Rita The Lizard: A beautiful interactive storybook for children

Review posted Thu 8 Nov '12
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The arrival of the tablet format has added a completely new element to interactive storybooks. The IPad is such a user-friendly and, more importantly a child friendly device, that it now sits right up there in the top interactive learning methods. Rita, the Lizard is a new storybook application that is not only absolutely beautiful to flip through and interact with but carries a strong message about the value of friendship and identity. It's a gorgeous, colorful, interactive storybook with funny rhymes and a fun and easy to use interface that will keep children happy for hours.
Rita, the Lizard began life as an award winning children's book written by freelance illustrator, designer and writer Irene Blasco Grau. It is the story of a tiny lizard who thinks she is a chameleon just like her Uncle William and, when released six years ago, won prizes for its inspiring story of friendship and identity. After seeing the wonderful interaction possible with the iPad, Grau realized that an interactive storybook would be the perfect way to introduce Rita to a new audience. This beautiful presentation features funny rhymes, beautiful illustrations and is easy for kids to read. It features 14 amazing, beautiful and elaborate scenes with the author's impacting and personal style grabbing you with its contagious cheerfulness. Rita offers more than 250 interactive elements, sounds and original music and the beautiful artwork ensures that children and adults will have a delightful experience and experience a true 'wow factor.' There are two reading modes - children can either have you read the book to them (you can even record your voice and be your own narrator) or there is a read and play mode where you can touch and drag elements and rotate the screen. Finally, in each scene a secrets counter shows you what still remains to be discovered. Discover them and win your prize!
Given the popularity of tablets like iPad I'm surprised we don't see more of the interactive children's storybook as it really is the perfect way to display them. Rita, the Lizard is an absolutely gorgeous and very colorful storybook app with hundreds of different elements to it. Not only will children love it but it even has enough going for to keep most parents interested after the umpteenth read through. It's not just the images that are important in a children's book though, is it? And Rita, the Lizard has a charming and inspirational story about the value of friendship and personal identity that will delight both child and adult reader.

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