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Be a Buddy, Not a Bully -- A Tales of Midlandia Storybook

October 19, 2012

By: Nathalie van Ee


Learn about being an ally instead of a menace!

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully written by Michael Scotto and developed by Midlandia Press is the third iPad book app in the “Tales of Midlandia” series. Just on time for back to school, it is a fantastic book that raises the sensitive issue about bullying via a great story about friendship, fairness and sharing with stunning illustrations, top audio and great interactive features ... Another Fun Educational Top Pick!

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is the third in the Tales of Midlandia series. It is about sweet Harvest the farmer who has a problem with Buck the banker. Buck is a mean little guy who is digging Harvest’s corn field without permission. Harvest tries to tell him how he feels and that he has no right to dig on his property, but Buck acts as a bully and refuses to leave the premises. Thanks to Harvest courage to express his feeling and good senses to seek for help outside, the two companions solve the issue in a friendly and peaceful manner.

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Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is no exception to the series. Once more talented Michael Scotto has managed to bring a difficult subject to our kids. Unfortunately, with back to school many kids may have to deal with bullying. Often, kids are not sure how to tackle the issue and solutions are not always easy. Be a Buddy, Not a Bully can offer some help, may be not a solution but at least the story opens the door to the discussion.  Kids will learn that it is important to tell someone and communicate with others when facing bullying issues.

To captivate, entertained and engage the kids, this book app offers many interactive features (at least one on every page!) and when readings with your kids make sure to tap on Harvest and Buck. Each time a speech bubble shows so kids can listening to what the character is feeling. A smart feature to engage the kids and encourage them to speak about what they feel.  

Beside the great story and message that this storybook app has to offer, the kids at Fun Educational Apps really enjoyed the stunning bright and colourful illustrations as well as the custom music, audio, and special effects. The kids also liked the open questions at the end of the book and we had a great discussion about bullying issues.

The app offers 3 reading modes: Read by Myself, Auto Playand Read to me. Note, the last 2 options offer word highlights to help young reader to read along. The narration is great, clear, crisp and very professional with lots of expression and intonation to captivate your kids throughout the story.

Overall, Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is another great addition to the Tales of Midlandia series. It offers a great story line along with a powerful message to raise our kid’s awareness about bullying.The app itself is top quality … easy to use, stunning graphics and animation and just enough interactive features to keep the kids engaged and entertained. By now, I am sure you guessed Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is another TOP PICK for Fun Educational Apps.



This review was originally published by FunEducationalApps.com on August 26, 2012.

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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Be a Buddy, Not a Bully -- A Tales of Midlandia Storybook

October 19, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Michael Scotto/The Ink Circle

National Network of Digital Schools Corp

Length (time):
15 - 18 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 4 - 9

English •

Length (pages):
20 Pages


Story Synopsis - Be a Buddy, Not a Bully -- A Tales of Midlandia Storybook

From Digital-Stortime's review of "Builda the Re-Bicycler":

Midlandia is a fictional land where anthropomorphized canines work, live and have all sorts of adventures. This lightly animated and interactive series is full of fun illustrations with lots of detail to show off Midlandia and its inhabitants. Nice hints show kids where to tap, triggering sound effects and cute animations, most of which are plot-related. This interactivity provides reinforcement of the storyline and feels thoughtful and polished throughout the book. There are also a nice array of settings accessible from the bottom of each page. Text is in an easy-to-read font that highlights as narrated and page turning is by simple arrows.

Overall, this is a fun read and part of a series my child really enjoys. There is just enough fantasy with this fictional world to draw young readers in for an instructive tale. Ends with questions for reading comprehension and further discussion.

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Harvest the farmer has a problem. Mean old Buck is digging around on his land and refuses to leave! Can gentle Harvest handle Buck’s bullying on his own? Or will he need help?

With custom music, audio, special effects, retina-optimized art, and iPad-exclusive story content, this digital book from Midlandia Press (creators of The Pirate Koostoe and Builda the Re-Bicycler for the iPad) gives young readers an entertaining and educational experience with loads of interactivity on every page. 

To help develop early reading skills, each word of the story is highlighted as it is read. Combining vibrant illustrations, thoughtful storytelling, and plentiful yet carefully chosen enhancements, Be a Buddy, Not a Bully is a heartfelt social story that will appeal to readers of all ages, while encouraging the values of kindness and open dialog.

In addition to a touching story, this app features a great deal of story content previously unavailable in print. To enhance the story’s message about the importance of communication, readers can touch every character on every page to hear their internal thoughts. This feature includes over fifty new lines of dialog, provided by the story’s original author.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Sound On/Off, Page Guide, Replay, Info Links to: Web, AppStore

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Size: 163.06 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No



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