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The Heart and the Bottle for iPad

By HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

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A remarkable new interactive picture book for iPad from award-winning picture book star Oliver Jeffers.

Explore like never before the story of a girl whose life was filled with all the wonder of the world around her. Then one day something occurred that caused the girl to take her heart and put it in a safe place…

Just explore the scenes with your finger to bring them to life!

“My 3-year old daughter loves my iPad, and she’s going to love this. It’s delicious!”
Helena Bonham-Carter

“A feat in modern picturebook-making.”

#### Features ####
- Press HINTS at the top of each page to discover beautiful interactions
- Press the audio icon at the top of each page to hear the book read to you by Oscar winning actress Helena Bonham Carter
- Sprout flowers with the touch of a fingertip
- Turn a quiet scene into a flurry of snow by giving the device a shake
- Draw in the sand and paint a picture
- Turn day to night with the swipe of a finger, and much much more…

Languages: English
Requirements: Compatible with iPad

This edition published in 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

First published in Great Britain in 2010 by HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Text and illustrations © Oliver Jeffers 2010
Concept and development © Bafta award winning digital agency Bold Creative 2010

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Customer Reviews


The Heart and the Bottle is a great story illustrated beautifully. The app that brings the story to life has turned something wonderful into an amazing reading experience. The story narration is a plus and the fact that each page offers a variety of interactive activities gives the story a very original feel.

My daughters (9 and almost 3) simply loved the app and spent almost 30 minutes on it the first time they saw it. They had read the book already but found the interaction with the story quite fun. Interestingly, they were able to discover the features of the app without much help. My oldest daughter found the tips section really helpful and my youngest simply followed her sister. The only difficult part was turn-taking! It might be great to create these apps with multi-touch support and allow two or more kids read and play with the story at the same time!


This app is absolutely dreadful. The animation is poor, the interactive elements are not engaging at all and the quality of the download is lamentable. It offers a very ponderous experience for kids. On top of that, I found frequent dropout, unexplained pauses and jagged lines of interference across the screen. I deleted the app from my iPad with the intention of downloading it again to see if it worked any better. Unfortunately - unlike with iTunes music and movies - I'm being asked to pay another £3.99 in order to reinstall something I've already paid for. Most annoying. All told this has been a dreadful experience. I wanted to give it zero stars but apparently that's not an option. Avoid this app - there are numerous better ones out there and the Oliver Jeffers Lost and Found film, which is delightful, is only £2.49 on iTunes and is 24 minutes long. Buy that instead.

Something Different and Quite Lovely

This is not your average picturebook app. There is so much more than meets the eye, and each scene rewards exploration. It's visually gorgeous, and the interaction is intelligent and delightful. I missed lots of little things first time round, and have been surprised ovre and over again at the charm and detail of some of the elements.

One word of advice to all - use the HINTS buttton at the top of the screen to really get the most out of this wonderful reading experience.

The Heart and the Bottle for iPad
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  • £4.49
  • Category: Books
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 82.2 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPad.

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