers ...

"This monster is a color eater," begins a unique and innovative digital book from Julie Goodman of Super Circle. Each of this short title's pages contains a different 'monster' made of movable shapes and images. Young readers are asked to 'feed' the monster different colored items, including fushia tea and a blue peacock. The not-at-all-scary 'monster' changes colors (from green, blue, tangerine, red, black and fuschia), creating an unusal color spectrum.

In addition to the storybook (read myself or read to me with lovely narration from Marty Sidman), this app has two extras. Under Monster Get Dressed!, children can rearrange and create their own 'monster' with shapes, colors and images for eyes, mouth and more (including the ability to take a photo). Under Monster Pretend!, creative kids can play with three different monsters - a jackelope, a mermaid and a polka dot painter.

The end result is a fun, imaginative app that kids will come back to over and over. Solidly made and educationally sound, This Monster offers opportunities for learning about colors, creative play and engagement for children ages three and up.


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this monster : creatures that love color

November 21, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Julianna Goodman/Meghan Eplett

Julianna Goodman

Length (time):
8 - 10 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

English •

Length (pages):
12 Pages


Story Synopsis - this monster : creatures that love color

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Color-Eating Monsters, a Polka-dot Painter, a Musical Mermaid and a Jumping Jackelope…a sweet digital tale which will amuse and delight. 

This monster uses hand-crafted, colorful materials in combination with original music and sound effects to tell a sweet, charming, interactive short story about color-eating monsters. Created with paper, fabric, and pen, the artwork in this monster has been lovingly created for a color-laden, tactile experience, that you and your child will love.

Inspired by the picture books of her youth, Julianna Goodman created this app as a forward-looking combination of the digital and the handmade.


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Orientation: Portrait

Format: iPad


Read to Me, Read Myself, Home, PageGuide, Color Eater, Monster Get Dressed!, Monster Pretend!, Music On/Off

App Release Date:


Size: 34.86 MB

Version: 1.2

Lite Version Available: No



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