Monday, September 9, 2013

Interactive eBooks on the iPad

There have been lots of ebooks published for the iPad. Many of them have really just been digital copies of traditional books with page turning and some music. The thing is, a lot of the ebooks have not really taken advantage of the touch and swipe environment. The interactivity available on the iPad is not often fully utilised for kids books. Here are a couple that combine fun stories and an element of interactivity.

Brave Interactive Comic: $1.99 AU
Brave adds to the lore of the Scottish Highlands by telling the tale of Merida, the daughter of King Fergus and Queen Elinor. When Merida defies an age-old custom, to forge her own destiny the ensuing peril forces her to harness all of her skills to undo a beastly curse, and discover the meaning of true bravery.

Alizay Pirate Girl: $5.49 AU
Alizay, pirate girl is an artful blend of story, game and cartoon. With the reader's active participation, Alizay will solve the riddles of the fabulous treasure of Wind Rose Island. Cross a river full of crocodiles, listen to monkeys and then play their songs, clean the ghost ship's hold, crush an army of crabs or put together a puzzle.

Zoe's Green Planet: $2.99 AU
Discover a poetic, humorous, tender universe, wonderfully illustrated by Matt Roussel with a paper mache style. A totally green planet upset by a red rocket ship. A completely animated, interactive story for 2 to 6 year olds! The child is invited to actively participate in the adventure throughout the whole story.

Mademoiselle Daisy's New Friends: $2.99 AU
Mademoiselle Daisy is moving into a new apartment and, to enjoy her new life, she is going to need some new friends. A good book about learning to make new friends. Fitting in can be difficult, but sometimes it only takes a little thing to help us see that folks are mostly friendly and obliging.

Roxie's a-Maze-ing Vacation Adventure: $2.99 AU
Roxie's a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure is a maze, a look-and-search adventure. Find your way by driving a car, walking, flying, skiing and rafting. During the trip you can find letters, numbers, penguins and dozens of other items. Every time you play you'll have to find different items.

Scott's Polar Trip: $4.49 AU
Set sail for the North Pole! Join Scott and Jazz the cat in the Arctic Circle and share a one-of-a-kind experience with the people of the Far North. Scott's Polar Trip provides Arctic thrills for kids. A beautiful story to turn your kids into explorers. A thrilling new adventure and totally original games! 

Scott's Submarine: $4.49 AU
All aboard Scott's submarine for an extraordinary journey under the sea! Embark with Scott, his cat Jazz and their friend Aiko and learn about sea life wonders and the mysteries of the deep blue sea. Unusual interactive features and visual effects give this undersea jaunt a totally immersive experience for the little ones.

Who Stole the Moon: $5.49 AU
Join Bertie on his quest to find the moon, will gently nurture your child's imagination, and send them off into the magical world of dreams. Help solve the mystery! Meet some amazing animal friends. Play games with them and sing together. Follow Bertie through the whole book on his quest for the moon.

The Adventures of Captain Underpants: $4.49 US (not available in AU)
The Adventures of Captain Underpants" by Dav Pilkey presented for the first time in full color and high resolution. Experience the book as never before with full narration, and literally move through the story with parallax animation technology. Then animate the action yourself in the Flip-O-Rama.

It's a Small World $4.49 AU
This animated app takes readers on an adventure packed with whimsical interactivity, beautiful artwork, and unforgettable music. Featuring the original Sherman Brothers’ song lyrics, this simple, poetic story encourages kids to meet new people, explore new places, and discover that it’s a small world, after all.

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