Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 & Up
Composed By: Beanland
Developer: Ed Bryan
Developer: Will Bryan
Director: Kate Wilson
Developer: Nosy Crow
Download Price: $5.99
Platform: iPad

This interactive edition of the traditional fairy-godmother version of Cinderella is irresistibly cute. Most children who approach the game will already know the story, but this will in no way limit their delight at seeing the story play out with child-like protagonists and characters that respond to prodding with flips, giggles, retorts, or expressions of the characters' own delights and sorrows. Cinderella asks for help with her many chores; the fairy godmother prompts us to collect the items needed to work her magic and even allows us to choose the color of the ball gown; we even help the prince try the shoe on the sisters. Throughout the story we follow a little bird who plays hide-and-seek with us. The animation is skillful and artistic, more visually appealing than many of the print versions of the story. Children can read to themselves or have the book read aloud (by a young British narrator with an adorable voice). The price of the application is higher than most children's apps, but it is comparable to that of a paperback picture book and lower than many e-books. The humor and style will appeal to adults and children alike, making this purchase entirely worthwhile.

Reviewer's Note: My 6-year-old daughter could hardly wait to return to this book night after night. I never tired of the app myself, and even my 12-year-old daughter and my 10-year-old son clamored for turns playing. This was by far a runaway hit!

Emily Crawford   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Emily holds a BSE in electrical engineering and computer science from Duke University and a Master's in computer engineering from Georgia Tech. She is a homeschooling parent and lives with her husband, three children, five cats, and thousands of LEGOs in Blacksburg, Virginia.

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Nosy Crow
Available on iTunes

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