BACK TO THE STARS by Innopage

BACK TO THE STARS

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Age Range: 14 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

Despite its sketchy description in the app store, this is not the story, The Little Prince, but rather an interactive essay on the meaning of the Saint-Exupéry classic.

Perhaps much has been lost in translation, but this is clearly not meant for children. (Arguably, neither was the book, but it has so often been used with children that it has become part of the canon.) The first two pages ramble on with a seemingly personal overview of the main themes in the source story. This is followed by an interactive page on which readers can tap on each character to see a paragraph explaining its symbolism and function in the story; for instance, the snake is described as "carefree... Being a hedonist, he won't say no to anything or any of his lovers." A verse story of sorts follows, pondering love, loss, sadness and hope; it is rather too despairing (not to mention incoherent) for children to get much enjoyment from. It is juxtaposed to the whimsical signature illustrations of Chocolate Rain Design. The text is not narrated; instead, a melancholy folk song that riffs on some of the key lines plays throughout, and it all comes to a conclusion with a final page of essay in which readers are admonished that "the stories told during the Journey are messages."

Readers who make it this far will find happy little e-postcards designed by Chocolate Rain Designs that they can send to friends—but not, perhaps, with a recommendation to buy this app. (iPad storybook app. 14 & up)


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Pub Date: June 27th, 2011
Publisher: Innopage
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2011