Axel Scheffler flip flaps onto the App Store again

British company Nosy Crow publishes marvellous books, but also lovely apps – I’m a longstanding fan of the company’s fairytale apps, but its Flip Flap series is excellent too.

It uses the instantly-recognisable illustrations of Axel Scheffler, who you may know from The Gruffalo, in an app that resembles those mix-and-match books where you turn bits of pages to make new matches.

In this case, what you’re mixing and matching are ocean animals and fish, as well as poems about the combinations that your child can create.

“What do you get if you cross a whale with a jellyfish? Why, a whellyfish of course! And how about a lobster and an octopus? Well, that would be a lobstopus!”

There are 11 animals, each with their own poem, which means 121 possible combinations for kids to uncover. As with Nosy Crow’s previous apps, there’s also a strong focus on reading skills here: children can listen to the poem and see the text highlighted, although they can also choose to read by themselves.

Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean costs £0.99 for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store.

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