This ebook for kids is based on the original 19th century version of Little Red Riding Hood from Brother's Grimm. While the story is well crafted, it is much more violent than modern re-tellings and not really suitable for young children despite the 4 and up rating from iTunes. I only read this once with my child and will not share it with him again until he's older. The wolf not only comes to a terrible end in this version, but he actually eats both grandma and the little girl before the huntsman cuts him open with scissors to magically rescue them. Then a second wolf tries to take advantage of the girl and is tricked into drowning in a trough of water.
The language of a 19th century version of a fairy tale is also a bit difficult to review. Of course it is delightfully written, but in a way that is not only old-fashioned but also uses archaic sentence structure and vocabulary. Since the tale is not narrated, it may not easily roll off the 21st century tongue when read aloud. This app does have added music, but it's on a rather short loop. The music also has an invigorating quality that made me silence it quickly with the book's settings. In addition to easy swipe style page turning, these settings include a page guide to navigate through the book and hints about interactive elements.
The animation is a bit choppy but does have a pop-up book quality with things like the wolf's arms moving slightly to show him pounding on grandmother's door. It also uses movement, although these elements are so touchy they vibrate even when the iPad isn't moving and don't respond in a very life-like way. This book would be a good choice if you are looking for an app featuring an old-fashioned fairy tale with a few modern enhancements. The interactivity isn't especially polished, but it is entertaining. Suitable for ages 8 and up.
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10 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 8 - 12 +
The full text of this 19th century Brother's Grimm classic can be found at East of the Web - Short Stories.