Peter Rabbit: Buddy Edition Rating:
I grew up with the stories of Peter Rabbit and so to see it being released on the iPad is great especially as I have my own children who I can share it with now and enjoy it vicariously through them.
The Tale of Peter Rabbit was written by Beatrix Potter and it’s been beautifully represented in this edition over 30+ fully illustrated pages with the original drawings from the book.
What is great to see in this edition of the classic tale is that additional features have been added to enhance the enjoyment of both the story and the app as a whole thanks to multiple ways of enjoying the story, a coloring book and a book shelf full of Beatrix Potter goodies that you can buy.
The story option comes in three different flavors, the first option is to simply read the book, stroking the screen from right to left turns the pages and the majority of the pages are interactive allowing you touch the screen to have the items that you touch read back to you, or in the case of birds, sing to you!
You can also have the story narrated to you which works well especially as the text appears as it’s being read aloud. The final option is a combination of both methods and is a real differentiator between this and other books on the iPad.
The ‘Buddy Edition’ in the title refers to this new feature and that can be used when the app is installed on two devices and Apple’s Game Center also installed on both devices which enables the reader to narrate the story remotely to the child. This is supposed to enable a parent to still read to their son or daughter even if they are away from home and will work across both the iPhone and iPad as it’s a universal app.
While I wasn’t able to test this out from a 1,000 miles away I was able to test it out between different rooms in our house and after the initial setup, which they do recommend that you do before you want to read for the first time, it worked flawlessly and makes this app truly unique.
The coloring book part of the app consists of 10 different images picked directly from the pages of the book and allows you to choose from a range of colored crayons and an eraser to add your own look to the pictures. You can even save or email your works of art too.
Peter Rabbit Buddy Edition for the iPhone and iPad is a great addition to your electronic library and at just $1.99 for a universal app it’s an absolute bargain.
- Amazing remote buddy reading feature
- Great narrated version
- 10 different pictures to color
- Interactive pictures in the book
- Initial setup for buddy version takes a while