Thursday, 3 May 2012

Rumble In The Jungle – An Interactive Book by Giles Andreae and David Wojtowycz


I've long been a fan of the picture book version of Rumble in the Jungle published by Orchard Books and written by charmingly dashing fop Mr Giles Andreae  - The hilarious bite sized poems are beautifully complimented by Davids super-vibrant illustrations. The App version of this picture book is the epitome of "enhancement", the story remains delightfully engaging and the animation is unobtrusive but entertaining.

The  navigation is simple enough for even the smallest readers to operate.
There are options to read by yourself or have the story read to you by deliciously plumby Hugh Laurie, both equally enjoyable.
Each spread reveals a new jungle character with it's own tittersome mini poem accompanied by a bouncy joyful and cleverly composed soundtrack.
There are plenty of opportunities for the reader / listener to join in making various monkey ooks, liony roars or elephanty  trumpet noises.

A favourite page of mine happens to be the zebras having a sneaky snog with hilarious smooch sound effect and quivering eyebrow. Oooh La la!

Each page has tap features to animate various characters including itchy scratchy monkeys and hopping frogs - fun little treasures to discover as you read.

Everyone groans when a game features as part of a picture book app but the Snap card game at the end of Rumble in the Jungle in no way detracts from the story and adds a fun element to enjoy once the story is finished.


Take a trip through the jungle and meet all your favourite animals in this exciting new app with animations, sound effects and music.
Choose to read the rollicking jungle romp yourself, or hear it read aloud.
Little ones will love joining in with the animal sound effects and finding the touch-activated animations on each screen. This app comes complete with a simple puzzle game that reinforces learning. Guaranteed to provide hours of entertainment!

Perfect for families on the go this interactive eBook version of a classic children’s picture book is packed with animated features inviting children to engage with the story and explore each page for hidden features whilst enjoying the bouncy rhyming text.



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