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Appy Monday! Let's all go to Letterland!

North London Mums were very excited to find that the fab Letterland ABC Trilogy have been made into iBooks - so off we went to download it. Here's what we think...

ABC, and its sequels Beyond ABC and Further beyond ABC are the international best-selling picture books which introduce the alphabet and then go onto introduce reading. In ABC there are 26 illustrated scenes featuring a character and story for each letter of the alphabet. Each scene illustrates a Letterland character and has lots of alliterative things to talk about. The sequels go on to explore letter formation and words.

The iPhone/iPad versions are not strictly apps but iBooks which translate the original books to a mobile format. The iBooks have read-to-me audio which leads you through the letters of the alphabet, and the words of the text highlighted as they are read. You can zoom into the clever illustrations, and also use the iBook technology to scan the whole book and search for particular letters and words. There's even a dictionary. The books faithfully reproduce the clever characters, animations and stories from the original books.

What we loved: The read-along version allows children to enjoy the books on their own.

What we didn't: The book doesn't fit both pages onto the the screen size very easily (you need to "pinch" the screen to downsize it). We would have liked to see some more interactivity or animation- this is such a key part of so many apps that children begin to expect it.  

Vital Stats:
Cost: £5.99 each
Compatible with: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch

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