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The Lucky Escape HD

January 18, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

"The Lucky Escape" is the story of two girls that end up shrinking down and traveling through their brother's digestive system, all the while learning about this important body system.  The print version was released with a CD that narrates the story, read by the author's children.

This is an excellent educational title designed by a Naturopath and mom to educate kids in a fun way about their bodies.  Human Body Detectives (HBD) is a series she created, with "The Lucky Escape" detailing a trip down the digestive system.  It is detailed and medically accurate, with illustrations that are both richly colored and authentic looking depictions of the inside of the body.

Aimed at 6-10 year olds, this title is definitely enjoyable for those both younger and older.  As an adult I found it fascinating and my son, who's only four, was completely enthralled with the idea of traveling through all those icky places and then narrowly 'escaping' before being pushed out into a poopy diaper.  It's not hard to see why the print version won a "Mom's Choice Award" in early 2010.

The only thing different about the print version of this book, is that it came with an educational workbook.  I'm not sure how this workbook would translate to the iPad, but if it's as good as the reviews of it, then I would be happy to pay more to get the whole title. [There were four reviews, all 5 stars, from readers at Amazon.com]  It's certainly complete without this workbook, but when I saw the preview of the print version, I realized it would be nice to at least have the glossary and detailed description of digestion to complete this educational title.

Like many other PicPocket book titles, this one does not have interactive or animated elements, but it really doesn't need them.  It is however, just the type of story that might be very interesting with a little animation or interactivity to explore the body's systems.  But then again, it might just be gross. :)

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


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The Lucky Escape HD

January 18, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Dr. Heather Manley, N.D.

PicPocket Books

Length (time):
8 - 12 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 10 +

English •

Length (pages):
23 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Lucky Escape HD

In this story, two sisters shrink magically and travel down the digestive system of their baby brother after one of them notices that he may have swallowed a penny.  The other sister had been reading a book about the digestive system, so she explains to her younger sister each of the stages of digestion that they are seeing as they literally swim through the goo inside their brother's body.  Dr. Heather Manley, ND, authored this & several other Human Body Detective titles.  She has a popular blog, "Dr. Heather" with the tag line, "Be proactive, Be confident, Be healthy!"


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad


Sound On/Off

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Size: 15.9 MB

Version: 2.0

Lite Version Available: No



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