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Just me

December 31, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A little rabbit isn't just like any of his family, he's unique.

This is a beautifully illustrated little book with light animations and subtle interactivity. The story features a little rabbit that isn't quite like anyone in his family. Not narrated and lasting only a few minutes, this is a simple but elegant digital presentation. 

The interactivity is so subtle that you might miss it. You can add more blush to grandma bunny's face, strum brother Ernest's guitar, and toss a carrot over grandpa's gigantic belly. There is also beautiful but oddly haunting piano music that can be turned off with a simple setting. As a digital title, this app is solidly made with a nice page guide and even the choice of arrow or swipe-style page turning.

While the presentation feels otherwise beautifully polished, the text itself has an abrupt feeling. After explaining all the ways he's not like his relatives, the final scene shows the little bunny with his mother (looking unhappy) as he says, "No, mom, no. It's me, Bob. Just me." It feels odd for the bunny to say this without any other context, especially as the final page of the book.

I suspect there may be something lost in translation from an original story written in Spanish or Italian. The book has a nice ending page after the text, though, with a scene of everyone posing for a family portrait. Readers can slide a rectangular frame around different people in the scene and click a camera to see a brief pose from the characters.

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Just me

December 31, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Raquel Cane/Randolph Hokanson (Music)

Developer:
Luis Parravicini

Length (time):
2 - 5 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 5

Languages:
English • Spanish •Italian •

Length (pages):
12 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Just me

A little rabbit on the first page asks, "Guess what?" ... explaining that he doesn't look like his relatives. He doesn't have his uncle's eyes or sister's legs, etc. No, this little rabbit is 'just me'.

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad

Options:

Read, Credits

App Release Date:
2011-11-14

 






Size: 8.58 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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