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Fun and games for little fingers

Pip and Posy: Fun and Games (Nosy Crow, April) is based on Axel Scheffler’s picture book series featuring the two young friends. In the books, Posy, a mouse, and Pip, a rabbit, help each other navigate “the dramas of toddler life” such as learning to share, coping with “accidents,” and working out disagreements. As the title suggests, rather than retelling these stories, the app invites users to play along with Pip and Posy.

A coloring section provides a choice of seven coloring pages and a blank canvas, with crayon, paintbrush, and colored-pencil tools, each with its own texture and satisfying sound effect. Something I haven’t seen in other apps: every color in the palette may be brightened or darkened with a swipe of the finger, allowing for a wide range of chromatic possibilities. There’s also a memory game and drag-and-drop jigsaw puzzle with three difficulty levels apiece, plus a “spot the differences” game, all featuring scenes of the pair, their friends, and their toys. (Sadly, our iPad 1 doesn’t support the “make a face” feature of the app, which apparently prompts users to emulate Pip and Posy’s silly faces, then photograph them using the device’s camera.)

Throughout the activities, helpful Posy offers kid-friendly direction (“Choose your color!”) and encouragement (“You’re good at finding the differences! Just one more!”); tapping her picture also introduces harmony to the cheery background music. As in other Nosy Crow apps, a cute child narrator voices both Pip and Posy. The developer’s distinctive animation style nicely enhances Scheffler’s art.

Pip and Posy: Fun and Games stands alone just fine, but will probably appeal most to kids familiar with the characters. Though less substantial than Nosy Crow’s narrative apps, it’s certainly engaging.

Available for iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone (requires iOS 5.0 or later); recommended for preschool and primary users.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.

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