This app bursts with crisply photographed flowers, noisy fairy friends—and a shiny slug.
Created to showcase the author’s children’s and garden photography in an interactive way, it plants seeds of promise: Brightly costumed fairies nestle among 20 pages of flora, waiting to be discovered. Tap and hear a range of fairy-isms squeakily narrated by the author’s real-life young daughter (and model for the fairies), Bella: “Oh, a human found me!” “Tee hee, that tickles!” and “Fairies are cool.” The fairies are dressed in color-coded tutus and dresses, and as ladybugs and bees on a couple of screens. The orange fairies play hide-and-seek; the fancy fairies have a tea party among the passion-fruit vines; the hydrangea fairies sound like bells; the sporty fairies slide in the grass; and so on. There is a slight shiny trail on each page, often lost among the busyness, which elicits a slug when tapped. Five drag-and-drop fairy puzzles round out the package. Unfortunately, static garden sound effects, uneven rhythm and rhyme, and the sheer length of the app make tending this fairy garden a bit wearisome, if at times entertaining.
At five or even eight pages, this would have been a cute bagatelle; at 20, it is overindulgence. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)