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Yellow Submarine

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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...more
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published July 22nd 2004 by Candlewick (first published 2000)
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Brad
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...more
Dutch
I read this on my iPad, and it is the most fun, interactive book I've read. Sure, I know the story, and saw the movie, but getting to use a touch screen to add to the uniqueness of it all is something that pleasantly surprised me. But then again, it IS the Beatles, and the film was psychedelic enough that it should come as no shock in the age of iPads that the boom turned in to more. I went back and reread it a few times just to feel eight years old again and sit and play with the pictures while...more
Nicolo Yu
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...more
Carol
Aug 15, 2008 Carol rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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
Mariel
Nov 07, 2010 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
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).
Zöe Yu
Worth reading ! It's a book when I read it I imagine I were reading it with my kids !!! It's fun and you 've got a lot of videos. Also it makes you think Blue is one evil color against pepper land, but I love Smurfs they are blue too !!! :D

Donalyn
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.
Kanni
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
Valerie
Free iBook....fun and interactive on my iPad!
Nicola Mansfield
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...more
Lafcadio
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...more
Larissa
I have this as an ebook in my iPad, found it for free in the iTunes store a while ago. I started it today and how it's very small, I finished it within a couple of minutes. I'm a Beatles fan, but never watched "Yellow Submarine" so the whole world was new to me, so fresh and awesome! And this book is so interactive, it has so many features... The songs, the videos, the pictures that you can move... I've never read a book like that before. All in all, I felt like it was rushed off most of the tim...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...more
Valerie
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...more
Katrin
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 didn´t 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
Todd Nemet
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...more
Daphne Maatman
It's such a fun story to read. We've been reading it on the iPad and it comes with little clips from the Yellow Submarine movie and with fun things and sounds in the book itself. We thoroughly enjoyed reading this and will definitely read it again in the future!
Maryam
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.
Komuniststar
It's book night so i wanted book that i can read cover to cover fast. And it's ebook so it's something futuristic, so I said to my self let it be. And it was. It was fast and boaring read. I guess i'm not suit for modern day kid.
Erin
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...more
Matti Karjalainen
May 29, 2012 Matti Karjalainen rated it 3 of 5 stars
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...more
Cindy Rella
It's The Beatles, so that pretty much covers it for me. And I may be crazy, but I and my 4 y/o nephew read this interactive version together, for our bonding time! Haha
Michelle
I'm guessing this book was the result of someone's acid trip while listening to the Beatles... Terrible!
SA
Dec 26, 2011 SA rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
Sultan * Baby Mama Smut-a-teer*
Triply book. Read this to carmine. He liked the moving pictures.
Alisha Aprilia
It fits through any ages imagination; an impeccable work.
Scott Harris
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
Jean-claude Boulos
I would rather watch the film.
Celeste
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