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by Karen Katz, illustrated by Karen Katz, developed by Random House Digital

Age Range: 2 - 5

Pub Date: June 30th, 2011
Publisher: Random House Digital

An interactive toddler book for those with a penchant for princesses, this offers something between a picture book and a play date (complete with naptime).

On the home screen, readers can choose from four ethnically diverse princesses to "play with." The chosen princess coaches readers through playtime, with lots of encouragement and giggling as they manipulate toys such as blocks, a ball, teddy bear with bottle and even a cat to pat. Speaking with a baby voice directly to viewers, she says things like, "You are fun to play with," and asks the user to "touch my nose," etc., responding appropriately each time. This direct interaction from the main character and the lack of printed text make it feel more like a game than a book. An introduction for the youngest, first-time iPad users, this app features simple interactions designed to develop motor skills for the touch screen, offering gentle prompts when needed. Katz's signature sweet, simple illustrations feature nearly perpetually beaming faces, and a constantly slipping crown adds a bit of personality.

Whether parents are comfortable with the pervasive princess theme for girls is, well, in their court. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)