Polly’s passion for pancakes is surpassed only by how far her imagination will take her to get the ingredients.
Eight-year-old Polly’s pancake pursuit begins not in the kitchen over a griddle, but in a cave with a pancake-hoarding dragon. Back from the dragon to her woefully stocked pantry, Polly hatches a scheme (or is it a dream?) of an endless, buttery stack of delight come true. Stacked high with whimsical sounds and special effects, and whimsically illustrated by Bonson, the tale is chock-full of most everything an app needs to keep kids coming back for more: 24 pages of interactive fun, reading/narrator options, animated surprises and games. Readers can restock the pantry shelves, tap the menacing vacuum cleaner and see what happens to the family cat, tap the hens and the cow and watch them produce, and much more. But there are a few lumps in this batter. The aforementioned beginning bears little logical connection to the story that follows, the verse is clunky, and imagination runs amok (the idea that using Mum’s credit card over the phone could get Polly what she needs might give adult readers pause).
Still, when whisked together with a lesson in pancake origins and playful narration, this tale of pandemonium turns out not too bad. (iPad storybook app. 4-8)