A princess and dragon learn manners in a pleasant-enough medieval adventure.
Princess Rosalind and Sparkler the Dragon have such terrible table manners that the Queen threatens to banish the dragon unless they find “Good Manners” in just three days. Percival the wizard helps them on their journey by instructing the Princess in how to correctly grasp a magic fork stuck in a rock. Thus begins a tongue-in-cheek Arthurian adventure in which the duo completes challenges that deal mainly with table manners but also with “magic words” and kindness toward others. Engaging graphics, slurping and burping sound effects and a smattering of animation and interactivity will appeal to kids and grownups alike, though they cannot conceal the essentially didactic nature of the effort. The words are highlighted as the narrator (attempting a British accent with mixed results) speaks, helping early readers follow along with the text. Each page has a touch button that opens up a boxed scroll featuring additional etiquette history and trivia. Some tips—“You wait [to eat] until the host says you may begin or if your host begins to eat”—are helpful, while others—“You get in and out of your chair on the right side”—are likely to confirm Rosalind’s disdain for etiquette.
Grownups on a quest to teach youngsters table manners will enjoy this app (probably rather more than the children it is aimed at, though). (iPad storybook app. 3-8)