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Scott's Submarine

May 31, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Scott's Submarine is a cute digital book about an underwater adventure. The book has a unique graphic style and storyline that can be read at two age levels (2-3 & 4+) which could also translate nicely to reading levels for early readers and those who are more advanced. The book also has settings for multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French & Japanese. This makes it a terrific choice for foreign language learning & practice.

As a digital book, this title really stands out most for its stunning computer graphics. There is a lot to see and to do in this book, too, and while it is not really animated, there are several fun scenes that 'vibrate' to give the impression of movement (when the octopus is shaking the submarine underwater) and moving bubbles on many pages. There are also lots of interactive elements, like items that make sounds when tapped. My little boy especially liked tapping Jazz, Scott's cat, to make him purr.

A nice extra activity can be found on several pages of this book, where the child is asked to find 5-6 items within the scene with only a darkened outline of the item to guide them. My child loved this challenge and would spend several extra minutes on each page trying to find the different items. One of the pages, that of the first underwater scene, even scrolls down to show a vast array of sea life. Once the child has found all the items, they can shake the device to reset and find them again (this also resets the text and narration to the beginning).

The book also features the ability to take pictures on nearly every page. If the photo is of any of the sea life, an 'eye' icon appears on the photo and if tapped in the album a nice description with interesting facts about the animal appears. My child really liked this feature and got better at centering the subject of his photos over time. The pictures are saved within the app, too, which I particularly appreciated. Usually this type of feature in a children's app saves to the iPad's photos and just leaves me with the task of deleting a lot of pictures cluttering up my photo collection.

The book overall is a great choice for kids. It has nice messages about friendship and exploring, including a warning not to take sea life out of its natural environment (Aiko wants to take a starfish home with her but Scott warns her that this will kill the beautiful creature). The book is also solidly made with easy page-turning arrows, a clean, easy to read font and a generous array of settings. It is fun and engaging for any little sea explorer.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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Scott's Submarine

May 31, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Valentine Parguey/Matt Roussel

Charly Playe

Length (time):
6 - 15 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 3 - 8

English • French • Spanish •Japanese •

Length (pages):
37 Pages


Story Synopsis - Scott's Submarine

Scott is a little boy with a cat named Jazz. One day he and Jazz decide to go on a ride in Scott's submarine. When they arrive at the dock there is another person's eye staring back at Scott through the lens of his periscope. It is his friend Aiko waiting for him for one last trip before she returns to Japan.

They head down in the submarine, while the reader can take pictures of their underwater adventure. They even see what looks like a rainbow but turns out to be a shoal of silver fish with light reflecting off of their scales. When the pair find a sunken treasure ship lying on the bottom of the ocean, they head inside for a closer look through a hole in the ship's hull.

They find many unique treasures inside the ship and break open the lock on a treasure chest. Then suddenly they are tossed about the submarine by something that has grabbed hold of their vessel. It is a giant octopus! Aiko thinks quickly and begins to tickle the animal with the submarine's mechanical arms. As he laughs, the octopus lets them go.

The submarine then drifts away from the pirate ship and Scott & Aiko decide to leave the treasure behind and instead rise back to the surface. When they get out, Aiko sees a starfish on the hull of the vessel and wants to take it home. Scott warns her that starfish can't live on land, only under the sea, so she tosses it back to its ocean home.

Then Scott and Aiko say their goodbyes and Scott and Jazz head for home.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Age (2-3 or 4+), Help, Narration/Text/Sounds On/Off, Volume, Language

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Size: 45 MB

Version: 1.0.1

Lite Version Available: No



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