Peter Rabbit hops and pops into an app

PopOut The Tale of Peter Rabbit

PopOut The Tale of Peter Rabbit

It’s somewhat controversial to have a ‘pop-up’ book without paper – paper engineering purists will say that it is pure nonsense. On the other hand, I suspect that iPad fans will love it.

PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit is an e-book app created for the iPhone or iPad. The app uses Beatrix Potter’s original story and illustrations, bringing them to life with gentle background music, a suitably British narrator and animated ‘pop-up’ features.

Many of the pop-up features rely on traditional pop-up book tools – levers and wheels make Peter ‘hop’, slide under Mr McGregor’s gate, jump into the watering can and more. Other pages use animation and sound effects to enhance Potter’s illustrations – falling autumn leaves, bouncing bunnies and gathering blackberries – each page comes alive in some way. That said, I’m not sure that Ms Potter would approve of Peter Rabbit passing wind after overeating in Mr McGregor’s garden (although it certainly gets a laugh from children!).

The app is available for both iPhones and iPads. My children have enjoyed it on the iPhone but unquestionably it would be better in the larger format of the iPad.

PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit is available through iTunes for $2.49. Check out other apps we have reviewed here.

(via Paper Forest)

PopOut The Tale of Peter Rabbit

PopOut The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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