The shapes of the world are seen very differently by an unusual girl with a common name.
Jenny Jones, who has a name shared by “possibly millions,” is like any girl except for one big difference: Wherever there are circles, she sees squares. Whether it’s a pizza, a bowl of fruit or even a Ferris wheel, Jenny sees corners and blocks where others see round shapes. She takes time picking out these shapes in panoramic pages; readers can scroll horizontally and find them in puzzle pages that reward sharp eyes. The art imagines Jenny’s world as a heightened reality in which houses look like giant slices of bread and everyone wears bright, warm colors. The narration of the story is nicely paced and distinct, page navigation is easily managed with a pull-down curtain rope, and the ending, in which her family simply accepts Jenny’s skewed view, supports the kind notion that we all see things in different ways. The story gets repetitive as it closes, but the pages themselves are lively, featuring a feline named Chairman Miao who’s there to help advance the story when readers gets stuck on puzzles.
Jenny may not be that unusual as a young lady, but the way the app brings readers into her point of view and shows other ways to see objects otherwise taken for granted certainly makes her stand out. (requires iPad 2+) (iPad storybook app. 5-12)