Have you ever wanted to hide something really big? How about a dinosaur? Presented with lots of imagination and great enhancements, How to Hide a Dinosaur is a storybook app that has a lot to engage young readers & listeners. Help the dino skip stones on a lake, splash in the water and try to hide in lots of unlikely places like the hollow of a tree (watch out for the bees!) and behind a water fountain.
This app is solidly made on the Demibooks platform. Text is clear and nicely narrated with a child doing the voice-over, however it doesn't highlight as narrated, which would be a nice addition for a future update. Animations are simple, yet pleasing and polished. Even the sound effects are well-timed and satisfying.
I only encountered one small technical problem with the audio, however. When set to 'off', this app would over-ride the setting if the app is left sitting open for more than 30 seconds (it also resets to 'on' when you tap 'start over' on the final page), but this is a small fix that should be easily repaired in a future update. Note: sound effects are also not silenced when 'audio' is set to off, but the app is completely silent when the device is muted, giving users nice flexibility for the audio elements.
Interactive enhancements are also top notch, with almost everything tied to and reinforcing the text of the book. This attention to detail is essential in an interactive book for young readers to comprehend the story instead of being distracted from it. Overall this is a really fun read, with a well-crafted story & delightful illustrations that will have young dinosaur lovers enthralled. Highly recommended!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Donna Taylor/Stacey Williams-Ng
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
A dinosaur is not an easy thing to hide ... so when a child's voice asks the reader to help hide the dinosaur in this book, a fun story has begun. The dinosaur's first stop is a small lake where he skips stones (with the readers help). Then he scuba dives before trying to hide behind a tree, surf board, truck, hot air balloon & more. His name is Denny, he says.
When he tries to hide in the hollow of a tree he is swarmed by bees and then 'slimed' with honey. Next Denny tries to hide in a fountain before trying out the slide at the park. Soon Denny is hungry for a snack ... a big pot of spaghetti. At the end of the day, Denny watches the sky, seeing a dino-shaped constellation before getting ready for bed.
At this point the 'dino' turns out to be a stuffed animal belonging to the child narrator. Now you can pull up the covers up, turn out the lights and say good night.