_D.W. the Picky Eater_ is an interactive storybook and an educational game
for children aged three to seven. It is based on the 1995 children’s book by
Marc Brown. Players follow D.W., Arthur Read the aardvark’s sister, who
dislikes a lot of food because it looks disgusting to her. Items she does not
like include pickles, tomatoes, pineapple, spinach, salad, parsnips etc. The
story is told through narration and text on the screen and meanwhile many
hotspots in the environment can be clicked for a short animation. There are
also several mini-games such as decorating D.W.’s playhouse along with a game,
soaking gophers with the water hose, setting the table and so on.
Next to skills such as following storytelling, vocabulary, pre-reading and
reading, word recognition, matching words with pictures, sentence building and
logic, children also learn about nutrition and the five basic food groups, for
instance by helping D.W. set the picnic table. There is a Make a Story section
in the game where based on three choices per page in the Picky Eater book a
custom story can be built.
This is the eighteenth and last game in the Living Books series. Unique to
this game in the series is the removal of the ‘Read to Me’ option and the
addition of a button to allow for skipping out reading.