Monday, October 10, 2011

Combining the love of books and computers

There are so many gizmos and gadgets popping up in children's books. We have the fun of children's book apps, the amazing technology of pop-up books, the eye-popping thrill of 3D, and so much more. Taking it to another level is DK Publishing with their latest books, 3-D Dinosaur and 3-D Human Body. Kids love books and they love computers, which is why DK is combining the two.

Each of these books offers up the amazing nonfiction we've all come to expect from DK Publishing. There are amazing illustrations, and fun facts throughout, but that's not all. Throughout the books are special activating boxes. When you find these boxes, (and after you download some software for your PC), all you need to do is hold the page up to a webcam attached to your PC, and you'll see amazing 3D digital animations pop up on your screen that illustrate and expand on the ideas presented in the book.

You don't need a webcam to enjoy these books, but if you do, you and your kids will find these books to be so much fun. It does take some time on your part to download the software, and hold the pages up to your webcam, but overall, on a rainy day, you'll find this to be a great way to not only share books with your children, but get them excited about reading. And as for your kids-- I'm sure they will be asking time and again to witness these amazing holographic images. 

Additional Information:
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Publisher: DK Publishing
Source of review copies: Publicist

This post is part of Nonfiction Monday! Nonfiction Monday takes place every Monday as various blogs throughout the kidlitosphere write about nonfiction books for kids and collect them all in one place. This week, check out the Nonfiction Monday roundup at Practically Paradise. To see the entire schedule, please visit the blog of Anastasia Suen.

Disclosure: Some of the books I review are received from publishers , PR agencies, and authors, but it does not sway my opinion of the book.


  1. Hi Lori! This looks very interesting. Do they work on MACs too, not just PCs? Or is the program specifically designed for the PC? I have a feeling that this would be one way through which my daughter would enjoy these facts even more. Thanks for the recommendation.

  2. Myra-

    These books were interesting. They did offer software for MACS, too, so it should work for you! I think your daughter would love it. It takes a little while to set up, but once you do, it's fun. My boys really got a kick out of it!

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