This is an adorable, animated counting book from Graham Nunn, creator of the Larry Lizard series of book apps. Ten cute primates swing from the branches of a tree on every page. Each one has a different item; from a pirate's hat to a teddy bear, each animal is different. On every page, the reader is asked to 'tickle' one of the gorillas under the arm. After tapping the right gorilla, the animal swings around, giggling until he falls off the tree. Now the count is down by one ...
The story goes on like this for ten pages, until there are no gorillas left. Now the reader will see the page slide down to show a lower part of the same tree with all the gorillas hanging on. The interactivity is fun and repetitive, perfect for young readers. I'd love to see highlighting in time with the voice-over, word-for-word, but other than that this is a very cute title.
I also couldn't help but notice that the animals pictured seem much more like monkeys than gorillas. A recent update removed the tails (which gorillas don't have), but given my background in Anthropology, I couldn't help but be a bit distracted by the more monkey-like build of the 'gorilla' bodies. In fact, real gorillas almost never swing from trees because they are only a bit better at 'brachiating' than human primates.
Overall, this book app is delightful. It is deeply engaging for young readers & listeners, much like Mr. Nunn's earlier apps. The interactivity will have your kids giggling along with the story as they learn basic subtraction by one. For very young kids in particular, this app is sure to please. There is also one small extra included with this title, a matching game with the gorilla images.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Wasabi Productions Pty Ltd
6 - 8 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 6 +
Ten gorillas are swinging in a tree ... tickle one under the arm, now there are nine. Each little gorilla has a different item. The reader is asked to 'tickle' each one under the arm, reducing the number of primates by one with each page turned ... until there are none. Or ten ... since all the gorillas are just hanging on the same tree, slightly lower down.