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Building on the great feedback we’ve received for our Animalia App for iPad and iPhone, we are excited to bring you the latest Graeme Base iPhone App: ‘The Waterhole by Graeme Base’.

The original book is an ingenious fusion of counting book, puzzle book, storybook and art book – an exhilarating journey of discovery from the plains of Africa and the jungles of the Amazon to the woodlands of North America and the desert of outback Australia. The App brings Graeme’s wonderful art to digital life with an animated read through and an array of games to challenge and delight kids and adults alike.


Although it can be fun to just read through the book with Graeme, there is a lot more going on behind the scenes.

After Graeme finishes reading each page, count up the animals on each page.

(Keep an eye on the frogs, by the way; as the waterhole shrinks they begin to leave, one by one. If you listen carefully you will hear that they all have their own distinctive call.)

Each illustration is set in a particular geographic location. Can you identify where we are in the world on each page? The original music soundtrack might give you a clue.


Choose your favourite artwork then flip cards to match silhouette and colour animal pairs to reveal the art beneath. You can play solo, against the computer or against a friend. When you finish the puzzle watch the scene beneath bloom into full colour. The puzzles reset differently each time so you will never play the same game twice.


Try to get the red and green frogs from one side of the waterhole to the other. It looks easy but there is definitely a trick to it! Once you’ve mastered the technique with six frogs, try it with eight…


Graeme Base is the internationally acclaimed author of twelve books which have collectively sold in excess of five million copies worldwide. There is a special Anniversary Edition of Animalia to mark the 25th birthday of this classic book complete with a celebratory poster and puzzle challenge. Visit for more information.

An iPad version of 'The Waterhole' is also available that includes an extra game. Search 'Waterhole' on the Appstore.

iPad and iPhone versions of ‘Animalia’ are also available. Search ‘Animalia’ on the Appstore.


This app DOES NOT include social media links. game centre integration, in-app purchases, advertising, push notifications or any tracking of user data or analytics.

This app DOES include links (on the info page) to the external websites of AppBooks, Graeme Base and his book publishers.


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The Waterhole by Graeme Base
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  • USD 1.99
  • Category: Books
  • Released:
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 179 MB
  • Language: English
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Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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