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Yellow Submarine

3.88  ·  Rating Details ·  863 Ratings  ·  120 Reviews
A whole new generation will be climbing aboard this sunny, psychedelic storybook, while nostalgic Beatles fans of all ages will be clamoring for a ticket to ride.

Once upon a time (or maybe twice), some 80,000 leagues beneath the sea, there lay a colorful land of song and laughter called Pepperland, where Sergeant Pepper's Band was always playing your song — until the Blue
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Candlewick (first published 2000)
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Jan 06, 2012 Brad rated it liked it
Shelves: children
I read this most recently with my kids. We were all crowded together on the lower bunk bed, heads all touching, looking up at my tiny iPod screen, and that was by far the most enjoyable part of the experience -- that pressure when people who love each other press their heads together.

The book in its iPod form just blows. In the move to high-tech hypertextuality, the kooky, trippy, wacky joy of Yellow Submarine is gone.

We didn't read it, and I didn't have a chance to be silly and deliver energy
Nov 07, 2010 Mariel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Jeremy Hillary Boobies
Recommended to Mariel by: a giant submarine sandwich
I bought this with the mental excuse of giving it to my little nieces. It might be still sitting on my own bookshelves... *coughs* (The ghosts of Christmas past, present and future might wanna stop by my house this year.) It's cute just like the movie. I love it when Ringo says he's a "born lever puller". Like Liverpool, get it? I wanna pull levers every chance I get (instead of pushing buttons).
Aug 15, 2008 Carol rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Beatles fans wanting to introduce the Beatles to their kids
Recommended to Carol by: found it at the store; how could I resist?!
Shelves: childrens
I would give this book three stars, but Beatrice would give it five, so I split the difference. I think I've read it to her a hundred times (at least!)

The illustrations and all are straight from the Beatles movie as is the message "All you need is Love" (which Bea wonders around singing the day after we read it). The Blue Meanies have invaded Pepperland, freezing all the love and music. The Captain travels by yellow submarine to Liverpool where he picks up Ringo, George, John and Paul, who retu
Nicolo Yu
Feb 09, 2014 Nicolo Yu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks
I only attempted to read but I really couldn't finish it since the iBooks app I read it with kept on crashing in my iPad.

My impression on it was that the art was trippy for children's book. This wasn't an ordinary ebook though. It had clips from the animated movie embedded and the illustrations was animated. The Beatles talked funny though, since they couldn't resist dropping titles of their songs in their dialogue.

I really would have wanted to finish this but I couldn't stand the constant crash
Andrew Lennon
Dec 26, 2014 Andrew Lennon rated it really liked it
I got this book for free from iTunes. At that price it's a hell of a bargain!

This was more of an interactive comic rather than a book.
The story, I knew anyway from the movie, was trippy as hell, but it's still funny.
My daughter and I read this together and we both enjoyed it. I'd say the story is probably closer to three stars, but the interactive bits and the little video clips bumped it up to a four.
Nicola Mansfield
Jun 03, 2012 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reason for Reading: I love The Beatles and couldn't resist this homage to the fantastic film and song "Yellow Submarine".

Well, what can I say. If you loved the animated film you'll delight in this picture book. The plot of the book is a very condensed version of the film's plot, keeping the main idea but leaving out many sideplots. It *is* only 40 pages. The book's main glory is in it's illustration taken from/based on that of the film. I think parents/grandparents will be buying this one for th
Connor Robertson
This interactive eBook features both video and audio clips from the movie it's based on, and allows the reader to interact with the characters. The imagery in the book assists the psychedelic storyline, and the book is full of witty word play ("The first time I saw that nobody," said Ringo proudly, "I knew he was a sombody."). Yellow Submarine inspires to expand our minds and challenges our imaginations in the most fun way possible. And most importantly, it teaches us about forgiveness and that ...more
Apr 02, 2015 Emanuella rated it liked it
Гледах интерактивната версия в iBooks (уж е книга, ама не е), която сама се чете, разлиства страниците си, има анимации, клипчета, песнички и игри на думи. Седиш и наблюдаваш халюцинациите на Бийтълс, изтрещяла работа! :D
While I enjoyed this picture book version of the Yellow Submarine as a time machine peek at my childhood, I'm not sure how it will play with today's readers.
Jan 07, 2013 Valerie rated it it was amazing
Free and interactive on my iPad!
Alexandr Iscenco
Dec 01, 2016 Alexandr Iscenco rated it liked it
Nice and cute little story with the Beatles and their songs in the focus.
The interactive version has the classic songs of the band to enjoy.
Carlos Farias
Jan 12, 2017 Carlos Farias rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2017books
Tem que viajar muito na maionese para conceber (e para gostar) desta publicação...
Dec 30, 2016 róisín rated it really liked it
I didn't even read this ironically, I read it cause I like The Beatles and it turned out to be quite good...
It's been long enough since I read this that I don't remember whether I read the movie or saw the book first. (That wasn't quite what I meant to say...but it fits).

I do know that I read (or experienced) the book long before I ever saw any Monty Python sketches. It's an odd sort of hybrid--a very visual experience, but in book form, with some text. I remember being enchanted by it. I particularly liked the Liverpudlian accents. I'd heard the Beatles talk, of course, and could supply the sound of
Jan 29, 2016 Lafcadio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that my reading comprehension level is pretty high. I would also say that my tolerance for the whimsical and the weird is pretty high. I would also say that my appreciation for The Beatles is pretty high. I would also say that my general enjoyment of children's picture books is pretty high.

And yet, this book is terrible. There are lots of interactive bits and things that move, but that might be all this book has going for it. The interactive bits and things that move don't really add
Todd N
Jan 23, 2012 Todd N rated it did not like it
I won't waste your time or mine restating my Beatles bona fides. You can read my other reviews and check my book list for that.

This was a free download that Apple made available from their book store. I had to check it out, and it was about what I expected: a combination of the worst aspects of (1) The Beatles in post-Epstein, contractual obligation mode and (2) a children's book in dopey lesson mode.

Skip the download and make up your own Beatles story for your kids. Here are a few suggestions t
Erin Lynn
This was another free book on the iBooks Store.

It was also a book that I attempted downloading when I got my iPod touch. It never wanted to cooperate, though. Instead, I waited, and I finally decided to give it another chance to download onto my brand new MacBook. It worked!

Yellow Submarine is fully of witty references to Beatles songs, and if you read it on the iBooks store on your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad, it is interactive. You can click on the many creatures and people in the book and the
Matti Karjalainen
May 29, 2012 Matti Karjalainen rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Beatles-fanit ja heidän jälkikasvunsa
Siniset ilkiöt valtaavat valtaavat musiikkia rakastavan Pippurimaan, mutta onneksi kapteeni Fred pääsee pakoon Keltaisella sukellusveneellään ja kutsuu joukon pitkätukkaisia liverpoolilaisia muusikoita apuun. Ja kuinka sitten käykään?

Vuonna 1968 valmistuneeseen Beatles-animaatioon "Yellow Submarine" (Walker Books, 2004) perustuva kuvakirja viehättänee kaikkia beatlemaanikkoja, mutta mikseipä happoisen psykedeelinen värikäs tarina voisi lapsiinkin upota.

Ilmeisesti kirja on ollut aikaisemmin saata
Dec 26, 2011 SA rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
Another iPad book. Super interactive--it had a number of little videos embedded in the picture book, which had the effect of introducing a new generation to Sgt. Pepper and the Beatles. It could have benefited from putting a few more bits in there--in the Charlie Brown book there were some games and interactive things that engaged you even further in what you were reading--but on the whole it was a charming adaptation of the well-loved picture book, and acts as a great example for what can be do ...more
Bonnie Gleckler Clark
I initially downloaded this book from iTunes for my granddaughters who are 7 and 10 years old. Being the good grandma that I am I decided after I downloaded it I better preview it first.
This is a fun book. Being able, through Kindle or your other reading app, to touch moving objects on each and every page and listen to and watch little video clips makes for a very interesting, colorful book and read. At the end, one is given a selection of 13 of The Beatles songs and you're able to listen to pa
Feb 17, 2014 Kanni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a really cute book that's slightly animated. The iBook version is like a pop up book with some moving parts. I only viewed it on my iPod, but I bet it looks amazing on a computer or iPad. It's even programmed to read automatically while highlighting the words as it goes and the narrator, very fittingly, is British. I might not be a kid anymore, but this is still pretty amusing and well executed. Of course, being that it's Apple, they plug the soundtrack right into the book and make a lis ...more
Scott Harris
Mar 21, 2012 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
Like many others, I read through this one as the highly interactive, video and animation rich version was issued as a free book by Itunes. While the story and overall tone are thinly veiled 1960s truism wrapped in either, as one person put it, a Monty Python-esque presentation, or a drug inspired altered reality. It seemed thin on actual lessons for children - all you need is love perhaps and music haters are bad people. This book is more of a cultural artifact than anything and speaks to the po ...more
Aug 05, 2015 Mohit rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I totally love such books, I'm so pleasantly surprised to find such an ebook on my ipad, the whole music and narration and animated figures make this one special book. God, just imagine the possibilities with such a medium.
so the blue meanies have taken over this cool imagination land in the beatles tripped out book of color and lucy figurines. the beatles come to the rescue, holding the key to the enemy, and pretty much everyone.
the key being, all you need is love. love, is all you need
Sep 08, 2008 Celeste rated it liked it
Shelves: childrens
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Katie H
Dec 25, 2011 Katie H rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing
Okay, this is a picture book I got for free. It's cute alright, but... I don't know, I wish it was something that wasn't just a retelling of the story.

Can't we have something new? :( I could have just rewatched the movie... I don't know. I probably shouldn't complain about books Itunes gave out for free.
Donald Armfield
Dec 27, 2011 Donald Armfield rated it it was amazing
found this at the local library while looking with my kids for our weekly reading. Read it too my kids then one more time for myself. As a fan of the Song I had to read the book. I have never seen the movie or cartoon but if it has the same little wise craking jokes that Ringo makes, then tell me where to pick it up...5 STARS
Dec 26, 2012 Arcadia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I expected this to bring back more nostalgia than it did (I saw the film when I was a kid).
The interaction of the iBook format was cute and it was all very colourful and laced with sound, but all in all it's nothing I'll come back to.

Kids these days might like the combination of text and technology, but if I ever wanted to introduce a kid to the Beatles, I'd choose a different way, I guess.
Jun 07, 2015 Katrin rated it really liked it
what a funny little psychedelic book! another one of the books i finally can read since we have mavericks at work :D not all the animations were working on the computer, but that didnt matter. it was a fun little read. all the songs of the beatles kept popping into mind now and all the colours and and the cheery tune made me smile :) also i did love the reference to the university of wales. haha ...more
Sep 07, 2014 Maryam rated it liked it
This has got to be one of the most random, interesting books. The interactive element alone is worth the read and makes the whole thing very special. If you have children, download the book (it's free on the iPad!) and bond away. Super fun.
Jun 09, 2012 Michelle rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
The story itself is really strange and I'm not sure I liked it all that much, but I read it on my iPad and being able to interact with everything was really cool. I wish this had been around when I was a kid. I would have loved reading even more!
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“The first time I saw that nobody,” said Ringo proudly, “I knew he was a somebody!” 8 likes
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