July 09, 2012

Anouck Boisrobert & Louis Rigaud: tipp tapp

Just visited the new website of this lovely children's book by Paris-based Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud. Probably you've heard of these successful talented graphic and web designers/illustrators before. They have published with Hélium the fabulous pop-up books Popville (Pop-up City) and Dans la foret du paresseux (Das Faultier im Pop-up-Wald). Their German publisher is Jacoby & Stuart. Please head over to the publisher's websites. There are many more fine books to discover!

Tipp Tapp, originally published in France in 2011 and released this year in Germany, is an innovative project which combines a book with a digital game. Exciting, isn't it? That's how it works: By typing a word on the computer keyboard the associated image appears instantly. If you aren't sure how to spell a word, you can copy the word from the book. You can create your own sceneries and invent as many combinations as your imagination will allow: "A magnificent garden appears, night falls on your house, a whole orchestra plays music… and the connection between word and images becomes easy as pie."

Ok, though the book is for children aged 4 years (and older), a game running with my 4-year-old looks like this: He told me a word from the book to type, then I show him the letters on the keyboard (he doesn't know all the letters yet) and this way we create an animated scenerie together. It's fun! Really, I'm totally in love with the transparent geometric shapes and the funny extras - try typing FLOH or BUMM or SCHNELL (means "fast")! And he is so proud to be able to type all the words and to hold the final picture in his hands (just type PRINT)! I'm sure he will play this game alone very soon. I can only recommend this interactive book: It's such an easy way to create a whole world with words (and to learn how to write them by the way). Brilliant!

Our first work. He likes it crowded and sunny. 

To buy your copy click here or here!