Monday, February 26, 2018

BOOK REVIEW: The Adventures of Mitee Mite by David John (Children's)


Greetings Friends!

Today, I have a review for the children's book and app series, THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE, which focuses on helping teach concepts of time, measurements, shapes, and money in a way that captures attention and motivates learning.


SYNOPSIS

The five books in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series include:  The Time Frame Game and The Time Frame Game Advanced, which break down seconds, minutes, hours, days, months, and years to teach readers the fundamentals of time. The Measuring Game explores the components of feet, yards, and miles, as well as cups, pints, quarts, and gallons. Mitee Mite teaches kids about currency in The Money Game and dives into a colorful world of triangles, squares, hexagons, and more in The Shape Game. The companion song for this series (available at www.miteemite.com) helps kinds absorb the skills in an enjoyable and interactive way.  
Focusing on children from age 3 to 11 years old, this series offers its readers a dynamic female superhero, Mitee Mite, as their guide through the often tricky terrain involved with mastering time, shapes,measurements, and money. In her matching red cape and boots, Mitee Mite, accompanied by her alarm clock sidekick, Terry the Ticker, activates her superpowers by using her manners, respecting others, and accurately answering questions in the games she encounters during her adventures.
You can order your copy on Amazon HERE. Complimentary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.


RATING


Genre:  Children's
Publication Date:  November 2016


REVIEW


I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest and thoughtful review.

This vivid and dynamically illustrated set of books is a useful educational resource that keeps readers engaged. Its compact design makes it handy to have available for any moment even while out and about. One page asks a question with several potential answers and when the page is turned, the answer is provided. In this sense, the app and books are similar, so you can use either one depending on what you and your children are most comfortable with. I'm not one to let me kids play around with my phone, so it was nice that they could use the books, and then while supervised, seamlessly move over to the app without any issue in understanding.

In my opinion, these books work better for reinforcement of the concepts rather than as an introduction. If a reader has some familiarity, the books and app are great and work more like flashcards so that answering the questions correctly is rewarding. Essentially, these books are like wordless picture books except for the questions, and for readers with no exposure to the information, there it no prior setup to learning the concepts in order to answer those questions. However, in much the same way that the author chose to create these books, if you craft your own game or story using the characters, these books would be a fun tool for new learners. I ultimately would have liked a story attached to the characters as they teach the information to readers rather than just them moving along through the pages of questions, but personal preference aside, these colorful books will grab any young reader's attention and keep them learning!



ABOUT THE AUTHOR



David John is the author of THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series. The series follows the adventures of superhero Mitee Mite and her sidekick, Terry the Ticker. The five titles in the series are The Time Frame Game (Hardcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-0-2; Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-6-4), The Measuring Game(Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-2-6), The Money Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-4-0), The Shape Game (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-3-3), and The Time Frame Game Advanced (Softcover ISBN: 978-0-9860919-5-7). Complimentary apps for each book are available on Google Play and iTunes.  The companion song is available at the website:  www.miteemite.com.
The idea for THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series came about when David was faced with a dire challenge. “One day as I was babysitting my friends’ children, and not having any idea what to do, I made up fun games to help them learn,” David revealed. The goal of the series is to expose children to a variety of lessons in a manner that is fun, relatable, and memorable. David says, “Mitee Mite was created to help give children a head start on the basics of time, measurements, shapes, and money.”
David’s daughter, whom he calls his “Little Mite,” is the inspiration for the main character and the themes of the series. David’s desire to teach his daughter the basic skills featured in THE ADVENTURES OF MITEE MITE book and app series has expanded into the goal of sharing these lessons with other children through his “You Buy, They Read” program. “We plan to give away one book for every one bought to kids in need.” In addition, David will donate $1 for every $2 of the gross sales of apps to teachers “who are going into their own pockets to buy supplies.”
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Many thanks to David John and Pump Up Your Book for the opportunity to read and review this series! And be sure to check out the other blogs on the tour for more opinions and author extras!

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