THE PENELOPE ROSE HD by Mobad Games

THE PENELOPE ROSE HD

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Age Range: 4 - 6
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A good-looking but thin tale about a fairy who gives all the roses their colors. A rudimentary plot links 24 elaborately decorated forest tableaus populated with an array of both mundane and magical creatures. Constructed in several layers that move slightly as the tablet is moved to provide a 3D effect, the scenes are viewed in landscape orientation that locks after the app loads. “A garden full of clear roses had its charms but there were issues,” declares a sweet-voiced (optional) narrator. “Bunnies were always hippy hoppity hopping right into bushes resulting in ouchy thorns stuck in their unlucky rabbit feet.” Eventually little fairy Penelope takes care of the traffic hazard by gathering colors from the rainbow and elsewhere to paint the semitransparent flowers. She is joined in different scenes by small animals that grunt or giggle when touched, semi-hidden, pointy-hat–clad pixies that leap up and other gamelike animations. Voicing options include a full reading, single touched words or swiped phrases. A table of contents, the text hide/reveal and all page turns are activated by arabesque “buttons” in the corners. Pretty art and a diverse array of interactive features help to compensate for looped background music that quickly waxes monotonous. Moreover, a screen between each page for (optional) hints about upcoming animations will prevents any sort of flow. Definitely ambitious but a bit clunky in the end. (iPad storybook app. 4-6)


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Pub Date: Feb. 25th, 2011
Publisher: Mobad Games
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1st, 2011




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