Illustrated Apps We Love: “Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann” and “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Friends Stickerbook”

Sometimes the life of a blogger is VERY easy: the products we come across are so good, the only problem is finding enough synonyms for the word wonderful. I’m happy to report that this is one of those times. So out comes the old thesaurus, because these apps are stupendous, remarkable, thought-provoking, delightful, and endless fun. And as if that isn’t enough, I’ve come across a top-notch iPad case that you should not do without.

Petting Zoo by Christoph Niemann by Abstract City Media allows you to control the actions of animated characters by dragging and tapping. You can tie the dachshund dog in a knot or coax him into a back flip. You can play an antelope’s antlers like a theramin. Or you can play a game of “whack-a-mole” with a cute meerkat who disappears then reappears from a trio of espresso cups. You can play an octopus like a harp as his tentacles interweave into magical patterns. This app is pure play and downright amazing. You may recognize Niemann’s work from his many New Yorker covers and children’s books, including one of my favorites, The Police Cloud.Niemann’s a rare bird indeed. His imagination is so surprizing, you (and your kids) will find themselves inspired. That’s a lot of value for $1.99.

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Maggie Hames is the Editor-In-Chief of Media Darlings, a blog that features reviews of all types of kid's media and events, including cinema, tv, apps, books, and music. 

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