WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR by Darren Cranford


Storybook 1
From the "Peggy's Little Harbour" series, volume 1
Age Range: 3 - 7
Available on the App Store
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A saccharine tale about a little girl and her animal friends is further marred by inharmonious narration.

Peggy and her dog, Droolie, a Newfoundland, live with her grandmother in a lighthouse in a small town by the ocean. Peggy wants to do something nice for Nanny, so she and Droolie head off to the blueberry patch to pick her some blueberries. There, they meet a beaver whose home has been crushed by a fallen tree. Peggy plays a violin to call her animal friends—a puffin, moose, lynx and bear—to use their various abilities to help the beaver, and then they all help Peggy pick blueberries. Peggy and her grandmother look like appealing little Lego figures, with squarish heads and bodies that look like they’ve been assembled with small plastic pieces. The illustrations have a 3-D effect that is enhanced when the screen is tilted. The fiddle music is lively and enjoyable, but the text and narration are painful, with a jerky cadence and forced volume. Additional effects are limited to animations and sound effects for the characters. Extras include “Peggy’s Theme Song” and a short video that is much more appealing than the main app story.

The fiddle music is just about the only element in tune in this humdrum effort. (iPad storybook app. 3-7) 



Pub Date: March 7th, 2012
Publisher: Keyframe Digital Productions
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 15th, 2012