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Review: Animalia for iPad

This well known and much loved book is sensational, making great use of iPad Technology!

View on the App Store: Animalia for iPad - AppBooks

Features of Animalia for iPad:

  • Challenging puzzles that allow hints too for younger children.
  • Focus and visual examination skills are enhanced.
  • Determination to find the missing thing you are searching for 'no matter what', even when you are convinced it's not there!
  • Expanded vocabulary with the focus on alliteration.
  • Word game, book, find it puzzles, art gallery..all in one fabulous App!

Graeme Base's fabulous book Animilia enjoys its 25th anniversary and is a must for every family iPad Library! As well as the many puzzles that have been created to enhance your iPad experience of this classic book, you can enjoy a great rendition read by the author.  Animilia depicts each letter of the alphabet as as collage of incredibly detailed illustrations beautifully woven together through alliteration and artistic creativity!  When you explore each letter, ALL the objects that are featured within that picture begin with that letter, it truly is amazing. Explore art and language combined whilst enriching your vocabulary in a engaging and entertaining way!!

It provides hours of challenging puzzles and word games, as well as being an excellent book with sublime artwork.  A toddler appreciates the pictures whereas both young and older children thoroughly enjoy hunting around for the hidden objects.  Find at least 4 objects within each alphabetical letter, search for Graeme and the anniversary Butterfly Star which are also hiding on every page.

'Butterfly Builder' is based on the hangman game.  Firstly find the missing word by guessing the right letters of the alphabet and then find that word represented as a picture somewhere in the book!!   'What in the World...?' is a real challenge, you are shown an object, sometimes a very obscure one, and you need to guess what it is and then find it one the relevant page of the book. 

Hints are available if you need them and there is also the option to slow down the timer so you can set it to match the skill level of your child.  Scores are recorded making it easy to see how much of the book has been read and how many of the puzzles have been completed.  This is great for motivation, focus and determination as well as success when the book has been mastered! The book can be reset for another player.

There is a comprehensive How to Play Section which we recommend starting with to maximise on your enjoyment of Animilia. Happy Discovering!

This iPad App is recommended by: iPad Mum - Google Plus


10 out of 10!

Age Group:


You will need to sit with younger children to enjoy the experience of the puzzles in this book as they can be tricky therefore avoiding unnecessary frustration. Older children will love the independence it gives them to find the hidden pictures on their own! Reading required for some parts and to understand 'How to Play'.

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