The Waterhole

The Waterhole App for iPad

Building on the great feedback we’ve received for our Animalia App for iPad and iPhone, we are proud and excited to bring you our latest Graeme Base App: ‘The Waterhole’.

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.


- Please Note: the animated read through is optimised for iPad2.

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.

(Keep an eye on the frogs, by the way; as the waterhole shrinks they begin to leave, one by one. If you listen carefully you will hear that they all have their own distinctive call.)

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 that might give you a clue.


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…