Brush of Truth is a book app written for children age 8-12. What I liked the most is the feature that the readers decide how the story unfolds. There are 65 interactive “decision points” throughout the book, and 20 different endings.
As you read the story there are different choices you can make, each choice leads to a different ending. A green circle next to the choice means you haven’t chose it yet or there are more choices down the road. A checkmark next to the choice means you’ve gone through that path. You can bookmark your spot to come back to it later.
The story is interesting, and is told by “you”, the reader: You and your sister find a crudely-crafted paintbrush on a beach and discover it has magical powers. You soon learn it is the long-lost Brush of Truth, created by a medieval sorcerer to hand off his enchantments to his children. You will help a sea goddess find the key to the ocean’s dying sea life, explore tunnels under the earth and flee talking vultures…
Since the readers participate in the story creation, this app could be an effective tool in engaging the reluctant readers. Kids will be anxious to find out the ending of their “own” story.
There are print books with similar features. I always find it awkward when I have to skip some pages and jump to certain part of the book when I made a choice about the story. Book app makes books like this a lot more fun and easier to manage. After you make a choice, you go to the right spot by a simple tap, no visible pages to skip. I wish there are more book apps like this, since they engage young readers much better.
There are pictures in the book, but it is a chapter book. It is a book for kids age 8-12, or those have good comprehension skills. Brush of Truth is $1.99 at App store. It is available on iPhone and iPAD. It is also available for Android and Windows Phone.
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