This short but absolutely adorable book app focuses on a familiar stage of toddler life ... the fun of hide & seek. Little Hannah loves hiding things, especially herself. Interactive, animated and full of additional dialogue, this title is sure to please young listeners, especially those three and under.
Hidden items, including Hannah herself, are placed in new locations with every re-reading, making for nice replay value. Hannah is voiced by a young child, which is cute but not always understandable. The ending, with Hannah's parents 'turning the tables' on her by hiding themselves is cute although at first seems a bit cruel. Thankfully Hannah responds by laughing, although the sound effect for her laughter sometimes seems somewhat forced, like a child being tickled.
Page turn is by simple arrows, and words appear as they are spoken (instead of highlighting). Nice hints are given for where to look for items or Hannah. Interactivity is superb, with lots of things to tap and explore, all tied to the storyline about hide & seek. Animation is light, but nicely done. My little boy wanted to be able to take the found items and drag them to the right person (brush to mom, remote to dad, for instance), so maybe some indication of success would be nice to add to a future update for these features.
Overall, this is a delightful little book app that will be a hit with toddlers and preschoolers in particular. The great joy in hiding and finding for young children is translated beautifully in this digital title. Recommended.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Squeaky Frog LLC
4 - 6 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5
A toddler named Hannah loves to hide things. First she hides her mother's hairbrush, then the TV remote. But Hannah's favorite thing to hide is herself. She hides in her bedroom, her parent's bedroom and even in the dog's house. She hides whenever she doesn't want to do something, like nap, eat dinner, or take a bath. But she is magically 'unhid' whenever something good is happening, like cookies for snacktime or when her favorite TV show is on.
One day, though, Hannah wakes up from her nap and finds nobody in the house ... surprise ... mom & dad were hiding. Hannah is delighted.