What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild About Books for iPad is a digital adaptation of the award-winning picture book by Judy Sierra and illustrated by Marc Brown. The story celebrates children's literature by having Molly, the book-mobile driver, set up shop in the zoo and introduce all of the animals to the joys of reading. Kids can follow along to narrated text, or turn off the sound and read out loud by themselves. The book also has an index that allows kids to jump to their favorite page.
Is it any good?
The iPad version of WILD ABOUT BOOKS boasts colorful pictures with plenty of interactive elements that respond with sound effects and animations when tapped -- like an elephant trumpeting, or Molly spinning around in her chair. Most impressive of all, kids can even tilt the iPad to change the perspective of the scene like a pop-up book that shows multiple depths. The story holds its own as well -- it's delightfully written with some truly laugh-out-loud moments (for grown-ups as well as kids), such as the selections of bug poetry in the insect zoo, complete with "stinging" critiques from the scorpion. Kids will delight in seeing that the animals enjoy the same classic books as they do, including The Cat in the Hat, Harry Potter, Crictor, and Good Night Moon.