Baboon Bert goes to camp, where he and his new friends embark on a revealing adventure in self-acceptance.
Baboons can’t help it: Their bums are bare. But new friends don’t always understand when one is different. In this iPad original, Bert the Baboon learns the hard way that what makes him different is also what makes him special... and important. Along the way, young readers enjoy an animated bonanza, with 21 pages packed with 200 interactive elements: Stars burst, the moon laughs, a parakeet dances, campfires glow and much, much more. Readers are likely to stay on each page long after the narration ends, just looking for them all. Auto-read and read-to-myself options are included, and there’s a helpful page-by-page index that lists all the bells and whistles on each, should readers want to know if they missed anything. Baboon Bert also packs four play-along extras: tic-tac-toe (which doesn’t seem to end when there’s a winner), pack Bert’s bag for camp, catch and count the mangos and solve the jigsaw puzzle (which is more difficult than it looks). Sound effects and character voices are lively and distinctive, giving the story a depth of engagement that the undistinguished prose and commercial-looking cartoon illustrations lack.
All bare, this iPad storybook is worth the trip, not only for all the interactive fun in tow, but especially for its message of diversity and acceptance. (iPad storybook app. 4-9)