I Don’t Like Pink
by PicPocket Books
At an early age stereotypes are made about the differences between boys and girls from the toys that they should play with to even the appropriate colors that each gender should like. Why is this? Why can’t children and even adults like the things that they want too? Recently developers from PicPocket Books and author/illustrator, Brooks Jones, teamed together to broach this subject with a mobile book application called I Don’t Like Pink. An iPad app which requires an operating system of 3.2 or later, is wonderfully illustrated and truly “pops out” at the reader with the amazing capabilities that the iPad has to offer. Whether you are a boy or a girl, this storybook app is one not to miss.
Narrated by Brooks Jones, readers are immediately introduced to the main character, Gabi. Gabi has received a gift from her grandmother. Unfortunately, the gift is not well received on Gabi’s end. As a parent, how many times has this situation occurred in your home? I Don’t Like Pink encourages the reader to make connections to their own lives with yes, even negative situations. Readers will witness various types of body language, facial and verbal expressions with the help of brightly colored illustrations. Gabi will be faced with a real world problem that she and her friend Ben will resolve together. With its very simple, straight forward story idea, parents and children can read together and begin to “squash” just some of the pressures that our children are faced with. Whether you are in preschool to middle school, this story book app is applicable to you! It is a great way to open the lines of communication between a parent and child. Yes, mobile learning can teach in a variety of ways. Applicable2U loved the incorporation of guided questions that one might have at home and even at school. I Don’t Like Pink encourages the reader to love who they are no matter what society might think.
In talking with the author and having read other reviews, Applicable2U also believes that the only change this story book app could use is that of page turning indications. If the reader is unable to follow along with the words and/or the narration has ended, some readers might not realize that it is time to turn the page. This idea of stereotypical things is something that I am currently running into with my soon to be kindergartener now. I am constantly trying to explain to him what I Don’t Like Pink was trying to say but in the palm of ones hand. If you would like to learn more about PicPocket Books, please visit their website here. To learn more about author and illustrator, Brooks Jones, please visit her website here. Or you can click here to break down those stereotypes by downloading I Don’t Like Pink to your iTunes library today!