Bottom Line: There are some kinks to work out, but there aren't many free apps with this kind of potential use and upside.
After purchasing Halloween and ninjas, my kids and I completed the story pictured right: "Three Ninjas at Halloween."
The app comes with four cute already-completed books, including one that explains how to use the app. The pre-made books also use only the items from the free version, which I thought was a nice touch as they show how to be really creative from a limited selection. One of them is called "The Very Lonely Fish Bowl, " which I liked more than many of the ebooks I have tried.
Completed stories can be shared via in-app registration.
The interface is a tad clunky as it's a little hard to know where things are at first since they are divided into six groups with no titles on the main screen. Also, when you buy an additional set, the images from it just get added to the six main groups. Once you find what you want, image management is easy, though, using a drag-and-drop system with options that can be reached by double-tapping.
Additional sets of images can be purchased from $0.99 to $2.99. The app also cannot import images.
I still highly recommend the free version, because there's a lot that can be done with the base set and there are very few apps with more potential than Picturebook. It's definitely worth downloading, trying, and monitoring how the app develops from here.
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