5 Picture Books I Wish Were Book Apps

Since I started using apps with Mr Tall and Little Miss Chatterbox, I often read a picture book with them and think, “Wouldn’t it be great if this were made into an app!” So, just for fun, here are five picture books I wish someone would develop for the iPad.

The Odd Egg, by Emily Gravett

Because it is a short and perfectly formed story, with plenty of eggs to crack and a big surprise ending. And a soundtrack of bird calls would complement it perfectly.

Meg’s Veg, by Helen Nicoll and Jan Pienkowski

Really, any Meg and Mog book would make my list. Because they have such bright colours, text stripped to the bone, and action on every page. Who could resist helping Meg and Mog to stake the peas and thin the carrots?

Penguin, by Polly Dunbar

For the wonderful conversation between Ben and the Penguin, even if the Penguin’s part is rather mute. Children would have lots of fun helping Ben to try to provoke a reaction from the Penguin.

Unfortunately, by Alan Durant and Simon Rickerty

Because it is a rollercoaster of a journey in which the reader would have a real role in moving the action along, as the boy and girl hurtle from one precarious situation to the next.

Don’t Dip your Chips in your Drink, Kate! By Caryl Hart and Leigh Hodgkinson

Although there is a lot more text to this book than my other choices, there are so many elements which would create a richly interactive app. The reader could open the letter from the Queen, explore her overstocked fridge, or help the Queen ping prunes in Kate’s drink.

Of course, this is just the tip of the iceberg. What picture books do you think would make a great app? I’d love your comments below.

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