A story about the Tooth Fairy displays an animation aesthetic.
Although the production values in this 77-page app are high, unfortunately it breaks very little new ground. When Pete loses a tooth, his friend Melody tells him that if he makes a wish on said tooth, it will come true. Zora the Tooth Fairy—who looks very much like Tinkerbell—tells the children that their belief is paramount not only to Pete’s wish, but also to the survival of her world. (Peter Pan, anyone?) Other classic parallels: Wishington has much the same feel as Emerald City, and the evil Malgrin feels very Lucifer-like (he used to be a Tooth Fairy but now steals wishes from children). Fairy dust sparkles to indicate interactive elements, but most of them are slight: a hop, a nod, a wagging finger. Children can unlock a feature that lets them collect items for Pete’s hamster (and later claim “rewards”) but only if parents fork over their email addresses. Readers can select “easy” or “original” text. It’s not without glitches, including an intermittent inability to switch readers without rebooting and narration that continues even when “read to me” is turned off.
The complicated yet predictable storyline and the interactive experience are mostly disappointing. (Requires iPad 2 and above.) (iPad storybook app. 4-7)