This cute, short title features a crocodile who tries to convince several animals in the jungle that he will not eat them if they will only help him clean his dirty back teeth. He gets no help from several creatures who don't trust him, but then he meets a fluffy rabbit who is willing to help. The two become friends. Open, Wide, Snap is told in simple, repetitive sentences perfect for young listeners & readers.
This title is solidly made with easy arrow page turning. It is very lightly animated with a nice educational & interactive feature that shows the name of everything pictured on each page with accompanying voice-over. The book is also nicely narrated (highlighting as read) with simple but intuitive settings. The narrator says 'snap' when turning the pages (by arrows), and while this feature was enchanting at first to my little one, I would like to see a setting added to silence it, especially in read myself mode.
The app also has two small extras, a memory match card game and three small puzzles. The extras are well designed and feature the same delightful illustrations as those in the storybook. Overall this is a very sweet title with a simple but satisfying storyline and nice background music. Perfect for the youngest readers, this charming title also makes a nice bedtime story.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Fiona Treweeke/Mike Stonelake
5 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6
A crocodile is hiding in the grass on a sunny day. He is lonely for a friend and also is worried about his back teeth, which he needs help reaching to clean. So he sets out to find someone to help him.
First he asks a monkey to help him, but the monkey doesn't trust him. He believes that the crocodile will eat him if he tries to help. Next the crocodile finds an ostrich, but she is too afraid of him to help. He encounters similar treatment from a hyena, who laughs at the idea of helping the ferocious crocodile.
Finally, the crocodile meets a rabbit that is willing to help. Soon the crocodile has shiny, clean teeth. The rabbit has a favor too, asking the crocodile to help him with a thistle in his ear. The two are grateful for each other's help and friendship.