Based on the British picture-book and television series, this app weaves a slight story around eight interactive games.
Poppy Cat and her friends are playing outside in the garden when they notice a sea horse trapped inside a bubble, floating through the sky. “The little seahorse looks very sad. We should take it back to the ocean. Luckily it’s a perfect day for an adventure!” So off they go to the bottom of the sea, traveling in a submarine. At each transition, young readers play an interactive game. The activities range from popping and counting bubbles to moving Poppy through a simple maze. The developers combine a good variety of games, all developmentally on target. Unfortunately, the story seems pieced together around the games and has enough holes to sink a ship. The little green sea horse who’s trapped in the bubble isn’t featured on any of the subsequent story pages. Nonetheless, the high production qualities will engage many young readers. The narration, available in British and American English, French and Spanish, is charming. The bright, colorful illustrations arranged on 3-D pages keep the look of the original book and TV show.
Probably best for children who are already immersed in Poppy’s world from the television show. (iPad storybook app. 3-5)