walkitout (walkitout) wrote,

Pat the Bunny

IIRC, my first encounter with Pat the Bunny occurred as an adult, when someone passed along a spoof-y adult oriented Pat the Bunny when we got married. I do not recall the details. Anyway. I did buy a reissue of what I believe the original looked like; it was about average as touch-and-feel books go and a little more fragile than some. A. likes a Pat the Bunny lift-the-flaps book about Bunny's Garden.

So when I was trying to find the (largely non-existent) response to the AAP Feb and YTD numbers for this year, and stumbled across a mention of a Pat the Bunny eBook iPad app, I figured, sure, maybe I'll pick it up. T. likes to make sure the screen fills evenly with icons, so he was nagging at me to buy more apps to fill up the currently part filled screen; Pat the Bunny was one of the paid apps that was part of that project.

And wow. It is _awesome_. The aesthetics are fantastic in terms of matching the original (well, based on the reissue I have) -- better than the Bunny's Garden, which has a little too bright a red throughout (strawberries, watermelon, tomatoes, etc.) to work with the pastel color scheme. That's largely irrelevant in terms of making the app a _good_ app, but it's always nice to see someone respect Design (and whoa and like damn, the original book had Design). It's easy to navigate and there are a lot of little animations that work well within the toddler-pre-k universe (pop bubbles in Bathtime, make the pots and pans make noise, help dad shave, put Paul and Judy to bed by turning off the light and pulling up the covers, etc.).

On the one hand, I'm no fan of the pastel Design framework of the Pat the Bunny universe -- it's not really my style at all, altho I recognize good execution when I see it. And in a lot of ways, the animations are more didactic and less chaotic than I typically prefer (I'm game with a tubby toast or tubby custard machine, but my favorite episodes are when the former goes nuts and the latter is used to make a huge mess). On the other hand, this thing is really quite gorgeous and A. loves playing with it.

I can always sit off to the side and imagine the Chaos Animations that could have been included, but inevitably were not.

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