It's a game, not a book, but the words FREE and NOSY CROW don't get used together very often so grab it while you can!
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You may be aware of illustrator Alex Scheffler, he has done the artwork for The Gruffalo and other rather fabulous children's books. Nosy Crow is launching an app this week called Animal SnApp - which will be Scheffler's first storybook app combining short stories with a slider game. In anticipation of this new release, Nosy Crow has made The Grunts: Beard of Bees game free.
The Grunts in Trouble is a book by Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Alex Scheffler. This app features Mr. Grunt, one of the characters from the book and the voiceover is provided by the book's author. It's a pretty simple but fun game - you have to drag and drop bees onto Mr. Grunts face to build him a beard of bees. Mr. Grunt doesn't seem to be terribly enthusiastic about this and in fact frequently complains about being stung. The purpose of the game is to get as many bees onto his face as possible in 60 seconds, but watch out for birds and butterflies as they scare the bees off. Flowers also make Mr. Grunt sneeze and send bees flying off his face.
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Build a beard of buzzing bees for Mr. Grunt!
This funny, fun (and rather addictive) game is a tie-in app for The Grunts book series, written by Philip Ardagh and with original artwork by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler.
The game requires fast fingers, quick thinking… and no fear of bees! Build the biggest beard of buzzing bees as possible for Mr Grunt before the time runs out, but be careful – flowers, birds, and butterflies will all make his bees fly away. Collecting bees quickly means bonus time rewards. You can even join the fun on Twitter, recording your score with the #beardofbees hashtag.
★ All-new artwork by The Grunts illustrator Axel Scheffler
★ Hilarious voice narration by series author Philip Ardagh
★ An original score by BAFTA-winning composer Robin Beanland
★ Ingenious gameplay by Nosy Crow’s award-winning app developer team
Deanne Shoyer is the mother to twin boys on the autism spectrum, blogs at smallbutkindamighty.com, has two history degrees and looks a lot less hip than her avatar.
Every day we pick what we affectionately call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that we have downloaded, tested and certified: It can't have a ton of ads or just a little content with in-app purchases.
It also has to be good.We then present them to you to read, download, and share and, based on which ones got the most hits from you, here are your Top 100 Free Apps for Kids! Enjoy!
(Please also see our Top 10 Preschool Apps (staff picks), Top 10 Free Apps for Learning Letters, Deanne's Top 10 Free Apps for ASD Kids, Top 12 Apps for Mom, Editor's Top 10,Reader's Choice Top 10, and Top 10 Addition Apps.)
(** indicates that the app contains in-app purchases/is very closely tied to a purchase or has ads)
1) LEGO App 4+ (build a vehicle and then use it in activities)
2) Open Wide Snap (we rated five stars)
5) ** Toddler/Preschool Flash Cards (warning! now has ads!)
7) Hide Run Growl (we rated five stars)
8) Little Stars - Toddler Games (letters, numbers, shapes, colors, words)
9) Play 123
13) ** Build a Word Express
15) Little Writer - Tracing Letters, Numbers, Words and Shapes (awesome app)
17) ** Curious George at the Zoo for iPad (now only one area free, the rest in-app)
18) Rover (flash-enabled web browser for kids)
20) Scholastic's Sushi Monster (addition and multiplication)
21) I Can Write 2 (make sentences about images)
22) PBS Kids Video (all their favorites, U.S. only)
23) ** Brain Quest (from the people that make those card thingees)
25) Collins Big Cat Story Creator books (eight apps!)
26) Miss Spider apps (Bedtime Story and Tea Party)
27) Toca Kitchen Monsters (all kids need Toca Boca)
28) ** Goodnight Safari (baby animals!)
29) Rocket Speller
30) ** Toontastic (we rated five stars)
31) ** Scribble Press (make an book!)
32) ** Puzzingo
33) Touch the Sound
35) Lego Duplo Jams
36) Little Finder
37) Color Uncovered (please don't let your dog drive)
40) Bluster! (McGraw-Hill)
41) ** Math Vs. Zombies
42) ** Spy Mouse
44) ** Let's Color (drawings come to life)
45) ** Alphabet Tracing
48) Rocket Math Free (free version of one of our Top Picks)
49) Green ABCs (previously cost $30)
50) Monster Physics Lite (five star app)
51) ** BrainPop Featured Movie (No. 1 on our Editor's Choice list)
52) Story Creator
57) 6-in-1 Children's Games (lite version)
58) ** Sock Puppets
59) ** Monkey Drum (do you need more than a monkey with a drum?)
61) ** MeeGenius (six ebooks for free!)
64) Lego Duplo Zoo
65) Scooby-Doo Whos Are You? by Hallmark (Zoinks!)
66) Feel Electric (The Electric Company is back!)
67) ** Booksy (one of our Top Picks)
69) Tim and Tom
75) Jack and the Beanstalk (modern version of the classic tale)
78) Sprout's Good Night Star (nighttime routine, brusha! brusha! brusha!)
82) ** Motion Math - Hungry Fish
84) Adventures of the 7Wonderlicious Girls (girls doing their best, helping others, being brave, learning and feeling good about themselves)
87) JibJab Jr. Books
90) Astrid & Siri
91) The Lorax Truffula Shuffle (U.S. only for some reason)
92) Squiggles (bring scribbles to life, one of our Top Picks)
100) Mini Mining