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HEDGEHOG BOOK by Lara  Xavier


by Lara Xavier & illustrated by Roberta Lucarini & developed by Ardozia

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: Dec. 5th, 2012
Publisher: Ardozia

Three independent, partly cumulative illustrated minitales—none of which features a hedgehog.

All three do offer a chance to assemble a simply drawn cartoon figure from fanciful elements, following directions that appear in succession and are (optionally, and in English or Portuguese) read with great expression. Viewers spoon strawberry jam into an old coffee pot, light candles beneath, add corn kernels and—voilà! “Volcano Coffee Pot.” Likewise, a banana that is peeled, then topped with an apricot rimmed by almonds becomes a “Banana Flower.” “Daisy Girl” is the best and most complex—it requires not only dragging items from one spot to another, but shaking and blowing on the tablet to create and then feed a charming lass with flowers for eyes, feather-duster hair and a crescent-moon smile. Viewers unsure about what to do next can tap a corner button for a pop-up visual prompt. Each episode can be started over at any point, but there is no manual paging in either direction. Furthermore, though performing the indicated action makes one scene change to the next, performing it too soon will cut the text and narration short.

Still a bobble or two in the design, but an engaging imagination stretcher. (iPad play app. 4-6)