Millie & The Lost Key – Millie Was Here, Book 2, by Megapops, is such a darling, clever and loveable app that we decided to take a break from anything too serious and be thankful that the iPad has taken literacy and made it all the better. Our goal is to use a technology to which kids are naturally drawn to foster a love of reading, promote imaginative and inferential thinking, and help kids develop cognitive, creative, language, and motor skills. Education and language specialists have found that even the most reluctant readers are enticed to read Millie’s books.
Millie & the Lost Key’s pages are a scrapbook-like collage – part photography and part cartoon, with exciting and funny forays into the unexpected with every swipe. The app has a pop-up book feel and there are different interactions throughout that add to the FUN, FUN, FUN! There are tabs to pull, flaps to lift, buttons to push, and wheels to turn, as well as several games to play. The narrator is spot on with tone and inflection, giving the story polish, panache and humor. The very best part is that this app doesn’t get old, kids want to go back to it over and over again!
The developers of the Millie Series have combined the best features of books, video, and interactive media with a great story line, delightful interactivity, amusing games, and the results are great fun for the whole family. They state, “Through our apps and software, we hope to foster creativity, instill a love of reading, surprise, entertain, and empower our young audience,” and they certainly have succeeded.
After sharing Millie & the Lost Key with my class of fifth graders, I asked for a thumbs up or thumbs down (trying not to impart my own opinion or excitement). There was a resounding, “COOL!” and all the kids hands were up… not just giving the thumbs up, but a double high five from everyone!