23 August 2017

Review & Giveaway: Awesome Interactive Carlton Kids Books


Carlton kids books are very much turning into some of our favourites in this house. They just have so much choice and something to suit everyone. We're definitely a book loving family and the more unusual the better! You can imagine my son's complete joy then when he received three different augmented reality books to review.


The three books received were; iExplore Predators, iExplore The Brain and Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex! All of these books include a special AR app which can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. Before we go any further though I thought I best quickly explain what augmented  reality is. It's basically the integration of digital information into the user's environment in real time. Unlike virtual reality, which creates a totally artificial environment, augmented reality uses the existing environment and overlays new information on top of it. Hence why AR usually uses say an iPad camera to show what would look like an object in your room/world around you which wouldn't normally be there.


Each book has it's own intriguing topic so all very different and interesting. Logan wanted to start with the Jurassic World book and after downloading the app onto his iPad we got straight to it. As you can see from the photos there's plenty of reading on each page and some pages have a special AR Activation Page. This means you open the downloaded App, follow the instructions then scan the special Activation Page box and as if by magic a dinosaur will appear on screen and looks like it's in the room with you. My son was totally thrilled with this and spent a good hour flicking through the book and interacting with each AR opportunity. Once he had got to grips with that he then went back and started to read through the pages.


Logan did this with each book as the thought of being able to access AR was really entertaining for him and it put a different spin on what a normal book would usually be. Adding in AR definitely makes a book more exciting and brings it to life right in front of your very eyes. Both the Predators and The Brain books were equally as exciting and fascinating for Logan with the brain scanner allowing you to see what your brain would look like, and the Predators allowing a rattle snake to strike out at you.


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I was sent these 3 books in return for an honest review.

112 comments on "Review & Giveaway: Awesome Interactive Carlton Kids Books"

emma walters on 23 August 2017 at 15:45 said...

i think my eldest would love the brain book best :)

Solange said...

Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex.

jade on 25 August 2017 at 10:08 said...

The Jurassic World book

abbyed33 on 25 August 2017 at 12:44 said...

definitely the dinosaur one

Kim Neville on 27 August 2017 at 00:14 said...

My son would like Explore the brain

mellysocks on 27 August 2017 at 01:05 said...

The Brain.

Jodie Green on 28 August 2017 at 21:22 said...

The Jurassic World book, son would love it

Clare Hubbard on 29 August 2017 at 20:16 said...

The Jurassic world book

LeilaB on 30 August 2017 at 00:19 said...

iExplore The Brain and Jurassic World Special Edition will be my son choice

Tracy Nixon on 3 September 2017 at 13:34 said...

The Jurassic world book

Unknown on 3 September 2017 at 18:49 said...

I think predator

Fiona said...

I think iExplore The Brain would be my daughter's favourite

leiajulie on 3 September 2017 at 20:31 said...

explore the brain

stuart hargreaves on 3 September 2017 at 20:33 said...

The brain is ideal for them

Kaypmumof3xx on 3 September 2017 at 20:41 said...

The Jurassic world one looks amazing

Kay Sherman

Amanda Hart said...

Predator

AngloSicula on 3 September 2017 at 20:58 said...

These look amazing!

Adrienne McGroder said...

I have 2 boys and I think one would like the Jurassic World one best, and the other The Brain! xx

Zoe G on 3 September 2017 at 23:04 said...

The Predators, my son would love it

NuttyMummyof3 on 4 September 2017 at 11:26 said...

the Jurassic World book looks awesome

Anonymous said...

Margaret Clarkson
Predators, it looks really great

Splodge on 4 September 2017 at 13:30 said...

Jurassic World

Unknown on 4 September 2017 at 13:48 said...

the jurassic world book x

tnatwo1961 on 4 September 2017 at 18:18 said...

Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex! is my childrens kind of book

amy bondoc on 4 September 2017 at 18:19 said...

my nephew would love the jurrasic world book x

Anonymous said...

The Brain, educational and fascinating.

Rachel Craig

Alice Dixon on 4 September 2017 at 18:53 said...

The Jurassic world, my son loves dinosaurs

Kim M said...

Predator I think x

lozzle on 4 September 2017 at 20:07 said...

The Jurassic World book

Unknown on 4 September 2017 at 20:12 said...

iExplore Predators, definitely

lucyrobinson on 4 September 2017 at 20:26 said...

My daughter would love the brain book.

angela treadway on 4 September 2017 at 22:50 said...

Jurrasic world one x

Isis1981uk on 5 September 2017 at 20:09 said...

My son would love the dinosaur book!

clairew137 on 5 September 2017 at 21:21 said...

Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex!

Unknown on 5 September 2017 at 21:59 said...

dinosaurs without a doubt

Ruth Harwood on 6 September 2017 at 09:54 said...

The Predators xx

Unknown on 6 September 2017 at 11:39 said...

I think he would like The Brain as he is fascinated by everything we as humans can do

helen tovell said...

I think my daughter would be most interested in the iExplore The Brain one

sarahkatefielding on 7 September 2017 at 01:08 said...

The Jurassic world book

sunshinewey on 7 September 2017 at 10:52 said...

Explore the brain

N. Turner on 7 September 2017 at 18:14 said...

My niece would love the Jurassic World book!

Leanne W on 7 September 2017 at 22:52 said...

Jurassic World

sallyc06 on 8 September 2017 at 08:02 said...

Alexander would love Predator!

Unknown on 8 September 2017 at 11:22 said...

iExplore Predators in augmented reality should be amazing. x

adeinne tonner on 8 September 2017 at 16:56 said...

I think it would be the jurassic world book out of them all.

Lynn Neal on 8 September 2017 at 17:02 said...

Jurassic world will be the favourite!

mandydave3@gmail.com on 8 September 2017 at 23:28 said...

I think my boys would like the dinosaur book most

jo liddement on 9 September 2017 at 15:07 said...

The Jurassic World book would be perfect for my son.

clairdownham on 9 September 2017 at 15:16 said...

my son would love predator

gothlass88 on 9 September 2017 at 15:52 said...

the predator one would be fab

Unknown on 9 September 2017 at 23:14 said...

Predator probably

shirlz51 on 10 September 2017 at 21:35 said...

The dinasaur book would be well loved.

Hannah Igoe on 11 September 2017 at 19:38 said...


jurassic world looks so good!

Unknown on 12 September 2017 at 11:39 said...

jurassic world

Unknown on 13 September 2017 at 16:54 said...

Jurassic World with the dinosaurs

kim on 14 September 2017 at 11:00 said...

My daughter would love the Predators for sure, but I think my twin boys would just love the Jurassic World book

Unknown on 14 September 2017 at 20:25 said...

The brain sounds interesting (@PeanutHog)

Melissa Lee on 14 September 2017 at 21:02 said...

I think the Predators book would be the favourite

Susan B on 15 September 2017 at 04:25 said...

The eldest wants to be a brain surgeon when she grows up so would love The Brain book.

Marie Rungapadiachy on 15 September 2017 at 23:15 said...

My daughter would absolutely adore the Brain book

Meryl Thomas on 16 September 2017 at 13:50 said...

Jurassic World - my son is mad about dinosaurs

Victoria Prince on 16 September 2017 at 16:23 said...

Definitely the Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex!

Trinimamabebe on 16 September 2017 at 21:45 said...

My son would love the predetor

Erica Hughes on 17 September 2017 at 10:08 said...

The Brain book.

Unknown on 17 September 2017 at 10:20 said...

The Jurrasic world

katie w on 17 September 2017 at 16:56 said...

has to be the Jurassic World

Donna caldwell on 17 September 2017 at 17:47 said...

My daughter would love predators

pyramidblaster on 17 September 2017 at 20:07 said...

I think it would be the jurassic world book out of them all.

sheridarby on 17 September 2017 at 20:23 said...

My son would like Predator best

KJ1986 on 17 September 2017 at 20:25 said...

My son would love the iExplore Predators book.

nelliedean on 17 September 2017 at 20:27 said...

I think my grandson would like the iExplore Predators best

greigspencer on 17 September 2017 at 21:31 said...

the Jurassic World book looks awesome for my nephews

Unknown on 17 September 2017 at 21:37 said...

Jurassic World book

Paula T said...

The brain book looks super cool x

Rich Tyler on 18 September 2017 at 00:50 said...

Jurassic World book - he loves dinosaurs!

sidwales on 18 September 2017 at 01:16 said...

Explore The Brain

Adrian Bold on 18 September 2017 at 02:49 said...

The Jurassic World book!

beaudids on 18 September 2017 at 08:27 said...

Predators

WeeWillieWilkie on 18 September 2017 at 09:51 said...

Jurassic World Book

Craig Austin on 18 September 2017 at 10:08 said...

my eldest would love them

Unknown on 18 September 2017 at 10:55 said...

My niece loves her dinosaurs so it would have to be Jurassic World

Cat Williams on 18 September 2017 at 11:03 said...

My little boy would love the Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex book. He and his Daddy are both obsessed with dinosaurs

ian cheyne said...

The Jurassic World book

Michaela Campbell said...

My kids would love any of them but I think Jurassic World Special Edition: From DNA to Indominus Rex would go down best :-)

Unknown on 18 September 2017 at 11:37 said...

iExplore The Brain.......fascinating!

Nick Q said...

My daughter would like dinosaurs the best.

susantrubey on 18 September 2017 at 13:49 said...

The brain

carol boffey on 18 September 2017 at 14:42 said...

jurrassic world

emilia nastaly-howard on 18 September 2017 at 18:07 said...

Must be "the brain"

Patricia Avery on 18 September 2017 at 18:35 said...

From DNA to Indominus Rex :)

Unknown on 18 September 2017 at 19:22 said...

Jurassic World

Unknown on 18 September 2017 at 20:09 said...

explore the brain

Alex T on 18 September 2017 at 20:38 said...

My son would love the Brain book (Alex telford)

Emmamaryd on 18 September 2017 at 21:26 said...

The dinosaur book

Robyn Clarke on 18 September 2017 at 21:49 said...

My daughter would love Jurassic World, shes dinosaur mad!

twinlay06 on 18 September 2017 at 21:57 said...

The Jurassic World, grandson would love this I'm sure

Abbie on 19 September 2017 at 00:58 said...

My youngest would like Explore The Brain

Danielle on 19 September 2017 at 07:35 said...

I think my little boy would like the Jurassic World book the most

kez on 19 September 2017 at 10:08 said...

great books to get my childs interest and imagination.

kez on 19 September 2017 at 10:11 said...

Jurassic World

snarepuss on 19 September 2017 at 10:17 said...

my son would love Jurassic World

Tammy neal on 19 September 2017 at 10:59 said...

Jurassic world

Diana on 19 September 2017 at 11:22 said...

The Jurassic world book :)

HayleyT on 19 September 2017 at 12:38 said...

I think my daughter would love the iExplore the Brain book. She is fascinated by science so this would be perfect for her.

kate knight said...

Jurassic World book

Natasha Mairs - Serenity You on 19 September 2017 at 16:58 said...

My youngest would like the dinosaur book the most

dana said...

Jurassic World

Unknown on 19 September 2017 at 18:54 said...

Jurassic World x x

Unknown on 19 September 2017 at 19:03 said...

My little one would love the Jurrassic World one! :)

sharon martin on 19 September 2017 at 20:46 said...

explore the brain

Natalie Crossan on 19 September 2017 at 22:06 said...

The Jurrasic world

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