Is This the iPad Version of a Picture Book?

The SCBWI conference was both amazing and exhausting. I learned tons, and will write a full post about it later. For now, check out this snippet from the newly released Alice for the iPad.

I’m not sure what to think about it. On one hand, it entirely misses what reading the book is all about, fancy animations are nothing more than fancy distractions. Narrative has never been interactive, and it’s not because we haven’t had an iPad to get us there. Interactive narrative could have happened just fine while humans still enjoyed their stories exclusively around campfires.

On the other hand, there’s no denying that it looks cool. The iPad is indeed a snazzy device for games. But you don’t read games, you play them–which makes me wonder about picture and board books. Some already are mildly interactive. What would the wild rumpus from Where the Wild Things Are look like on the iPad?


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