Who wouldn’t like cute animals?
Anthropomorphous animal is an eternal theme of Beatrix Potter’s picture book. Among all the fictional animal figures she created in these turning leaves, the naughty rabbit in blue jacket is no doubt one of my favorite. The Tale of Peter Rabbit, the very first of 24 Tales created by Potter, tells the adventure of a mischievous young rabbit into a dangerous garden of a grumpy farmer. In this blog post, I want to focus on an electronic version of the picture book, “Popout! The Tale of Peter Rabbit”, developed by Loud Crow Interactive Inc. available on iTunes Store.
As the written component of WOVEN mode, the language in the entire book are rather concise. While this small amount of text mainly serves to deliver the plot, Potter was still able to maintain the tension and a sense of action. She took a very friendly tone, and brought her young audiences completely into the garden of Mr. McGregor’s.
In her work, Potter primarily employed a combination of colored pencil sketching with watercolor style – this rendered an extremely fine touch of the image. The color is saturated and presents a bright image. Also, the use of collage creating the shadows on background adds a sense of space.
There’s huge amount of details in every illustration – from the rabbit hairs on their tail tips to the leaves on the bushes, Potter made great effort turning every illustration into gorgeous artwork.
The unique electronic format renders a much more interactive experience. For example, when Peter’s sisters, Flopsy, Mopsy and Cottontail are picking blackberries from the garden, there are blackberries popping out from the side of the book and rolling to the opposite edge. This brings action into the reading and would capture young readers immediately. Also, electronic version features sliding and flipping mechanics that allows readers to set the illustrations in action. While it’ll be great for young children to play about the book, parents might find it to be a bit of a distraction.
As per assignment sheet, we’ll need to hand in a physical copy of the picture book. Therefore, we might not be able to employ the unique features of this app. However, there are some inspirations and takeaways that I concluded from this work:
- Try popouts!
- Try short text boxes and short sentences!
- Try alternative formats of the book; perhaps different methods of book binding.
Finally, a link to the iTunes store page if the hyperlink above does not work: