Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day, by MAPP Editions Ltd, is a charming storybook app both written and narrated by Amy de la Haye, and beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Emily Sutton. This tale takes you from Clara’s living room into a delightful adventure through the esteemed Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Her brother Ollie prompts the visit to the museum after his comment that buttons are boring and his rambunctious behavior, which damages the cherished hat of the late Granny Elsie. The bus ride brings attention to London’s most famous shops and gives kids a feel for the streets of London. Once in the museum they view Trajan’s column and an enormous glass chandelier. Finally, the family finds their way to the Fashion Gallery. Clara strays and manages to get help from Edmund, “the hat doctor,” who restores the cherished hat of Granny Elsie. Ollie, has his own adventures although he bluffs boredom. This captivating tale ends with Clara and Ollie having very different dreams that night, just imagine!
TWA may be a bit prejudice due to our love of fine art and museum going, but this app ensnared our attention from the first sparkling button! Much to our surprise, eight of the installations from the Victoria and Albert Museum that the children pass by are highlighted at the end of the book with their own link to a photograph of the particular piece, and a brief narration about its history. These range from a Vivienne Westwoodplatform that looks right back in style to the famous Tipus Tiger, and the Dale Chihuly chandelier that adorns the entrance to the V&A Museum. Quite the cultural adventure can be had via this app or just enjoy the endearing story. From what we have read, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest and greatest museum of art and design. Maybe we will get there sometime soon!
Bursting with hidden interactive elements, hats that appear or change with a pop, and buttons that sparkle at every touch. Tap to discover! Key Features:
⋅ Listen to author Amy de la Haye read the story.
⋅ Record yourself reading the story
⋅ Tap to find animation and interactive elements
⋅ Finger-tracking animation makes buttons appear at every touch
⋅ Make buttons (and Ollie!) spin by moving the iPad
⋅ Original musical score
⋅ Portals to audio and visual information about exhibited pieces at the V&A
This review was originally published by TeachersWithApps.com on September 18th, 2012.
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Amy De La Haye/Emily Sutton
MAPP Editions Ltd Apps
12 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 9
Clara Button loves hats, and when her older brother Ollie breaks her favourite, Mum takes them on a magical day out – to visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Join Clara on an exciting journey of discovery through the museum, to discover magical hats, mechanical tigers, ancient silk dresses and lots more!
Beautifully illustrated by award-winning artist Emily Sutton, this app is bursting with interactive elements, hats that appear or change with a pop, and buttons that sparkle at every touch.
The app encourages constant interaction for all, inviting children to read along, and to touch and move the iPad to follow Clara on her journey.