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by Lindsey Lane & illustrated by Melissa Iwai & developed by PicPocket Books

Age Range: 4 - 6

Pub Date: April 23rd, 2011
Publisher: PicPocket Books

Despite multiple updates, this lightly enhanced version of an epic domestic Quest (print edition: 2005) still needs work.

With heroic effort and unflagging determination, little Emma struggles up a coverlet "mountain," braving successive hazards to wake a "two-headed giant" from a Sleeping Spell… aaaand get pancakes for breakfast. As a child narrator reads slowly and expressively, short lines of text appear and then vanish on each screen of the flowing, richly colored art—unless the audio and (likewise optional) word highlighting are switched off, in which case the later lines never show. Blinks and other inconspicuous animations add subtle movement, and touch-activated sounds include quiet noises from the resident dog and cat and loud comments from Emma—but not the parental snores nor "grumbles" and "roars" of Emma's tummy mentioned in the narrative. The mouthwatering pancake recipe appended would make a fine close, were it not followed by two pages of discussion questions and three more of ads.

Still just a few adjustments away from realizing its full cozy potential. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)