May 21, 2018

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Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean | Touch and Go

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Here’s one to add to your tablet during National Poetry Month.

Screen from Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean (Nosy Crow)

Axel Scheffler’s Pets and creatures have flip flapped on a Farm, through the Jungle, and on Safari. Now children can join the join them under the sea. As in the other series  productions, in Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Ocean (Nosy Crow, iOS, $.99; PreS-Gr 3) viewers can scroll through images of familiar creatures. Each animal—from a crab and lobster to a squid and seal—is accompanied by a poem that adds a few details about the underwater denizen. (On the jellyfish: “I’m mostly made of water so/I wobble to and fro./And deep beneath the ocean/I can make my body glow.”)

The real fun begins with the opportunity to mix and match the tops and bottoms of the 11 featured animals; all told, 121 combinations can be created  Along with the body parts, the respective portions of the animal’s name and poem travel with the images fusing into new monikers and verses. (A whale and dolphin become a “wholphin,” a crab and a fish a “crish”). Bold, bright colors highlight the creatures, while the large-print verse of varying font size is offered against a white background. Viewers can choose to read the text on their own, or have it read to them by a child narrator. A page for adults offers tips on how to “get the most from the app,” along with information on the author and the print version of the title (Nosy Crow, 2017). A trailer is available. VERDICT While much like the other “Flip Flap” titles, Scheffler’s many fans will be delighted to discover a new addition to the series.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal

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Daryl Grabarek About Daryl Grabarek

Daryl Grabarek is the editor of School Library Journal's monthly enewsletter, Curriculum Connections, and its online column Touch and Go. Before coming to SLJ, she held librarian positions in private, school, public, and college libraries. Her dream is to manage a collection on a remote island in the South Pacific.

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