Published by JustKidsApps, The Adventures of Onesock – My Pal Roger is delightful story about Onesock and his misadventures with the newest family member, Roger the dog, who bounces into his world and develops a liking for Onesock’s favourite toy. Although it isn’t mentioned in the story, Onesock has Autism and displays behaviours associated with this. Like many children with autism, Onesock has sensory issues with his clothing, in this case with his sock. He has difficulty with social situations and changes to his environment, such as the introduction of the new pet or visiting his Grandparents. Onesock has a particular attachment to his toy alligator, which he uses for comfort and to transition through difficult situations. When faced with a trip away from home, and a new dog that keeps trying to play with his toy alligator, Onesock becomes distressed and anxious. Things are resolved when Roger saves the day. It is no surprise to learn that the author, Roy Ruiz, is the father of the real life Onesock. Onesock is portrayed with love, respect and acceptance.
This is a story with a lot text, so having two reading modes is a handy thing. I prefer to read the stories to my children and tend to turn narration off, but my children have listened to the narration and enjoyed this too.
The illustrations are attractive and colourful. We loved finding the missing sock in each page, although we still haven’t found it on one page!
There are subtle interactive elements on each page indicated by sparkles. Touching some of these might activate an environmental sound, such as a dog bark, a giggle etc, but other interactive spots play more dialogue in the voice of the character, so you can learn more about how the character is feeling. As with many other JustKidsApps books, this kind of feature can help with comprehension.
- Lovely illustrations by Natalie Silva
- Clear, soothing English narration by Priya Rana Kapoor. (I don’t speak German, but the child narrator sounds clear and expressive, as do the voices of the characters)
- Text is highlighted as narrated
- Bilingual in English or German
This YouTube video gives away the plot by showing you the last page of the story, but you’ll also get to hear the soothing narration.
- An option for clicking individual words to hear them spoken when in “Read Myself” mode. This would help those children who are mostly independent readers, but who struggle with the odd word.
- More Onesock adventures – I’ll buy these as soon as they are published.
It is a joy to see a story with an autistic child as the main character in a story. Given the prevalence of ASD in our communities, children with ASD have been under-represented in all forms of media and particularly in children’s literature. Any child will enjoy reading about the adventures of Onesock, but the story will resonate with families affected by autism. I was happy to part with a measly 99c for a story of this quality, and I’d happily pay more. This is the second of Ruiz’s Onesock books, but the first available as an app. JustKidsApps timed the release perfectly to coincide with World Autism Month in April, 2013.
- April is Autism Awareness Month: 4 Great Reads from Parents in the Know (youreducationdoctor.wordpress.com)
- Adventures of One Sock – My Pal Rodger 1.0 – story about an autistic boy (themactrack.com)
- 10 Best Autism Apps for the iPad (laptopmag.com)
- The 12 Myths Of Autism (beyondautismawareness.wordpress.com)
- Autistic children being ‘locked in cupboards’ (radionz.co.nz)
- Autism is . . . Sensational Adventure and Discovery in Motion! (jenniferajanes.com)