Wednesday, 12 March 2014

GDES3004: Added Features Feedback - Session Task

Please add your comments in line with the session task (link on R/H side this blog) as 'comments' to this post.

Please format as: (your names) and (book title) first.

  • Describe the content of the title, format of the book and added features used.

  • In relation to the information provided in the Powerpoint (about the way in which children learn), describe how the added features (or format) might enhance the content and engagement of the book for the child.

  • List the senses that have been stimulated and describe how the format / design does 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 to the rest and repeat the above with a different title. 

  • Make sure that you look at a minimum of two titles between you

Do feel free to add additional thoughts and comments if you feel they are relevant.


  1. Hannah Lizzie and Zoe says:

    Gallop by Rufus Butler Seder

    1. It’s a series of animated images that occur during the turning of the page. Each page focuses on a different animal and with a small text sentence – such as “can you gallop like a horse” which asks the child an action. The focus of the book is aimed at kinesthetic based people, in its content of the moving image and also the meaning of the text. Ending in the last two pages, there is a round up of the previously mentioned story.
    2. The moving images demonstrate the specific movements of each animal well and display the specific movements of them.
    3. The senses utilized are visual and auditory (rhythm of the sounds of animals)
    4. These methods are appropriate to the content, however some of them are tricky to visual interpret due to the nature of the black and white stripes as part of the animation.

    Big Cook, Little Cook Big Cook’s Cookbook
    1. The added features include wipe clean pages, spiral bound for easy turning, and the fold out stand to enable it to be read during cooking process. Pages are bright. The background imagery sets the theme or scene of the recipe content.
    2. The fold out flap stand enables easy to continue working on the cooking stages without having to pick up the book with messy hands, or prevents it having to lie flat on messy table.
    3. The senses stimulated are visual, for the layout of the sections of the text help to zone the eye, and bold contrasting shades define different sections of the areas to read such as the ingredients.
    4. This seems the appropriate way to put the message across as the bright and bold layout aids understanding of the stages. Also the visual attention to detail in tying in the images to the text, bridging the understanding through

  2. Rachel McCourt & Martha Ives

    Calm Down, Boris

    Added content is a plush puppet that is stuck through the middle of the book, so it is featured on every page. It is brightly coloured and furry so encourages the children to stroke and engage in play with the character. The story features the character going to different places, and the puppet can be used by both parent and child. The words encourage interaction with the puppet - ‘let’s stroke his fur to make him feel better.’
    Touch is the main sense used for this book due to the fluffy texture of the puppet. We think this is an appropriate way to present the content as the content always refer to the texture ‘brush his hair’ ‘tickly kisses’. Other senses include sight as the pages are quite stylized and detailed with others objects and characters to find. The main plush puppet is only the mouth part of the character, his eyes, arms and legs are illustrated so he has different expressions and body language on each page. The book can be considered a toy as well as book so children can enjoy it over and over.

    Fantastic Four Pop-Up

    Unique shape of book, shiny printed sections of front cover and pages. Follows format of a comic book but with pop-ups. Every page has a pop-up, pull-out or flap which would entertain the children for longer and they can play around with the book more. Senses that have been stimulated are touch and sight. The shiny sections, flaps and pop ups can be touched and the pop-ups are engaging to look at also. The pages are quite detailed with lots of image and text which is also visually engaging. We think the pop-ups are appealing to a younger audience and are presented well, but it is very text heavy and the text is quite small so this might not be suitable for the younger children. We also think that the pop-ups are delicate so again might not be suitable for a younger child unless it is read with an adult.

  3. Leigh and Bec. Reading Rosie's Walk and the Curious Mind of Young Darwin

    Rosies Walk by Pat Hutchins
    The adult focuses on the text whereas the children has more of a focus on the image. What is said in the text doesn’t necessarily correspond with the imagery so the children knows what’s happening before the adult giving them power. Rhythmical layout, there is text on every other page. Very short narrative, to engage the children a little bit more. There’s more information in the image than in the text so the children don’t necessarily need for the adult to read it to them. The minimal amount of text forces the adult to make the text sound a little bit more engaging. Otherwise the adult would talk too fast. The images are very bright and colourful and have a sub story within the narrative.
    I like the approach because the fox has an obvious personified approach and the children engage well with the sub-narrative of him trying to catch the hen. The image has a fluidity in the negative way and the way that it travels the eye. Despite the fact that the book is 40 years old it’s aged remarkably well, the florescent colours are bright and airy but the background, more specifically the flowers are severely out dated and just look old.

    The Curious Mind Of Young Darwin – Randal Keynes
    For ages 8-80 and is more targeted at boys as it points out creepy crawlies and the grossness of nature. It’s more of an informative book that also gives a little lesson in history although the layout is more interesting than a typical history book. It’s very scrapbook-esque in the illustrations which change throughout the novel. It goes from info graphics , to highly detailed imagery and then back to the negative space that we saw at the beginning of the novel. It’s very informative and gets children to go outside and interact with the outdoors. There’s slight aspects of humour within the illustrations also. It’s educational but adult assistance would be advised to explain words.
    At one point it looks at the density of liquids and their resting point within a cylindrical shape. So looking at what floats and what sinks – treacle against water. Encourages the children to make a mess so the pages are easy wipe, the sine is ring bound and there are blank pages for the child to draw and make notes.
    There are questions asked with a number on the front page which are mirrored by the back page where these questions are answered. The questions are more targeted at a younger audience with eye spy’s located throughout the book.

  4. Polina & Cat: Added Features Analysis / Blog Feedback

    The Fantastic Four Pop Up

    The book is called: "The fantastic four pop up", the format of the book is in a comic book style which relates to the story but uses pop ups, die cutting and pull outs to bring the comic action book to life. Its presentation is very dramatic and bold, uses block poster colours, sticking to the traditional styles of humans but exaggerating features.

    The pop up and pull out features of the book would work well for kinetic learners as they promote interactivity and keep the readers interested for a longer amount of time as a short attention span can often become an issue. The bright colours and layout would be beneficial to visual learners, particularly in this comic book style because of the amount of detail and imagery used on every page. For auditory learners, the visual stimulation allows them to imagine the sounds within the book, and see within their mind the pop up scenes along with the sound effects and onomatopoeic words used, these are accentuated by the size and prominence of the pop ups.

    The senses stimulated by the book are as follows:
    Touch - this sense is encouraged using pop ups and pull outs, the pop ups within the book are also layered so readers are encouraged to look behind and within them. Negative space is also created to encourage exploration of the pop ups.
    Sight - Through bright colour, layout and form. Interesting use of typography.

    'Yes' This is an appropriate way to present the content as it makes the traditional comic interactive and modernised. Transforms a very flat medium, like the comic into something more alive and tangible like a pop up book. The shape itself is also interesting and strong as it can stand up alone.


    This book is called Gallop and is a Scanimation picture book. The format of the book is bold , colourful and easily laid out in terms of font and sizing, text is displayed on one page and imagery on the other making it easily digestible for younger children. The added features used are primarily moving imagery or holograms, these show movement of animals that reacts as the child uses and moves the page. Children are encouraged to explore the image and concentrate on each page captivating their attention.

    For kinetic learners this book would make the children slow down and take in every page of the book using the moving images, the use of a large font encourages focus and understanding of whats going on within the pages.
    For visual learners, bright colours are used and change within each page so children would for example associate green with the cat page. Associating specific colour with specific imagery and remember for future learning.
    For Auditory learners rhythm and repetition are used throughout the book, and the book could possibly be read by an adult while the child explores the moving imagery and learns through listening. Like the previous book it uses onomatopoeic words which auditory learners may be able to associate with and imagine.

    Senses used:
    Touch - Turning of pages to explore moving imagery.
    Sound - When read out by an adult, associating sounds with imagery.
    Sight - Set colour scheme and imagery, interesting unique typeface.

    'Yes' we think this is an appropriate and innovative way to present the information within, 'scanimation' is something I have never experienced, however after several reads maybe the moving images would become boring for young people as the visual movements do not change. Whereas with the previous pop up books there was much more detail to find, learn and explore within the imagery and a child could easily be lost within it for hours.

  5. Chloe and Paulina

    Book picked: If you see a Fairy Ring illustrated by Susanna Lockheart

    The book contains various poems around the subject of fairies. The poems are set out simply on throughout the book with a surrounding illustrations referring the the subject. For added features, as you lift each card page, a second illustration slides into view inside the oval shaped portrait cut-out holes on each large card page.

    The added features enhance the content with a visual element that refers to the poem on the left hand page. The child can locate different elements of the poem in the illustrations and let the child interact with the pages themselves, giving them the control over the story.

    Senses that have been stimulated would be; touch, sight, sounds as the rhyme makes a rhythm. The design implements these senses by the use of creative visual illustrations. The whole feel of the book is quite peaceful. Touch by moving the pages and sound because of the rhythm of the poems.

    Yes we do, because it the target audience is for young girls who are interested in fairies and magic. The content is appropriate because it is easy to use and enjoy. By the imagery explaining the poems the young reader can become part of the story and use their imagination. As the book is about magic, the added feature gives more of a magic touch as it is revealed by the child themselves.

    Book 2 selection - The wonderful wizard of oz by L.Frank Baum and art by Robert Sabuda

    This book is based around the tradition story of the wizard of oz. It is mainly a pop up book, which shows each stage of what happens throughout the story. Added to this you have folded pages of the story to back up the pop up graphics. The additional features is the pop up illustrations themselves, with physical aspects to the story as well.

    These added features make the story more engaging because of the use of pop ups. They are colourful, creative, interesting and explain every part of the story. The features are very physical and hands on, letting the reader become included in the story and letting them place things such as tinted glasses on their faces to change the scenery to what it would be like in the land of OZ. The text itself include the features as they are folded out and hold more pop ups inside, this could be seen as influencing the children to read the text as well and look at the illustrations.

    The senses that have been included are; touch and sight. Touch as you can explore the book with your hands and feel the different textures involved and materials. Sight includes the bright colours and pop up things as they are more personal and close to you. Also added to this again the glasses include greater the element involved being the sense of sight, pulling you into the story.

    The book is appropriate using this format because it makes you want to play with the book and you want to keep going through the book, without the story ending. The illustrations are appropriate and odd which match the theme of the world of OZ itself. The pop ups are a story in themselves.

  6. Maddie & Megan

    'White Noise' by David A. Carter

    The book is called White Noise, and this is the theme of the whole book. It is a pop-up book with added features; paper engineering, pull tabs, pop ups, textures.
    The added features support the title of the book; the interaction on each pages creates the white noise that it talks about. Each page makes the same noise, which is a repetition throughout the book.
    Touch is stimulate on the front cover with the textured white paper elements. The bright colours and pop-ups stimulates sight. The noise created by the movement of the pages stimulates hearing.
    This book is appropriate in presenting the content - it successfully conveys white noise, and it would not be achieved in any other format.

    'If Your See a Fairy Ring' illustrated by Susanna Lockheart

    This book is a compilation of poems. The book is hardback, and has a few added features; paper engineering, pull tabs and flaps.
    The added features engage children by allowing them to interact with the book. Each page is busy with visual elements which allows them to understand the text by reading the pictures.
    It stimulates sight and touch with the use of moving images.
    It is appropriate to the content, as it is about fairies which are hidden away and this hide-and-seek aspect is part of the flaps and moving images.

  7. Task two – Added Features Analysis Task - Amelia Hall

    Book one

    Title of book – The Bedtime Bear (Ian Whybrow and Alex Scheffler)

    Formate of book – Auditory, Visual and Kinaesthetic

    Added features to the book - Traditional Style which fits will in the story. Pull Tabs. Rhymes.

    How the added features (formate) enhance he content and engagement of the book for the child - To read the story the child has to be engaged with the rhymes and pull ups. It’s a game for the child. The whole story line relates to the child going to bed, but in a creative and imaginative way.

    Is it appropriate way to present the content – Yes, as it makes the child fully engaged and happy. A nice flow.

    Book two

    Title of book – Alice in pop-up wonderland (Jotto Seibold’s)

    Formate of book – Visual.

    Added features to the book – Spot UV. Pop up. Pull out.

    How the added features enhance the content and engagement of the book for the child – Younger children would not be able to read all the text as well as all the pop-ups. Older children would find the pop-ups too much, they would like images with text.

    Is it appropriate way to present the content – Typography is not suitable for young children, possible 9-12 years old would be able to read this however they still might struggle without parents help. To many pop ups, it becomes over crowding and too in your face.

  8. Roxy and George :)

    "Pick me up-stuff you need to know" by David Roberts and Jeremy Leslie

    This book uses a hard cover with hologram style 3-d effect cover, It has a info-graphic style using a combination of bold imagery and text. Each page is very different with no specific layout.

    The added feature of the 3-d cover attracts the eye and would be very appealing to children and adults. The cover is quite tactile, (George keeps feeling it!) Sight and touch are both stimulated through reading the book. A sound is created when touching/scratching the cover which is not directly linked to the content however could be said to stimulate the senses again.

    We feel this is an appropriate way to display the content as the massive range of presentation styles create a really interesting and quirky book that is appealing to both children and adults.

    My blue tinker touch book - Bancroft publishing

    The format of the book is: Small, ring bound "touchy feel" book with tactile features on every page, there is a story in the book about two children and questions are asked about the tactile features such as "Is johns hat as soft as the sponge?" (johns cowboy hat is made of a soft material and children are being asked to compare this to a previous tactile material)

    These added features enhance the reading for children as the questions encourage interaction by feeling the materials etc. It is generally enjoyable to feel the surfaces and encourages understanding of surface texture.

    We feel this is an appropriate way to present the content as it would hold the attention of a child who wants to feel the surfaces, combined with questions about those surfaces the book becomes interactive.
    However! This book is very dated and there is an odd feature at the back where despite the rest of the content being about day to day activities, there is a page on santa claus and his "lovely beard" which nowadays may be deemed inappropriate and even in this context doesn't seem to fit.

  9. Joel and Sarah

    The very good dinosaur - Mick Inkpen.. Teaches basic life skills, by relating to children with child based idioms. The pop-up features encourage the children to continue reading to get to the next page, and also allows the parents/adult to interact and hold the childs attention while teaching them. The small ammount of text, coupled with ryhm lets the child read alone or have the adult read aloud to them. Kinetic and visual tactics are deployed which re-enforce the attention grabbing teaching. Works very well for the intended audience.

  10. Rachel Hayes and Anna Williams
    1st Book - PEEKABOO with Spotty Dog


    1) Content of the title - The title indicates that the storyline is going to be a hide and seek story, it includes the character of the Spotty Dog (which as a household pet that Children can relate to). It describes on the front of the book that flaps are going to be used inside, which is like interaction for children.

    2) From the information on the PowerPoint the book could be considered to be visual due to the large quantity of imagery used throughout but mainly Kinesthetic as the flaps provide movement on each of the double spreads. The narrative includes a set of characters that are collected throughout the story.

    3) The senses that have been used here are sight and touch. The sight sense is stimulated through the use of visuals and due to the amount of vast colours that are used. Touch is stimulated through the added features of the book, which in this case are the flaps.

    4) It is an appropriate format to present the content as it is a fun way to display the story. There is an element of surprise in the way that the child has to lift the flaps to find where the animal is hiding. The cover of the book is presented in a child-safe way, this is enhanced by the soft cover and the rounded edges to prevent any damages/accidents. It is an activity for both adult and child, it involves both and there are elements of the book which are designed for both readers.

    2nd Book - The Bedtime Bear

    1) The content of the title explains that it is going to be about a Teddy Bear that is taken with a child to bed. The features are the same again but to a more advanced level (paper mechanics) to help make the book a more interesting read.

    2) In relation to the PowerPoint there is a lot of visual imagery used throughout the book to keep the child's attention on the storyline. Kinesthetic is used again with add on features including pull outs, flaps and a picture wheel. Keeps the child involved in the narrative.

    3) The same senses are used here and are the same as in the first book - sight - due to the quantity of imagery used consistently throughout the book. Plenty of characters for the children to familarise themselves with. Touch - is another aspect of the book as there are a lot of features that the children can involve themselves with (as listed above.)

    4) It is an appropriate way to present the content however it does appear to be a little busy and it is easy to divert attention away from the main narrative. The narrative is also written in rhymes, which is another good way to educate children.