Two trips to the farmers market upend a picky eater’s veggie perspective.
Four year-old Terri’s parents are unhappy that she’s such a persnickety eater. She loves sweets of every sort, but the sight of a pork chop and peas does nothing to please. Having had enough, her mother drags Terri to the market, where Charlie the chubby grocer introduces her to a colorful array of characters: Buster Brussels Sprout, who is scared of the dark despite being the son of Courage Cabbage; Bravo Broccoli, who has a microphone-shaped body; Carol Carrot, a spinster who was “left…to stew” at the altar; and a number of other anthropomorphized vegetables. When pranksters Spinach and Sorrel cause the “pea-ramid” of the Fantastic Tumbling Peas to topple, Terri gathers them up to save them from a tragic Dumpster demise. This colorful iPad app features whimsical animations throughout (Buster’s bedtime antics and the Tumbling Peas all askew, for example), original music and sound effects, along with four minigames to help young ones with basic shapes, colors and simple math skills. The story itself simmers a bit too long, with entirely too much text per page at times, and clunky prose rises to the surface: “Here, only the most unfortunate ended up, those who weren’t bought, and were left to wither and wilt sadly on the stand.”
All soups considered, Terri’s veggie adventure is decent fare for patient picky eaters. (Requires iOS 6.1 & up.) (iPad storybook app. 4-8)