The end of last year I reviewed the PopOut! version of Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit and found it to be one of the most original book adaptations I’d seen for the iPad. Now, six months later, the second book in the PopOut! series from Loud Crow Interactive hits the App Store and this time it’s PopOut! The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin that combines Potter’s traditional story and illustrations with modern day interactive capabilities.
When little Nutkin, his brother Twinkleberry and all the other little squirrels journey to Owl Island in search of nuts, they meet an owl named Old Brown. As the rest of the squirrels collect nuts over a period of six days, Nutkin taunts Old Brown with riddles, songs and singing. Kids will love exploring the interactive features of this tale as they pull tabs, spin wheels and play with different elements on pages throughout this book. Objects will literally pop-out onto the pages of the book when tapped and can be moved by tilting your iPad back and forth or dragging them around the screen with a finger. Readers will follow along, participate in the adventure and discover little Nutkin’s fate in this unique interactive experience!
Use the pull-up tab on the Menu screen to select “Read to me” and kids can listen to the story on their own. As each word on the page is read, it’s highlighted in green. Readers can play with the characters, touch words individually to hear them read again and then swipe the page to move on to the next one. Select “Read myself” and kids can read and explore at their own pace. If they’re not sure about the pronunciation of a word, they can tap it and have it read to them. Continue reading and move on to the next page with the swipe of a finger.
The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin offers children over 50 pages of wonderful narration, music, sound effects and interactive play. I once again enjoyed reading and exploring the pages of the latest PopOut app. It’s the unique PopOut! feature that makes this New and Noteworthy app great. If you’re looking for an entertaining app to enjoy reading and exploring with your kids, you can download PopOut! The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin for $2.99 (a reduced price available for a limited time).