I was excited to be able to review this app from Auryn Apps with my children. I own quite a few story apps published by Auryn, and the quality of illustrations and stories is always high, so I was hoping Alphabet Animals would be of the same quality. I’m delighted to say that it is.
Alphabet Animals is exactly what it sounds like: an alphabet book with illustrations of animals. Each page has an animal in the shape of the initial letter of its name. D is a dragon, L is a lion, O is an orang-utan and so on. I love the gorgeous illustrations by Suse MacDonald. As you slide the tab across to see the letter, the animal moves a little. The crocodile opens its mouth, the vulture’s wings flap, and so on. If a few seconds pass without the screen being touched, prompts appear highlighting the interactive parts of the page.
You could go through the book page by page, in alphabetical order, or you can tap on specific letters to go straight to that letter. My children were impatient to see “their letters” (i.e. the letters in their names) so this is how we first explored the book. It was also fun to guess which animal would illustrate each letter. Zebra for Z was a no-brainer, but we shouldn’t have been so surprised to see the dragon for D (it is the app’s icon!)
It was nice to see an Australian animal used to illustrate the letter K, but we have a quibble. Koalas are marsupials, not bears, and it is incorrect to refer to them as koala bears. Koala on its own is the correct name. Unfortunately it is a mistake we’ve seen in a lot of apps and books. My little Aussies are very picky and would like the developers to fix this in the next update.
The book on its own is wonderful, but there is a game in the app that adds to the fun. Children select the letters of their name, then drag the “animal letters” over the top to spell their name with animals. They can then select a frame and save the image or send it to an email address. My children love this activity. The images of their names are works of art, and I’m going to print them as photos to go in my children’s scrapbooks. The names would also look great on the front of greeting cards. I know the activity asks you to enter a name, but we took it further and entered spelling list words.
One other feature is a musical theme that plays in the background. While the tune is cute and happy, you can turn it off. I chose to have it off after a bit, but not before my children had fun making the animals ” dance” by sliding the tab back and forth in time with the music.
I’ve seen a lot of ABC apps, and while there are some I quite like, I can honestly say there are not too many illustrated as beautifully as this one. Alphabet Animals will hold your child’s attention and is a great one to share snuggled up on someone’s lap. Highly recommended.