Toot the Tiny Tugboat - Review

Thud Media and Lupus Films have partnered to launch the third in a series of children’s apps based on popular Channel 5 and Cartoonito pre-school series Toot the Tiny Tugboat.

The storybook app Toot to the Rescue lets young readers enjoy an interactive tale with characters from the series where they can read along with the narrator as the action unfolds.

Featuring games, events and animated elements, the app brings to life a new and original storyline, written by the series head writer Ian Carney, providing users aged 3 to 6 with an engaging and entertaining reading experience.

The app also has a dual language feature which allows the story to be read in English or Welsh, and the text is highlighted word by word as it is narrated, aiding reading and language learning. There is an added educational angle in that the app also teaches children about water safety.

Thud Media’s creative producer Ben Cawthorne said: “It was great to bring animation and interaction in to enhance this picture book. Developing the story, laying out the artwork and building in the interactive elements to engage the reader was an enjoyable process. We created a 3D page that can be turned while reading so the book feels responsive and elements can remain active. We hope readers appreciate the quality of the book’s presentation and narration.”

Ruth Fielding, Lupus Films’ joint managing director and series producer of Toot the Tiny Tugboat, said: ‘We had great fun directing voice actor Duncan Wisbey who plays all the parts in the story. Kids will recognise him as the voice of the Harbour Master, Lenny the Lighthouse as well as Blue Claw the Crab and Gus the Seagull’.

To celebrate the launch of the new App we were sent a code to use to claim our free game, a copy of Milkshake magazine and a pair of Toot the Tiny Tugboat PJ's. All three of which have gone down a storm with Noah. Toot the Tiny Tugboat has become a household name here quite quickly and Noah's always asking to watch the show on channel 5 or on YouTube. 

First of all let me mention the Toot the Tiny Tugboat PJ's! The short sleeved tee and shorts have been ideal for the stuffy weather we've been having lately and recently we took them on holiday to Majorca with us. They are such a lovely design, are super soft and come in sizes 1.5-2 years through to 5-6 years. They cost just £8.00 too which I think is very reasonable as sometimes character wear can be a little pricey!

The buy Milkshake magazine quite often and the copy we were sent was just as good as previous months. It was full of puzzles, stickers, stories, free toys and kept Noah occupied for quite sometime, which is always a plus for me!

We also love love love the app and we've found it to be ideal for Noah's age as it's designed for preschoolers and children a little younger too. The app is bold, bright, eye catching and is lots of fun. Noah loves to sail around the harbour, finding his friends a long the way and collecting a reward or two too. There are also a couple of mini games to play on the app, our favourite being I Spy!

Toot to the Rescue is the third app developed by Thud following on from previous releases; exploration game Toot’s Harbour and boat racing game Toot’s RaceThe new app is available for download now via iTunes and is priced at £2.99.

- We were sent these products for the purpose of this review however all opinions are my own.


  1. I can see why Noah loves all these
    The colours are fabulous

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