This adorable book app begins with a little girl named Zara and a mysterious dripping sound coming from the upstairs bathroom. When she discovers an elephant in her bathtub, making a mess (and breaking the vessel in half), she does the only reasonable thing a girl can do ... she takes the elephant to a local junk yard to find something bigger and sturdier for his tub!
This well crafted tale is told with a whimsical font that appears word by word as it is narrated by a lovely British English speaker. Some word choice is also regional (e.g. 'scrap heap' for 'junk yard' and 'skip' for 'dumpster') but it is easy to understand meaning from context.
There are lots of light animations throughout this book, along with several interactions on every page. The interactivity is fun, although most of it is not story related and can distract from the text, especially with the first reading. A small butterfly or bird can be tapped to fly around the page in many scenes, and lots of items can be flicked around. One nicely done page has tools that can be placed in the elephant's hand as he fixes the tub.
As a digital title, this app is well made with nice settings, however a page guide and/or home button woud be a nice addition. The only way to restart at the end is to close and reopen the app, for instance. Page turn is by arrows and a nice menu is at the bottom of each page (Note: the 'credits' page contains outside links to the web). Overall, this is a delightful little read, featuring a story that both parents and kids will find charming. Recommended!
Also available for iPhone & in Turkish - see 'other versions' tab.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Alasdair Turner/ OiP
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8
A little girl named Zara is home one day when she hears dripping. It turns out to be coming from the upstairs bathroom. Inside the bathtub, she finds an elephant ... spilling water all over the floor. The elephant apologizes, and then says he has also broken the tub.
So, Zara and the elephant head down the street to the junk yard to find something large and sturdy for a new elephant bathtub. They search until they find a larg yellow 'skip' or dumpster. It's just the right size, so they fill it with water and the elephant is happy.
They even find a new, normal sized tub to replace the family's broken one. The elephant turns out to be quite handy, installing it himself. When Zara's parents get home they both think the other one brought home a new tub. Only Zara and the elephant know the truth.