"This excellent children's app teaches kids about the colours of the rainbow. It tells the tale of the colours painting the world, apart from Red (who's ill in bed). Each colour gets its own musical note, too – ideal for tap-happy children."

5/5 stars
"The story along with the illustrations would have been sufficient to earn our recommendation, but the interactivity has been perfectly fit into context in this beautiful and very special app. Worth every cent and much more."

"This simple yet substantive story gives toddlers a valuable primer on color and music."

"Red in Bed is a delightful app. Having read it several times already, I think it may be one of my top five storybook apps for toddlers."
- Camila Amanda, Geeks with Juniors

5/5 stars
"fun and educational!"
- Nikki,

"The app is very simple to use: when your child taps on a colour, it jumps up and sounds a note – and you can ‘play’ more than one colour at a time so it’s great fun for little fingers."


Red In Bed is an original story about the colors of the rainbow who on this particular day cover for Red who stays in bed, sick. It is written, illustrated and developed by Josh On, an interaction designer who wanted to keep the simplicity of a classic children’s book while adding a layer of gentle interactivity to help involve the child in the narrative directly.

Each color has a note which sounds on a tap, together they can be played like a musical instrument. This interactivity is aimed at pulling the child into the story. As each color goes to saturate objects of the world in their hue, the child reader can touch each object and it will fill with that color and play the color’s note.

What's New

Version 1.09

Fixed Japanese punctuation.

Ratings and Reviews

Lovely simple story, playfully brought to life


My 1 year old daughter loves this app! The story is simple and engaging and the reader is involved on every page, helping to bring colour to the world. There are some sweet little interactive animations, and the creators have obviously thought about interactivity (e.g. the front/title screen is lockable, which means the child can play with the animations there without accidentally advancing the story until you're ready). I also appreciate that you can change the spelling of "colour/color" to suit your preferences. Nice touch!

I hope there will be more in the series....

Lovely app, please do another one soon!


My daughter loves this story and enjoys reading it with me and by herself. She is only 23 months but it is simple enough that she can read it herself and enjoys the sounds and colours. She especially likes putting them to bed at the end! Please do another one soon!

Charming, gentle wee story with unobtrusive interaction


With imagery that brings to mind Eric Carle, and a charming, warm hearted simplicity 'Red' seeks merely to play with colour a little and bring a character in to a nice place - whilst exploring the simple little world with Mummy and Daddy. Beautiful!


daniel logeman
46.3 MB
Requires iOS 5.1.1 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
English, French, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2013, Josh On


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