Tons of fun content make this more than just an ebook.

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Ease of play

The hidden-picture, seek-and-find type of puzzles within are challenging, but not made too difficult for kids to handle. A game in which you must guess an item from its silhouette proves more difficult, as the vocabulary in this book app can be somewhat advanced. For instance, judging just by its shape, would your child be able to know an echidna from a hedgehog? It's a bit trickier, but still fun and educational.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Users are repeatedly directed to the author's website.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Private. Players can save their score on Facebook, but this is optional.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Animalia is a gorgeous alphabet picture book with some hefty vocabulary words in it. But new words are learned through more than just reading the text and looking at the beautiful illustrations: There are also three complete games, each of which could have been an app unto itself. These scavenger hunt style guessing games can be a bit challenging at times, but kids can definitely learn a lot from them and still have fun at the same time. The iPad version costs a dollar more, but has the same multiple features as the iPhone version.

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ANIMALIA is a stunningly illustrated picture book by author Graeme Base that has now become an equally impressive-looking app with three times the fun added. You can still simply read the ABC-style pages, each of which is laden with dozens of animals and objects that begin with its letter. But there's also a hidden-picture search game, a Where's Waldo-esque challenge called "Go Get Graeme" (in which you can shake your device after you find Graeme to make him hide somewhere new), and a sillhouette guessing game that will send you searching for shapes throughout the book. And each of these games can be played on every single page of the book. This is not only a lovely app to look at, but one that is simply chock-full of fun and edifying content. It's an absolute winner.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:September 7, 2010
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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