Lilup is a dog that is so fluffy he just floats away one day. On his journey, he visits many parts of the world by flying over and then gently landing to visit the wild animals below. Then he returns home to rest & dream of his adventures. He soars in the sky with birds, glides over ice, plays with several animals, splashes in the water and even joins in on a hunt.
Many of these adventures offer the reader the chance to interact with Lilup or the other animals by tapping or tilting the device. The scene with the penguins sliding on the ice and then 'huddling' together were my little boy's favorites, always making him giggle. None of these interactions are especially animated, but nicely enhance the sweet story.
As a digital book, this one is a delightful read. It is especially nice for bedtime, with relaxing background music and a gentle story. The plot also 'floats' along, but in a way that is charming. The illustrations are beautiful and impressionistic, although the dog sometimes seem more blurry than fluffy. This impressionistic style does grow on you over time, though, so be prepared to love this story after just a few reads.
The text highlights while read (in a calming British voice). You can also record your own narration. Each word on the page turns red and enlarges when touched, making it easy to follow along for new readers. The font is an easy to read but stylized print that highlights as narrated. A recent update also includes volume control, hints for the interactivity and screen lock within the apps settings.
Overall, this is a very nice digital book app from Vivabook. Since Lilup appeals to both adults and kids, it makes for great shared reading, too. And at bedtime, Around the World with Lilupis sure to bring sweet dreams. Not many books are as calming before sleep, making this one of the best bedtime reads I've found in the digital world! See our full feature in the blog about how the iPad has become part of this bedtime story revolution: Why the iPad has revolutionized bedtime reading for parents & kids ...
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Ben Hecht/Nelson Wells
Mythos Machine LLC
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8
Lilup is a 'big, fluffy cloud of a dog'. He is so fluffy that he floats away one day, sailing above the sky with a flock of geese. He floats over the arctic north to play with polar bears under the northern lights. Then he splashes into the ocean, following a pod of dolphins going south. Next he stops at a South American island to frolic with a butterfly.
Soon Lilup is up in the sky again in Antarctica where he slides on the ice with playful penguins. Next he floats over the desert in Africa, stopping to join a pride of lions and join the hunt. Then he arrives at a dense forest in Europe where he patrols the night sky alongside an owl.
Homesick by now, Lilup decides to float home across the Atlantic Ocean. Soon he is back on his hillside where he sleeps peacefully, dreaming of all his travels around the world.