An interactive and fantastical introduction to hand-shadows combines with a lesson on obesity.
Making hand-shadows and eating black licorice wheels are Reginald’s favorite activities, earning him the nickname Reginald-Fat Shadow. When his voracious appetite causes Reginald to grow plump, his shadow decides to cut itself away from him. Distraught, Reginald finds himself on a quest to the Land of Lost Shadows. In this mysterious land, Reginald is confronted with the ghastly and skeletal Lady Dark, who controls the fates of shadows. Determined to retrieve his shadow, Reginald outsmarts the wraith by sacrificing his favorite sweet, which results in both a reunion with his shadow and dramatic weight loss. Although a fairly text-heavy app, when narrated, it flows well, and despite being a translation, there are only a few noticeable bumps in word choices. The majority of pages provide interactivity through tapping or tilting to expose silly, hidden surprises within the watercolor illustrations. Goofy sound effects are also sprinkled throughout. Additionally, several pages feature light switches, which turn off a scene’s lights and expose Reginald’s shadow figures. The app’s main menu includes additional jigsaw puzzle activities and a basic illustrated guide to making one’s own shadow figures.
Fun, if dark at times. (iPad storybook app. 5-9)