Zany ABC Flip Flap - Children's Book

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Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media
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Mixing, matching creatures to get weird names is silly fun.

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The app is fairly easy to use: after pushing "Start," you swipe left and right to mix and match the three words and their corresponding pictures. The app will read the words aloud (and this can be turned off on the info page). You can also shake the device to randomly mix up the three flaps, although shaking up and down confuses the accelerometer. There is a large "Home" button in the corner, which is easy for children to accidentally tap while trying to swipe the bottom row.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Zany ABC Flip Flap is a children's book app that allows kids to mix and match various creatures by swiping back and forth on the three "flaps." The app can read the words aloud and may teach the order of ABCs, but does not pronounce the letters themselves. The app is simple to use but it is also easy to accidentally hit the large "home" button which looks like part of the illustration.

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Is it any good?

ZANY ABC FLIP FLAP is a digital version of those old mix-and-match books with the flaps, allowing you to create odd creatures by pairing up a head, torso, and feet. There's one creature for every letter of the alphabet, and the illustrations are picture book quality. But the choice of words is a little odd: most of the nouns are actual animal names (lizard, dachshund, jaguar) but occasionally you get weird things like a warthog labeled "king" (with no indication why it would be called a king), or the "tomcat," which is a furry, horned goblin thing. And while it is meant to be "zany," that doesn't explain the six-legged lizard or the "vulture," which is apparently some other type of bird.

The interface is quite easy to use and even a toddler would be able to learn. The only quibble is the large "home" button which is in the corner of the illustration. Depending on which side of the screen the child is swiping, it is very easy to tap the home button by mistake and return to the main screen.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: June 14, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 14.30 MB
  • Publisher: FrogDogMedia LLC
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: Requires iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: May 24, 2017

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