In a slightly cheeky and sanitized refresh of classic childhood fairytales, Little Hippo AR brings a new dimension to the genre.
Author-illustrator team Nat Lambert and Rosie Butcher revisit Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears and Margery Williams and Gareth Llewhelin take on The Velveteen Rabbit. Including the covers, each of the four books in the series has a total of six augmented reality pages.
Using the free Hippo Magic app, available via the App Store and Google Play, young page turners look for and hover their smart phone or tablet over the Hippo Magic icon on the sturdy cardboard pages. Characters pop up and are ready to play. Released from the pages of the book, they retain their personality traits and invite picture taking, music making and more. Will this help children learn to read? Probably not. But it may show reluctant readers how inviting the pages of a book can be.
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