Should there be an interactive version of this book?

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Re: Should there be an interactive version of this book?

Post by Adediran Israel » 31 Jul 2018, 11:32

If this book is going to have an interactive session then it is well suited to them in the school because there is no way age 2-3 years age group will get themselves involve in meaningful interactive session.

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Post by kfwilson6 » 31 Jul 2018, 19:27

Adediran Israel wrote:
31 Jul 2018, 11:32
If this book is going to have an interactive session then it is well suited to them in the school because there is no way age 2-3 years age group will get themselves involve in meaningful interactive session.
I don't think most children would be looking at this book alone. It is targeted at such a young age group, I'm sure it is intended to be read by an adult with the child. I imagine the interactions would be minimal such as opening a flap or petting the fur on a cat. Authors have found many simple ways to add interaction to books. I picked up one the other day that had a duck and you could rub its feathers and a lizard and you could touch its scaly skin. It was simple but fun for children.

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Post by Shrabastee » 01 Aug 2018, 01:53

joycechitwa wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 02:45
Toni The Superhero is targeted to children who are just learning how to read - probably in the range of 2 - 3 years old. There is a trend for books targeting this age group to be interactive so as to retain the interest and concentration of the children.

So for instance when Toni is doing dishes or rescuing that cat from a tree, there could be an extra fold on the page or sort of mini-windows that the child can open and close. These extra additions can have a "before" portion where dishes are undone, or the cat is on the tree, then an "after" portion with a clean sink or the cat safe. The "after" portion should be revealed after the child has interacted in some way with the page.

Wouldn't that draw the child in more?
Yes, this was the very first thought that crossed my mind while reading the book. To engage the young readers there is nothing better than an interaction section. I even mentioned this in my review. Your idea of including the 'before' vs 'after' scenario soumds very interesting and will be perfectly suitable for the young children,I believe.

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Post by lavellan » 01 Aug 2018, 17:18

I think interactive elements would be a great inclusion! I remember that when I was young, I really loved books that I could interact with. Different textures and flaps to flip could help to engage young readers.

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Post by stacie k » 03 Aug 2018, 12:55

I agree! Books that provide opportunity for interaction always seem to be the favorites for young children. With an adult's involvement, more teaching/training/discussion could be stimulated through this format. At first, it might just serve as entertainment, but upon multiple readings, more of the processing could take place.
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Post by Amy+++ » 04 Aug 2018, 12:58

I think it would keep a child's attention if it was interactive. I also think that it would be great idea to have the interactive also teach the child that is reading the book something as well. That way it is like a two in one. It keeps their attention and teaches them something.

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Post by Ijeoma Kikelomo » 07 Aug 2018, 05:36

The age bracket targeted by the book wouldn't really appreciate or understand the concept of an interactive session. It would just be more work on the parents.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 07 Aug 2018, 19:54

I remember reading a lot of interactive books when I was little. They didn't distract me. In fact, they started my love for books. It makes it fun for the kids. It keeps them interested. Making this book interactive is not a bad idea.
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Post by simplymica26 » 09 Aug 2018, 06:49

I love interactive book! Even I'm at my age, I still have fun reading on it. And I know kids will enjoy it too!

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Post by Fozia-Bajwa » 09 Aug 2018, 07:15

Yes there should be an interactive version of the book for the children. Also I will recommend this book should be in the form of a movie to be more amazing.

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Post by BookishCoffeeBlog » 10 Aug 2018, 03:10

I know when I was younger I always gravitated towards the books that had fold-outs or things I could play with. This question also reminded me of leapfrog, a system I had when I was younger that would read the words to me when I pointed to it with a stylus. The system also had games and it made reading really fun for me. I think an important goal for young children is ensuring that they are calm and entertained while reading, to avoid frustration.

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Post by David Horta Alonso » 10 Aug 2018, 11:12

The illustrations and drawing in the book are to me interactive. They best pass the message home to children. Most children I know of get amused by pieces of artistry.

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Post by Cher432 » 25 Aug 2018, 15:02

An interactive version will need an age adjustment to be made. Maybe the author should do two versions, an original version and an interactive version. This will certainly make the book more interesting.

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Post by PeaceLoveNature44 » 27 Aug 2018, 07:33

Dael Reader wrote:
27 Jul 2018, 07:05
Actually, I think folds and tabs get in the way with children who are just learning to read. They can be more interested in playing with the page than learning to read the words. The only "interaction" a child needs with a picture book is a thoughtful adult who will read with them and engage them in a conversation about characters and pictures.
I agree with you. Also, the book is simple, and the adult reading can make it fun. It's short and sweet to keep the childs attention. Illustrations are great as well ro help them stay focused.
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Post by Allyseria » 27 Aug 2018, 19:53

I'm not sure if there should be an interactive version of the book. It might distract the kid from reading. Or if they start to love interactive version of books, they might end up disliking traditional books. :no-spoil: Just the illustrations should be fine :)

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