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Elephant in My Pocket

January 30, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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An Elephant in My Pocket is a very cute little book for the iPad. It has bright, colorful illustrations and a really funny story that had my son giggling along with the main character, a little girl named Suzy. The story itself is delightful, with a playful approach to storytelling from the child's perspective.  I could easily picture a real little girl telling this tall tale of putting an elephant in her pocket and taking him to school. It captures all the whimsy of childhood imagination.  

Even the scene where the classroom of kids is 'trampled flat' shows hilarious illustrations of arms waving at funny angles under the elephant, so it's not in the least bit scary. Plus the kids are not really hurt, since they are all in the next scene waving goodbye to the girl and her new pet. There is a tiny bit of animation on most pages, but the animations are not the main event. Instead they serve to enhance the reading experience.

The book is solidly made with easy arrows for page turning. There are a few nice sound effects, including the elephant roaring and children giggling. The adult narration is clear and crisp, with a few parts read by a child to represent the little girl. The child in the book appears to be school-aged (thus the classroom scene), but the child's voice is much younger. The child narrator does not articulate clearly, but the overall effect is very cute and actually put a huge smile on my son's face. Overall this is a great little book and I look forward to seeing more from this developer in the future!

 

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Elephant in My Pocket

January 30, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Dustin Luby

Developer:
Jolly Books

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Elephant in My Pocket

The little girl in this story meets an Elephant on the way to school.  She stops to play with him, but he is sad when she has to go.  So she tries to stuff him in her backpack, managing to get most of him in, but his trunk trails behind her as she walks into school.  The teacher asks if she has an Elephant in her pocket.  She says "no" because the elephant is so sad, but soon he gets scared and breaks free and tramples her whole class (they appear on the next page unharmed).  Then she leaves for home with her elephant pet walking beside her, saying she couldn't wait to show her mom.

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: iPad

Options:

Read To Me, Read Myself, Background Music on/off, Auto-turn pages on/off

App Release Date:
2011-01-13

 






Size: 17.82 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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