Nosy Crow has done it again with Flip Flap Farm, a companion app to the print book of the same name. Featuring the delightful illustrations of Axel Scheffler, this well-crafted app is sure to please the toddler and preschool set (and their parents). Featuring the tops and bottoms of eleven animals that mix and match, including: dog, mouse, pig, rabbit, goat, squirrel, turkey, sheep, horse, cow, and chicken. This creates a total of 121 possible combinations, along with well-crafted, rhyming text (and an unending stream of giggles).
Young readers will love the whimsy of this app, with creatures like the "Mig" (mouse top, pig bottom) and "Cheep" (chicken top, sheep bottom). A sentence of text for the bottom and top of each animal appears on flip pages beneath each new 'creature' in this fun mixed-up story app. A crisp British accent narrates the text as it highlights, which can be turned off in the settings.
Page turns are seamless and solid, which is important since there is a lot of 'flipping' in this app, which can cause tablets to crash in less well-made titles. Simply swipe the screen on any of the four segments that simulate a print 'flip book' for an intuitive experience. Nice sound effects of each of the eleven animals, plus light background music also enhance the reading experience. The only things missing are a page guide and some sort of setting to turn off the background music.
Unlike a lot of other book apps from Nosy Crow, this title has no animation and only very limited interactivity, with only the mixing and matching of pages and tapping to hear simple animal sounds. However, with so much to see and do in this digital flip book, the less enhanced experience feels thoughtful and well-tailored to the target audience of age five and under. Overall this is a satisfying app that children will return to over and over. It's also a great example of how beautifully a flip book can translate to the touch screen.
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Nosy Crow Limited
0 - 0 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 5 +
What do you get when you cross a goat with a turkey? Why, a gurkey, of course! What about a pig with a sheep? Well, that would be a peep, naturally!
Inspired by the original storybook app, Animal SnApp: Farm, Axel Scheffler’s Flip Farm features brand new animal artwork and poems. With 121 possible combinations, silly names and animal noises to make you giggle, this hilarious rhyming app is perfect for pre-schoolers.
Swipe the two halves of each character to create new animals and hear each poem read aloud.
With original artwork by Axel Scheffler, illustrator of the picture book modern classic The Gruffalo, fantastic music, and lively child narration.