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Middle School Confidential iPad App

Middle School Confidential iPad App

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The folks over at Electric Eggplant, makers of “Middle School Confidential™”, recently invited us to take a look at their new app for the iPad, “Be Confident in Who You Are: A Middle School Confidential™ Graphic Novel”. Although the title of this interactive comic book is a little on the long side, it is an enjoyable read with a good message.

As you would expect with an interactive comic book, there are multiple ways to read it. It works both horizontally and vertically. You can flip through like a normal comic, one page at a time or zoom in and read it one comic pane at a time. I recommend reading it zoomed in, it’s a much better experience, like new sound effects.

The first thing I notice when I first read the book were the sounds. Not just one or two sounds, but background sounds like you would hear in real life. There are scenes in the book that take place outside and as you read you continue to hear birds or the wind, children playing and at times even music. What’s nice is it’s constant, even if you take a while to turn the page, it just loops. I found that it helped me focus more on what I was reading, almost like being there.

I was impressed with the number of sounds in the book. It’s not just a few that are reused, like other interactive books I’ve read, but dozens of sound effects. There is a scene in the book with two parents sitting by the pool with drinks in their hands and not only do you hear the kids playing in the background, but they even added the sound of ice rattling around in the glass.

The artwork was ok, it wasn’t bad but it also didn’t stand out to me. It has a hand sketched look with a watercolor painting feel.

As the title suggests the book has a message of confidence and has 8 chapters of various situations relating to confidence. The messages are good and I found myself even relating to a few of them. I think the scenarios relate well to real situations that tweens like myself find ourselves in each day. Although I do have to admit that I’ve never sat around with my friends and have the same conversations the kids in the book have. Regardless, the situations are real and we do face them. Being able to read it like this is a nice way to us thinking about it.

Another nice feature that stands out, is that at the end of the book there are descriptions about each of the characters. What they like and don’t like, what kind of person they are. After reading these I read it over again right away. It’s interesting how it completes the story more. You can even email each one of the characters and ask them questions or just say hello. I haven’t tried this but I would hope they respond back.

Overall, it’s a great app and highly recommended. I’ve read it about 6 times now and each time I pick up something new.

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