Two of us run Apps Playground, and we were both older siblings in our respective families. That means we’re well aware of the joys and annoyances of having a younger brother (me) or sister (Alice) in childhood. New iPad book-app BigLittleBrother puts them into an interactive form.
Released by Minnesota Historical Society Press, it’s aimed at 3-7 year-olds, and is the work of author Kevin Kling and illustrator Chris Monroe. The main character’s experience is summarised thus on the App Store:
“The narrator of Big Little Brother wants nothing more than to escape his brother’s sticky fingers. Then an encounter at the Old Woman in the Shoe play area involving a bully, a plastic turkey, and his big, little brother teaches him that a pesky younger sibling can actually be a pal.”
There’s audio narration, as well as interactivity in the illustrations: your child can actually get their hands on the turkey to put it in the oven (although if it’s plastic, we’re not sure how good an idea that is).
At £6.99, BigLittleBrother is relatively expensive compared to a lot of book-apps aimed at children. Then again, if your kids are suffering from intense sibling rivalry and this can help them, it’ll be money well spent!