Review: Wild About Books – Award-winning Print Book Comes to the iPad

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Wild About Books for iPad

Wild About Books is an award-winning picture book; and it has now been rendered as an eBook app for the iPad. The print edition has won these awards:

-Mom’s Choice Platinum Award
-ALA Notable Children’s Book
-E.B. White Read Aloud Award
-Book Sense Book of the Year

Though we’ve never read the print version the story sounded appealing, especially for those who love animals (as we do) – so my daughter and I gave it a try over this past weekend.

The short story is that this is quite a charming iPad eBook title for kids. More thoughts on it and screenshots of its pages follow …


Wild About Books for iPad

Here’s the app’s Intro on its App Store page:

The award-winning picture book roars to interactive life as your kids tilt, swipe, and tap their way through this rollicking rhymed story that’s filled with a safari of surprises.
Whether you’re making monkeys flip, beach balls bounce, animals stampede, or bears burp, you and your kids are sure to laugh, learn, and get wild about books.
This new offering from Random House Children’s Books, the trusted publisher of beloved children’s classics, is the perfect app for storytime or anytime.

-Explore 16 animated and interactive scenes
-Tilt the iPad to explore the unique 3-D environment
-Tap and swipe animals and other illustrations throughout the story to bring them to life.
-Use the intuitive navigation wheel to easily revisit your favorite pages.

-Watch and listen as words are highlighted while the story is read aloud.
-Turn off the narration and read at your own pace.

And some detail about the story:

“It started the summer of 2002, when the Springfield librarian, Molly McGrew, by mistake drove her bookmobile into the zoo.”
Molly introduces birds and beasts to this new something called reading, finding the perfect book for each animal—tall books for giraffes, small books for crickets, joke books for hyenas. In no time, Molly has all of the animals going “wild, simply wild, about wonderful books.”

As with many standalone iPad eBooks for kids, there is an option to have the story read aloud to you, or to turn that off so that you can read to your child, or have them read to you. You can also toggle background sounds on and off.


The story itself is charming and a good read. I especially like the fluid and fun rhyming style that flows throughout its pages. Just one quick example:

In a flash, every beast in the zoo was stampeding

To learn all about this new something called reading

Wild About Books iPad edition

The artwork is lovely, a little whimsical, and matches the tone of the story perfectly. Here are a group of bears who have become big readers – and lickers of pages:


There’s a lot of movement on most pages, as well as some funny sound effects.

The tap-able popups within the story are well-done and offer a good variety of actions and sounds when tapped.

Wild About Books iPad version


You can’t swipe to turn pages. You have to tap on arrows at the bottom left and right to move through the story. It feels much nicer to be able to swipe – and both my daughter and I found ourselves continually trying to, as it’s such a familiar action in other eBooks for iPad.

It could do with more popups on more pages. The storyline lends itself nicely to these, the ones that are there are well done, but there aren’t that many.


Wild About Books iPad version

This is a very nice iPad eBook for youngsters and parents. It’s perfect bedtime story reading material – and very well produced as an iPad edition. Definitely one that will get a lot of re-reads at our house.

You can find Wild About Books in the iPad App Store now, and it’s currently going for $4.99 – a ‘special introductory price’.

Patrick Jordan

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2 thoughts on “Review: Wild About Books – Award-winning Print Book Comes to the iPad”

  1. I have the print version of this at home, and our daughter loves it. Good book, full of little literary references and illustrated by the guy who invented Arthur the Aardvark.

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