Lulu is a little French girl who goes on adventures around the world with her cat, Zazou. This story is about their first trip in the series ... to Australia. The book is lightly animated and full of delightful interactivity that makes the reader a part of the story. Almost every page has elements to tap that move the story along or provide additional dialogue and information about the part of the world they are exploring.
The app is well made with lots of features, including a map that allows you to explore the story of their Australian travels in a non-linear way. The text doesn't highlight as read, but it is in a clear, easy to read font ideal for young readers. This book also features lots of interesting dialogue that goes beyond the text of the story. There is a little yellow bird on every page to discover as well, rewarding children for paying attention to detail.
The book has intuitive settings and a small but very cute extra ... a series of five animals split into 3 panels that spin like a flip book. When you put three correct panels together, the animal shown animates briefly with audio saying the name of the animal and something cute, like "In awhile Crocodile."
Overall, this is an exceptional book app with a charming story and very engaging interactivity. Children will be enthralled with this app and in the process learn about the places, people and animals of the largest island in the world. This title is also the first in a series of books about Lulu's world travels; my little one is already asking about the next adventure and I predict yours will too. My highest recommendation!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
David Herschel, Vanessa Pol/Stephanie Bertault
8 - 14 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9
Lulu is a little girl traveling with her cat Zazou on a trip around the world. Their first adventure is in Australia where they land in Brisbane to gather Lulu's yellow luggage. They look at the posters of all the things to do while visiting. Their first stop is a hat shop where Lulu finds a sun hat since she will need it to keep from getting sunburned while traveling.
The two travelers then head for a cool camper van with music. They drive through the 'Simpson Desert' first and see lots of Kangaroos. They stop for the night near a rock called 'Uluru' and eat kebabs around a campfire. Next they discover native Australian aborigines who play music for Lulu & her cat.
After the desert travel, the pair arrives at 'Cactus Beach' and watch the surfers and try the sport themselves. They also discover a boomerang. Once they are back on the road, they go through a eucalyptus forest where they see lots of sleeping Kolas. The next stop is whale-watching near 'Granite Island' where they see lots of sea life.
Their journey ends in the biggest Australian city, Sydney. The two take pictures before setting off on their next adventure ... Polynesia.
The book also contains one game with 5 animals that can be put together from 3 rotating panels (like a slot machine). The animals include: Crocodile, Kangaroo, Platypus, Porcupine (or is it a Tasmanian Devil?) and Gecko