Jonty - The Dinosaur Who Could Not Go to Sleep is an interactive bedtime story for children learning to read.
This is one of the best kinds of educational content: unobtrusive. Young children will enjoy the story over and over, and never even realize they are learning vocabulary and self-help strategies to use on those nights when they have trouble sleeping.
5/5 Stars – Best of the Best
I love that in read it myself mode if your child becomes stuck on a word you can press it and it is read out loud for you. I think this is a lovely way to encourage reading.
My little one, who is 3 ½, loved that she could get involved in the story and make the characters move and interact with other items on the page. I can’t really count the times that we’ve played it but the fact that she goes back to it over and over again, finding new things to do each time is wonderful.
Beautifully illustrated, the story stars Jonty, a young dinosaur who has trouble getting to sleep when he goes to bed. The app immerses children into a world of words and sentences whilst they play and enjoy the interactive adventures.
You and your child can interact with the story to help Jonty get a good night’s sleep.
The main features of the app include:
• Beautiful illustrations
• Fun animations and sounds
• Background music which changes as the story progresses, going from upbeat music while Jonty is playing, to lullaby-like music at bedtime
• Specially selected main text font which has letter forms appropriate for beginner readers.
• Easy-to-use navigation includes the ability to return to the main menu at any time, and to move forwards and backwards through the pages.
The app includes four modes that allow you to interact with the story in different ways:
You can choose to have the story read to you by a narrator, or you can read it yourself. If your child gets stuck on reading a word you can tap on the individual words to have them read out by the narrator.
If you would prefer to not interact with the story at all then you can select the ‘Auto Play’ mode.
In the creative ‘Add To Story’ mode, you can drag & drop additional items onto the page, such as a rainbow or a robot. You can also record your own audio on each page in this mode. Children can record themselves reading the words, or parents and grandparents could record themselves reading the story to their child or grandchild when they are not there. You could even leave a special message for your child. Children will love that they can use their imaginations to record anything they think of, they can even sing the story!
For added security and parental peace of mind, the app collects no personal information, contains no ads or in-app purchases and transmits no personal information.
Jonty is compatible with the iPad® (2 and above) and the iPad Mini.
To download the app you will require a Wi-Fi connection. This is because, depending on your network provider and download limits, the size of the app may be above some device’s 3G limits.