A 3-D pop-up app of preschool games built around Eric Carle’s dreamy watercolor world.
To commemorate the 45th anniversary of The Very Hungry Caterpillar with an iPad activity app takes a lot of digital bravery, though perhaps not as much as a digital retelling of the original would. As it is, this 3-D pop-up version brings in other beloved Carle creatures, including Mr. Seahorse, the mixed-up chameleon, the very quiet cricket and the brown bear of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? among others. Each page begins with “Did You Know?” and offers preschoolers a few important facts about the critters. After each of the eight narrated pages, children can then jump into eight different minigames and activities, earning badges for completing each one. These games each appear on a pop-up page and include feeding the very hungry caterpillar tasty fruits for a Healthy Eater Badge, identifying sea creatures for the Quiz Whizz Badge—don’t leave the page too soon or you’ll miss the whale!—and helping the brown bear find her cub.
Overall, this engaging app provides long-lasting, skill-building fun, and parents who revere Carle’s watercolor work won’t be disappointed in this digital incarnation. (iPad informational app. 2-5)