If you haven’t heard of OOKS yet then you’re missing out! OOKS is a story creation app that puts your child at the heart of and in control of the story and they get to make the story into a personalised book- perfect for world book day.
We’ve spent some time trying out the OOKS app and making our very own stories! The wizard character OOK-Laf starts by asking the child some questions about a few of their favourite things such as:
- Their name
- Favourite Colour
- Favourite Animal
- Favourite Food
- How they feel (happy/sad/excited etc)
- What they most enjoy doing (movies/games/singing etc)
- Then choose their favourite OOK character
All via little choice wheels as you can see in the picture below.
The choices then all combine together and up pops your Ook!
The OOK can be moved around via the touchscreen on your chosen tablet/phone (we used both an Iphone 6s and a Samsung Galaxy Tab and it worked great on both) to interact with the other characters to the make the elements of a unique story and ultimately a book starring your chosen OOK!
What the characters say can be seen on screen as well as heard and the story changes dependent on which answer they give to the questions. There are also chances along the way to take part in activities such as drawing/colouring in a chef’s hat which the OOK then goes on to wear, choosing the days specials from the menu – who wouldn’t fancy a green overcooked shoe huh?!
Once the story is completed the book is created and goes into your library for you to see and buy the books, delivered straight to your door which include the options your child chose and the drawings they did as part of the story! To order the books an adult needs to have registered.
- The books are priced at £16.99 each.
- The App is available from the Apple and Google Play stores
- Free to download with no in app purchase and no advertising
- Helps with literacy
- Age 4+ (was perfect for my 5 + 8 year olds)
We really loved the OOKS app, it’s bright and colourful with brilliant graphics and keeps the children’s attention along the way with humour and anticipation in what’s going to happen next. When they realised they would also get the book to keep forever they were delighted. This would make a lovely present or just a lovely way to sit and have reading time with the kids.
Here’s what the lovely people behind OOKS had to say:
‘Here at OOKS HQ, we are all too aware of the importance of stories in the lives of children. With the world becoming more technologically advanced and digital devices playing a big part in the lives of children, it’s important for traditional practices to be nurtured as part of a harmonious relationship that embraces digital and the changing landscape. We created OOKS for this exact reason – to allow storytelling to continue to be at the forefront of play experiences for kids!’
A Balance of Real World and Digital Play
Encouraging learning through play, OOKS is an interactive story-creation app for children that enables them to create awesome real world books through digital play, and develops their love of books, reading, and storytelling in the process!
Interactive Storytelling Where your Child is the Author
While playing in the OOKS world, your child will create a book that is ultra personalised to them! Their drawings will decorate the landscape and their choices will direct the story. How did they defeat the dinosaur at Mount Gargoyle? A catapult? A dance-off? A tea-party? Your child’s unique OOK book will reflect the magic of their own imagination!
A Personalised Book to Read Over and Over
Watch your child’s face light up when their book arrives full of artwork they created and personalised just for them! Not only have they created their very own book but they’ll gain a love of storytelling, writing, and reading – gifts that will stay with them for the rest of their life.
I’m giving 3 of my lovely readers a chance to win an OOKS Tote Bag and a code for a free personalised book including shipping!
To enter click on the Rafflecopter below:
1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There are 3 prizes available of 1 OOKS Tote Bag and 1 free personalised book code.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 18/03/18.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.
*We were gifted items in return for this review.All opinions remain honest and my own*