Title: Animal Alphabet Band
Compatibility: iPad // iOS 5.1
Size: 82.2 MB
Description: One of these days I swear I'll review the main Mibblio app, but they keep releasing stand-alone versions of their "Mibblets," and I get distracted by the shiny new object. This one features "Animal Alphabet" from Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke's second album Pleased To Meet You. If your family's seen the fun video, this app will seem very familiar. It'll also seem very familiar if you've used other Mibblio apps -- the song plays while the user can add or remove different tracks (e.g., guitar, percussion, keyboards) from the recorded song while simultaneously being able to play melody and stringed/guitar instruments in harmonically compatible keys, not to mention percussion. It basically lets kids (and adults) play along in ways that allow some creativity but also help make whatever comes out sonically sound decently. (You can also pinch out to expand it to full screen if you just want to read and sing along.)
In addition, the songs are accompanied by illustrations that feature lyrics to those songs. The result is a musical picture book over which the user has some small control. Since Wilde is a trained illustrator of his own books, album art, and videos, naturally his illustrations (based on the video) are present here as well. Wilde does a good job of conveying personality to the variety of animals with a minimum of adornment.
The price for the app, $0.99, is pretty cheap, the same prices as if you'd buy it through the main Mibblio app. It's well-done, of course, and if you have ever wanted to try a Mibblio app (or if you're a KWMC fan), this is certainly a worthwhile one to try.
Limited-time note: The song (not the app) is available for a limited time here.
Age Range: 3 through 6
Note: I was provided a copy of this app (via the main Mibblio app) for possible review.