World Book's World of Animals

App review by
Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media
World Book's World of Animals App Poster Image
Encyclopedia app teaches creature facts through multimedia.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about nearly 200 animals using this multimedia encyclopedia. They'll learn animals' common and scientific names, type (mammal or reptile, for example), size, number of newborns, lifespan, diet, habitat, and more. Vivid images and video enhance kids' understanding, and some entries even include the animal's sound. Each animal has a short encyclopedia entry further describing it and including a fun fact. Kids can choose another animal from the encyclopedia to compare the two. World Book's World of Animals is a great tool for animal research and exploration.

Ease of Play

The interface is simple, and instructions for using each part of the app are included. There's lots of information for all age levels, although some information and the quiz may be a challenge for the very young. Tapping "Read More" to get additional encyclopedic information takes kids to a screen with no back buttons. Tapping outside the very large text window will take them back, but that isn't clear.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that World Book's World of Animals is an educational app kids can use to learn about and explore about 200 animals, both living and extinct. Each animal page contains photos and information including the animal's species, scientific name, weight, length, diet, habitat, predators, conservation status, and more. Kids can compare two animals, browse the animal list, search for a particular animal, or narrow the view by type of animal. The app includes enough information, resources, and fun to be as useful for completing homework assignments as it is for satisfying a thirst for knowledge.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

What's it about?

WORLD BOOK'S WORLD OF ANIMALS is a multimedia encyclopedia that allows kids to learn about and explore almost 200 animals, both living and extinct, through photos, video, and text. Each animal page contains information including the animal's species, scientific name, weight, length, diet, habitat, predators, conservation status, and more. Kids can compare two animals, browse the animal list, search for a particular animal, or narrow the view by type of animal. A multiple-choice quiz tests kids on what they've learned.

Is it any good?

Put together by World Book Encyclopedia, World Book's World of Animals is an easy way for kids to learn about animals. The side-by-side comparison of animals gives a graphic look at how potentially unrelated animals stack up. The quiz may be challenging for the very young, but this app has much to offer kids of all ages. Plenty of facts are included for each animal, and the added photos, videos, and sound give a more complete picture to kids who may be unfamiliar with an animal.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Encourage kids to explore World Book's World of Animals just for the sake of soaking in the information.

  • Help them start their own wildlife journals.

  • Visit an accredited zoo to observe some animals up-close.

App details

For kids who love animals

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate