• By Amanda Blackburn.

The Famous Five books and App!

Famous five books

As a child, I have fond memories of reading The Famous Five books by one of my favourite authors Enid Blyton. When I was asked to review the New Famous Five app that was released to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Enid Blyton’s Famous Five by award-winning developer Kuato Studios I jumped at the chance.

For this review, I was also sent three beautiful Famous Five books to read with my 7-year-old son Zac. I have been reading the first book The Famous Five- Five on a Treasure Island. He is really enjoying this wonderful story that is full of adventure, friendship and heroism. I wanted to familiarise him with the story first so he would get a good idea of The Famous Five characters before he tested out the app, and if I’m really honest I wanted the books for me so I can read them again. Reading my childhood favourites with my children and seeing how they enjoy the stories just like I did is a lovely feeling.

The app is a mystery based game that is full of the wonderful positive values that come from the stories themselves. Zac loved exploring the adventure packed world of the Famous Five that included the iconic locations from the stories such as the castle ruins on Kirin Island and Tapper’s travelling Fair.

I found the app to be very educational whilst good fun at the same time. My son Zac has a very inquisitive mind always asking what, how and why? The app has puzzles to solve which helps to develop puzzle solving skills along with words and sentences to help with language skills. It’s for ages 7+ and I would say that the age range is correct.

Zac loved solving the puzzles by discovering the mysterious clues with the characters Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog. He called himself detective Zac because on the app you get to question suspicious characters so you can solve the intriguing mysteries. I think he would make a great detective and because I told him this he has been playing detective games with his friends at school. This app has really helped widen his imagination and it will help him with his story writing skills at School.

Zac loves to listen to stories but he enjoys playing on his games more, it’s great to see him playing on something educational for a change instead of shooting games which he is always on. When he was younger he used to play with lots of educational games but he has now outgrown them and this app is more challenging for him and Zac likes a challenge.

Zac created his own personalised story of his adventure with this app. I think this is such a great idea, once your children have solved the mystery they get to relive their adventures again in their own personalised story that tells the tale of their own game.

Another fantastic option on this app is there is a section within the parent's corner where you can choose from accessibility options, including, OpenDyslexic font and colour overlays to help readability.

So what do Zac and I think about this cool app? We think it is fab and for only £2.99 available on the App Store it’s worth every penny. We shall definitely be purchasing more app games by award-winning Kuato Studies as they have many more games that can be found on the App Store Here.

Did you read the Famous Five when you were growing up? Who remembers the Famous Five? Would love to hear your comments, please feel free to comment below. Thank you for reading! I was sent the Famous Five books and app for free to review all thoughts and opinions remain my own.

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