It’s Byron Barton’s Planes (March) and Boats (April) in app format from Oceanhouse Media and HarperCollins. Matching the books’ engaging simplicity and directness, both apps enhance the print versions without distracting users with over-the-top interactive elements.
The text is read by an enthusiastic narrator, whether the sound is on or off. If you choose to turn the sound off, however, you won’t hear the various plane motor sounds or boat noises. Or the workers’ banter or the plane/cruise ship passengers’ chatter. Tap a word in the text or object in the illustrations to hear and see that word (e.g., cloud, people, plane).
Users can move the planes/boats and a few other objects across the screen, but that’s about the extent of the digital tricks. More app-savvy toddlers might be disappointed, but I think this bare-bones adaptation approach preserves the original books’ integrity.