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CINDERELLA by Edward Bryan Kirkus Star


illustrated by Edward Bryan & developed by Nosy Crow

Age Range: 3 - 8

Pub Date: Sept. 13th, 2011
Publisher: Nosy Crow/Candlewick

An enchanting and highly entertaining take on the classic fairy tale.

Nosy Crow’s dynamic adaptation stays close to the traditional yarn in terms of plot and sequence, but a plethora of nuances and interactive elements adds unprecedented depth and pizzazz. In most every scene, the characters can be moved around, flipped and tapped to offer additional dialogue (they are also accompanied by their own background music, giving each a unique sound identity). It seems a little odd that both Cinderella and the prince appear prepubescent (while other characters look more like teens/adults), but somehow it works, perhaps as a commentary on the virtues of childlikeness. Readers can help with a multitude of tasks and are even acknowledged or thanked when having done so. There are simply too many delightful elements and surprises to enumerate, but suffice it to say that a touch-tilt treasure trove awaits curious and persistent little fingers. Child actress Freya Wilson (The King’s Speech) beautifully narrates, and the “read-by-myself” mode allows readers to select the length of time text should appear on the screen. There’s a bonus for iPad 2 users, as the front-facing camera activates in certain scenes and places the reader’s image in a mirror in the room (the stepmother even acknowledges it).

A magical masterpiece that hits the technological and artistic bull's-eye. (iPad storybook app. 3-8)