The Waterhole by Graeme Base

Posted on April 26th, by Liam in AppBooks, Apps, iPad Apps, iPhone Apps. Comments Off on The Waterhole by Graeme Base

The Waterhole by Graeme Base

The Waterhole by Graeme Base is the second app we have produced for The Base Factory.

Upon release, the iPad version was featured on the Australian store.

It reached #1 in iPad Books and #14 overall in the Australian store and was featured on the iPad homepage.

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. Our 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.

Graeme Reads

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. Their silhouettes will appear in the border friezes.

And when you get to the Grand Finale page the counting takes on a whole new dimension!

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.

Hidden Animals

In each artwork there are ten hidden animals that live in that geographical region. Tap a silhouette animal in the border to highlight it then try to find the hidden version in the artwork. The hidden animal will glow and the border animal will transform into full colour. In the Grand Finale, the challenge is to find all the frogs that have gone missing!




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

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 independent review of the iPad app by Digital Storytime is available here.

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



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