Night & Day Studio‘s Peekaboo Forest takes the reader on a journey through the seasons. This app features the art work of American artist and illustrator Charley Harper and is reminiscent both of Peekaboo Barn and of the series of board books which use Harper’s work to teach the ABCs and 123s to toddlers.
Peekaboo Forest lets the user find animals hidden throughout scenes depicting winter, spring, summer, and fall. As the moving creatures emerge they are sure to delight and surprise young users of the application. Peekaboo Forest reinforces the connection between pictures and words by pairing each animal with its name.
Harper loved nature, and he had an amazing gift for distilling complex creatures down to the simplest of shapes. Not surprisingly his illustrations perfectly suit this app which was designed for young children.
Even though Peekaboo Forest includes just a smattering of the works Harper created, the animals come to life as never before. Racoons appear hiding behind logs as night falls, or a butterfly flits around a meadow where each flower it passes is actually an identifiable species of wildflower from Trillium to Lady’s Slipper Orchids.
Peekaboo Forest is available for download in the App store for $1.99.
What I liked: As a fan of Charley Harper’s work, it was wonderful to see his instantly recognizable style, in an iOS app.
What I didn’t like: The app’s default play mode is now “looped.” The screens kept repeating endlessly, so I had to search out the settings menu to turn it off.
To buy or not to buy: Peekaboo Forest is not the flashiest app available for children today, nor is it the longest. Any parent, however, who enjoys Harper’s work, or simply appreciates well-designed renderings of nature, will want to share this app with their child. At $1.99 the cost of the app is significantly less than its board book cousins.
- App Name: Peekaboo Forest
- Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
- Category: Books
- Developer: Night & Day Studios
- Price: $1.99