Based on the 2006 print title, published in Spain, Rita the Lizard is an award-winning story available in many formats. The app version, reviewed here, is extremely interactive. It focuses thoughtfully on the rhyming text of the short storybook, which is likely what won over the judges for the many awards it has been mentioned, including the Bologna Digital Ragazzi Award. It also received a Kirkus Star and high marks from Children's Technology Review.
Each page features text that can be removed with a quick tap, after finishing with the reading/narration, to see the illustrations more fully. Tapping on the scene reveals dozens of touch-points on every page, totalling more than 200 surprises for young readers. The well-crafted verse, alongside intuitive navigation, presents a solid narrative for children three and up. Distractable youngsters may tap without realizing all the animations and interactive delights right under their fingers, yet this may be just the right encouragement for older, reluctant readers. A delight for a variety of ages, including adults!
This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.
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20 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 8 +
English • Spanish •
**Awarded with Mention - Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award 2013**
**Best Book Apps 2012 - Kirkus Reviews**
**Editor's Choice Award 2013 - Children's Technology Review**
**Awarded with a Kirkus Star**
**Editor's favorite - Appysmarts**
**Editor's Choice - Apps on Tapp**
**Kids’ App Roundup November Selection - PadGadget**
From an award-winning book. More than 250 interactive elements! To enjoy it from the age of two.
Rita is a tiny lizard who thinks she is a chameleon just like her uncle William...
Help Rita to find herself and have fun discovering all the secrets!
* 14 amazing, beautiful and elaborate illustrations with the impacting and personal style of this author that grabs you with its contagious cheerfulness.
* More than 250 interactive elements, sounds and original music.
* With a careful art direction that ensures that children and adults will have a delightful experience.
* A story about friendship and identity with funny rhymes, easy for kids to read and ...Do not miss the end!
* Two reading modes: Read to me or I Read and Play.
* You can touch, drag elements, rotate the screen ...
* In each scene, a secrets counter shows you what still remains to be discovered! Discover them! Win your prize!
* You can record your voice and be your own narrator!
* Languages: English, Spanish, Chinese
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"Not only absolutely beautiful to flip through and interact with but carries a strong message about the value of friendship and identity." Feed My App
"Overall, Rita the Lizard is one of the better interactive books that I’ve reviewed this year. It’s a meaningful story that’s sure to put a smile on your child’s face." Apps on Tapp
"Thanks to its beautiful, colorful illustrations, which are reminiscent of the work of kid-lit superstar Leo Leonni, visual learners will love Rita the Lizard" PadGadget
"Rich colors, beautiful illustrations and tons of interactive details are going to make this book a sure favorite with kids."AppySmarts