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Komaneko: The First Steps – A fun, interactive book for children

 

Domo

Are you familiar with the character know as Domo? If not, ask your child or grandchild. Chances are he/she knows all about Domo. Domo is short for Domo-kun.

Domo-kun (Domokun) is a brown rectangle shaped monster. He has huge teeth and his mouth is stuck in an opened position.

Domo started out as a mascot for a Japanese TV station (NHK’s BS1 and BS2). The Japanese found Domo to be an enjoyable character. Soon there were Domo products everywhere. Domo eventually made his way to the United States. He’s been featured in Target ads and he has short films on Nickelodeon.

Domo doesn’t talk. Domo loves TV and hates apples. He lives with a wise old rabbit.

He sounds pretty quirky – and he is – but he is adorable. As an adult I find him to be cute too. My daughter was the first person to tell me about Domo years ago. She kept asking for a Domo plush for Christmas or her birthday.

Domo Plush

We finally own a Domo plush toy. Unlike other Domo toys ours has a moustache. Moustaches are very “in” these days. I guess Domo felt like he needed to keep up with current trends so now he’s sporting a moustache too. He’s about 6″ tall, soft, cuddly and has flat feet so you can have him stand up anywhere you want him to.

If you follow me on Instagram (SheScribes) you’ve probably seen me post his photo there.

You can find Domo plush toys are available on Amazon. There is an official Domo website, DomoNation.com. You can also find Domo on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

The creator of Domo, Tsuneo Goda, made a short animated film called Komaneko: The First Steps. The short film has been adapted into an ebook that is available for download on iTunes for the iPad. It’s also available on Android devices.

Komaneko First Steps

This ebook has A LOT of features. I’m impressed by all it has to offer.

    • Movie Maker – Create your own animation just like Komaneko
    • Personalize the eBook and record your own story feature
    • Complete 34-page Interactive Book
    • Touch points leading to interactive content and fun games
    • Text is read aloud and highlighted for your child to follow along
    • Multilingual options: English, Mandarin, or Malay are available. More languages coming soon.
    • No in-app purchases

As if all that wasn’t enough the ebook also has several games.

    • Coloring Pages: Coloring pages from the story can be saved into your own scrapbook.
    • Matching Game: Expand your child’s memory with beginner, intermediate, and advance levels!
    • Spot the Difference: Can your child find the images that are out of place? This task will help build your child’s cognitive and observation skills.
    • Mission Button: Where did Wink’s blue button eye go? Help Komaneko find Wink’s missing button eye by using your finger or the tilt feature to direct Komaneko where to go.

The app sells for $3.99 at the iTunes store and on Google Play. It can be downloaded in English, Malay, and Mandarin.

I think you get A LOT with the purchase of this ebook. Most ebooks you just read and that is that. With this ebook your child will be entertained for hours.

First Steps

Here is some additional information about the ebook.

Komaneko: The First Steps, the critically acclaimed animated short film from Tsuneo Goda, creator of Domo, has been adapted in a new eBook that will charm, entertain, and educate kids in a truly innovative way.  The latest installment of the Kideo eTales series of heartwarming, inspiring, and educational stories features the original film with other key features including a Movie Maker tool, interactive content, games and puzzles.

This all-in-one interactive eBook is also intended to use multiple fun approaches to maximize children’s learning. It will allow them to become familiar with 500 English words and more than 600 Chinese characters both verbally and visually through readable text. The Kideo eTales line includes other adaptations of The Three Little Pigs and The Priceless Gift.

The story of Komaneko focuses on a clever and creative cat who is planning to shoot a movie all by herself. Komaneko lives with her grandfather on top of a mountain and her hobbies include making dolls and shooting stop motion films. She is sweet and only makes a cute “nyah” sound when she speaks. Komaneko: The First Step was a finalist at the Melbourne International Animation Festival, the London International Animation Festival, and the 8th Seoul International Cartoon & Animation Festival. The animation series is made frame by frame, which is how Komaneko got her name — “koma” means “frame” and “neko” means “cat” in Japanese.

If you are interested in learning more about this app you can find it at the iTunes store.

Discovery Kids Planet Earth 3D

Speaking of books I just had the opportunity to read a review a really cool book called Discovery Kids Planet Earth. Its part of their 3D Readers books. This is an actual book, not an ebook. This book even comes with over 50 3D stickers!

This book features interesting facts about our planet including weather, rocks and soil, volcanos and even about the Earth’s core. Each page features beautiful images that jump off the page when you use the 3D glasses that come with the book. The 3D effect brings everything to life making learning fun and enjoyable. Even I learned a few things. :-)

This book is for elementary students, probably around 5-8 years old. Even though this is an educational book the facts presented in it are written in a very easy to understand way.

This book is available on Amazon as well as other retail locations (I saw it on Target.com). On Amazon I found several other Discovery Kids 3D Reader books including the Night Sky, Human Body and Dinosaurs to name a few. Each one comes with a pair of 3D glasses.

For more information about Discovery Kids, including games, activities, quizzes and an online shop, visit Kids.Discovery.com. You can even check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

What do you think about these books? Do they sound interesting to you?

Are you or your child fans of Domo?

Feel free to share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do these reviews. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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About Kimberly

Kimberly Vetrano resides in the suburbs of New York City with her family, five cats, dog, a tank full of fish and snails. She is also a freelance writer and photographer.

Comments

  1. Maralea says:

    My grandkids would love both of these books. It looks like they would both provide hours of fun!

  2. MaryJane says:

    My Grandson would love Domo-kun.