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App of the week: My Sister’s Not Like Other Sisters

Now you can get a babysitter for only $5.29, thanks to My Sister’s Not Like Other Sisters by Wellington’s own Nabee Productions.

Just sit the kids in front of your iPad, click on this storybook app and select “Read it to me, Miss Nabee”. The app will read aloud to your little treasures while you relax in front of the TV, knowing their minds are being better nurtured than your own.

This is the caramelised carrot of children’s literature – aimed at 3-9 year olds, the interactive elements make reading fun and engaging for different learning styles. Words are highlighted as they are read and can be played back separately. Readers are asked to drag items across the screen, or doodle on pages in order to move the narrative forward.

The illustration is both slick and cheerful – a testament to the talents of Gerrard Southam, previously an animator and effects artist on feature films such as Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, and more recently The Hobbit.

User reviews have even revealed that the app has the power to heal long-standing sibling rivalries. Through reading the story, it was said, sisters came to appreciate each other’s specialness despite the occasional frustration that age gaps can bring.

Clearly a well-executed and thoughtful app, whether they’ll ever pick up a paperback after growing up with this one is another question.

My Sister’s Not Like Other Sisters is available now for NZ$5.29 on the App Store.

Elise Sterback is from co-working and innovation space The BizDojo