Spot the Dot, by David A. Carter, in conjunction with Ruckus Media, is a book and much, much more! David A. Carter’s books bring back the fondest of memories, his pop-up books are by far the most well known and well loved of any others in this genre. David A. Carter, a master paper engineer who created the Bugs series has now crossed the divide and entered into digital mode. The newly released ebook called Spot the Dot is a take on two previous titles of his, One Red Dot, and 600 Black Spots, which take you on an adventurous scavenger hunt for dots. All kinds of dots! “It’s a magical journey through a mesmerizing landscape of simple yet beautiful shapes. Spot the Dot will provide hours of fun for children of all ages—and parents as well!” This new release is another feather in the cap for Ruckus Media, who have published almost twenty books since September in the iTunes store! As for the renowned author, David A. Carter, you must watch this fascinating video as he describes the process of creating this app:
Educationally speaking, this app is most appropriate for toddlers learning colors and shapes. The exquisite designs will catch the eye and interest of older kids, as well as the parents, and keep all entertained. The dots are hidden in a progressively more challenging and creative manner as they coax the reader/player along. The youngest of children can learn, enjoy, and interact and parents won’t be worried about them destroying delicately constructed pop-up pages! What we found most interesting while writing this review, was an interview with David A. Carter and Harcourt, where he admits to having difficulties as a young reader. “What attracted me most about pop-ups was the magical nature of the books. I was a reluctant reader as a child, and I would have loved this kind of hands-on book. I also saw a huge opportunity in the creative sense. I enjoy building as much as I do drawing and painting, and I saw the opportunity to apply both in pop-up-book making.” The app lacks the pop-up component but definitely doesn’t skimp on creative design.
We worked with a whole gamut of ages while testing this app out. Surprisingly, it was quite challenging for the three-year-olds. This is a great app for parents to get involved with their kids and take advantage of the endless teachable moments possible in Spot the Dot.