Teddy's Day (US$3.99) from Auryn Inc. is a lovely and gentle book for very small children, appropriate for ages one and up. It tells the story of a little girl who is on a quest to find out what her teddy bear does all day when she isn't home. She sets up all sorts of traps to catch Teddy, and in doing so, this book brings something new to the exploding world of interactive children's books -- variety. In most books of this type, touching something triggers a short movement, sound or animation, but Teddy's Day is different.
Using a childlike graphic style and bright colors, you never know what you're going to get when you touch an object that, after the page is read by a little girl, is highlighted by colored lines. One really nice and involving part is when the girl says she will stay at home and spy on him. Tapping on the right space changes the page to an interactive coloring book containing a color palette, four sizes of crayons and some other tools. When you draw a picture and tap on a check mark the page reverts, and the newly created picture appears in a previously empty frame in the background. This can be repeated twice, since there are two frames. In another section where the girl is in a tree, tapping on a bird makes it caw, which is pretty standard stuff, but then tapping on any branch of the tree makes the bird fly right to it.