PopOut! Peter Rabbit, by Loud Crow Interactive Inc. is one of those books that dazzles from the moment you open it. It is interactive in many remarkable ways. Berries, when tapped, juicily burst on the virtual page with a wonderful popping sound. It also has an inspired way of re-creating the experience of reading a traditional print pop-up book. Many pages have animations adapted to look, feel and move like old-fashioned real pop-ups. The book's narration (which can be turned off) is accompanied by an adjustable musical track that is mellow and perfect for bedtime reading. The delightful narration is clear & crisp (British English).
I didn't know if I'd like the pull tabs for interactivity, but the overall effect is so enchanting and reminiscent of reading real pop-up books as a child, that I was taken in completely by the experience. And what parent wouldn't love a durable pop-up book? This app is also great for children learning to read, since each word is highlighted as it is spoken. You can even tap on individual words to hear them repeat the audio narration. PopOut! seems to have just enough interactivity to satisfy youngsters without annoying older readers. Truly a delight!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
15 - 18 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8 +
"Peter Rabbit, his sisters Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail, and his mother are rabbits ... who live in a rabbit hole under a fir-tree. Mother Rabbit has forbidden her children to enter the garden of Mr. McGregor: it was there that their father met his untimely end and became the ingredient of a pie. However, while Mrs. Rabbit is shopping and the girls are collecting blackberries, Peter sneaks into the garden. There, he gorges on vegetables until he gets sick, and is then chased about by Mr. McGregor. When Peter loses his jacket and his shoes, Mr. McGregor uses them to dress a scarecrow. After several close encounters with Mr. McGregor, Peter escapes the garden and returns to his mother exhausted and ill. She puts him to bed with a dose of camomile tea while his sisters (who have been good little bunnies) enjoy bread and milk and blackberries for supper." [Adapted from Wikipedia plot synopsis for Peter Rabbit]