Monday, 4 March 2013

Wk5 Added Features Analysis Task

Now we've talked through some of the different ways in which children of different ages learn, we'd like you to undertake some basic analysis of example books with added features and put your thoughts (as pairs) in the 'comment box' under this post.

Please make sure that you've downloaded the .pdf of the presentation first as reference and then format replies as follows:

  • Name of pair
  • Name of book looked at & Author, Publisher(*repeat this per book you look at first).
  • Describe the content of the title, the format of the book and any added features you think are being used.
  • In relation to the information provided in the Powerpoint/.pdf (about the way in which children learn), describe how the added features and/or format might enhance the content of the book for the child. Please make sure you explain 'why' you think this.
  • List the senses that have been stimulated and describe how the format / design does this - please make sure you explain 'why' you think this.
  • Do you consider this an appropriate way to present the content (if ‘yes’ then why?). If ‘no’ discuss why and suggest an alternative approach. 

* Note down your responses, return the book and repeat the above with a different title. Make sure that you look at a minimum of three titles between you.


  1. Chris & Sam

    Night, Night, Baby.
    Illustrated by Kate Merit, written by Marie Birkinshaw – Ladybird

    3mm card per page
    Squared, just wider than a5
    Added featured:
    Fold outs/flip outs
    Shiny type
    Mirror at the end

    Through the repetition and rhyming the baby is encouraged to expect what’s next. Interactivity keeps the child’s attention, kinaesthetic learning.

    Senses: Sight & touch. The book is very colourful with large imagery, it has mirrored elements. The fold outs/flaps are the main part of the book and require touch.

    YES! Uses many of the elements discussed in children’s learning techniques.

  2. Harriet and Keely

    'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz'
    By: L.Frank Baum
    Art by: Robert Sabuda
    Publisher: Little Simon

    'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz' presents a elaborate title, in which the characters are involved with the words. The format of the book is a "commemorative pop-up" and new features such as a small pair of green-lens glasses and moving pop-ups are being used to make this book unique.

    This book is certainly a book children who learn visually would appreciate, however it's also appropriate for kinesthetic learners because, for example, the addition of glasses for the child to get involved with the story themselves. This book is also intellectual as there is a lot of writing involved. This book is ideally aimed for children aged 6+, but young children may enjoy it and understand it more with adult supervision.

    Sight and touch are the primary senses at use with 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', other senses such as taste, sound and smell aren't really present/revelant, as sight and touch are so extensive and intriguing as stand-alone elements in this book.

    We consider this to be an appropriate way to present the stoy of 'The Wonderful Wizard of Oz', as the adventurous story is shown elaborately and in such a fun way that children of all ages will find something in the book that will appeal to them.

  3. Adam and Heather
    Calm Down Boris by Sam Lloyd

    -3D and textured book, with an added feature of a puppet (of Boris) through cut out holes in the pages.
    - Will create a family reading experience; adults can use the puppet to interact with the books and read the narrative together. It adds an extra fun element.
    - Brightly coloured that will easily catch the eye, especially for children of a young age (perhaps up to pre-school)
    - Kinesthetic learners will like this book due to watching the puppet (or using the puppet themselves) to learn the narrative of the story. It build on visual senses, along with sight and feel. Verbal communication can be added through parents speaking the narrative.
    - With all of the additional features, it becomes more than just a story which can be taken on in our designs for further development when it comes to the main brief.
    - We think it is appropriate because it is 'different'. It has used a creative method to communicate with it's target user which we have estimated to be up until the age of 5. It could easily become a child's favourite book due to the added features and family experience it creates.

    The Curious Mind of Young Darwin by 3 different writers (joint collaboration)

    - This book is a lot more advanced, with lots of text (and claims the audience is 8 to 80+). We think that it is still very visual (through quite detailed, hand rendered illustrations that are easy to follow and relate too) with chunks of text.
    - It used graphic information design, simplifying some complex information into smaller chunks.
    - It is interesting because it's based on letters from Charles Darwin (at a young age) so it is at quite a high intellectual level.
    - The book would suite visual learners due to the amount of imagery and text to look at. It probably wouldn't be spoken aloud, so would be a book a child would engage in themselves.
    - The book is age appropriate as it builds on the fact that children want to explore at that age (about 8+).
    - This book aso fits in with the brief with the emphasis on adventure and getting outdoors and features some ideas that could be used for reference.

  4. Tom & Claire


    Giant Book of Cool Stuff by Glen Singleton Published by Hinkler Books

    This book is full of activities, jokes and facts - the kind of book that would keep a child busy and entertained for hours. The format reflects the style of a filer fax.

    The book has underlying kinaesthetic and visual learning methods, the illustrations effectively explain and enhance the idea behind the activities that help and encourage the child to do the 'cool stuff'! Also educating the adults to encourage the kids more.

    The main stimulation in the is book is sight through the detailed and descriptive illustrations and supporting text. Although, the activities within the book will most certainly involve many more senses.

    Yes! The art style is fun and comical yet informative towards the activities. The format allows the book to be easily understood and organised.

  5. Valda and Paulo

    Book: The fantastic four pop-up, MARVEL COMICS and Andy Mansfield, Templar Publishing.

    - Comic book layout with pop-ups, pull tabs and fold outs. The book is in an irregular shape. The text is too small.

    How it enhances the content:
    - The pop-ups could give us a break from all the reading. Help visualise the characters in 3D.

    - If you are a kid and are aware that there are pull tabs hidden in the book, it's going to make you explore and engage more with the book to try and find them.

    List sense that have been stimulated:
    - Practical, because there are pull tabs and pop-ups. The pop-ups and fold-outs make kids engage with it.
    - Visual, its obviously engaged because it's a book, there pictures and complex text.

    Appropriate way to present the book:
    - Paulo. As a kid i didn't like pop-up books because they spoiled the story and the fun. I always found them annoying. they kind of get in the way. But Valda has a different opinion.

    - Valda. I think the pop-up can be very effective and attract kids attention very much. If used right, it can help the learning as well. However, in this case the interactive elements might have distracted the reader from the content and it might not be as well balanced as it could have been.

  6. Irina and Billy

    "White Noise" by David A. Carter
    PUblished by Little Simon

    The content is abstract pop-up artwork, which also has pull-up tabs that create noises. We think the words in the book are more implemented for rhythm rather then meaning. The book is written to be read by an adult rather then a child.

    The book is a combination of auditory, visual and kinesthetic experiences. The first aspect noticed is the visual, as it's very colourful and big, but sound is very important, and also there is a lot to touch and feel.

    We thing the book is appropriate for young ages, because there's no expectations. It's a beautiful book that can spur on a great deal of imagination due to it's creativity and format. We don't think it would suit an older audience because as children grow older they like so start making sense of things.

    "Night, Night, Baby" by Kate Merritt
    Published by Ladybird

    The book is a rhyming lullaby to put a baby to sleep, with simple friendly images of characters and babies. The added features used are lift flaps, and mirrored text plus a large mirrored star on the last page.

    This is clearly for young children, and brings in elements of expectation and anticipation on each spread, as the child can lift the flap with a character's face on to reveal the child underneath. Also, on the last page, the baby can lift the flap to reveal a star shaped mirrored element to reflect an image of themselves.

    This is very visual, due to the colours and patterns/materials used, while hearing is stimulated due to the rhyming story.

    This is a very appropriate way to present this story, and adds another element to the words.

  7. Jess & Nik
    Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder

    A Scanimation Picture Book, Gallop is illustrating and describing the movement of animals for children. Gallop is an interesting title as the book is about a range of different animals moving, from a first glance you could assume the book is based around horses. The title suggests movement, so it does work as it is an exciting title once you take the time to look in depth. The format of the book is a mixture of text and moving images, this is done by adding interactive that mimic the movement of the animals and all the children to visualise the movement, something that would be difficult to explain through text and still images.

    The interactive features create suspense and expectation for the children as they turn each page. The movement of turning the page combines with the moving image and it encourages children to repeat the movement. The images give a visual reference for the children so that they can begin to understand the movement of the animals

    Sight is the main sense used through the interactive moving features as it allows the child to imagine the movement. Sound senses are used in the text by using words like “glippety-gloap-gloap” which can be communicated by somebody else and this describes the noises created from the movement.

    We came to the conclusion that this was an appropriate way to present the content of moving animals as it would be very difficult to explain this through text and still images. And it allows the children to engage and visualise the movement.

  8. Vitor Bernardo & Elaine Treacy

    -Spot's Funtime Drawing (Eric Hill, Frederick Warne)
    -Teaches how to follow lines, to recognise colour. Teaches about association
    of objects in categories, eg: Garden, home etc.
    -The book is a blackboard with chalk, children can use again and again.
    -The chalk and blackboard enhances interaction, kinesthetic, visual learning.
    -Touch and sight, bright colours, simple images. Children get to use chalk.
    -Repetition, it teaches the coordination skills.

    -White Noise (David A. Carter, little Simon)
    -Noisy pop-ups, some of them which can be interacted with.
    -Through sound, touch and sight. It stimulates theses senses, there are pop-ups
    which make sound, and that can be interacted with to make different noises.
    -Visually is good, but the sound is not stimulating.