"Once upon a time in a delightful country called England, there lived a young prince," begins Will & Kate: A Love Story, by Ink Robin. This is a truly modern fairy tale that takes full advantage of a modern medium. It is nicely interactive, narrated and lightly animated in a way that captures the sweet story of the royal "it" couple perfectly.
The illustrator's style, with several scenes of paper cut-outs on a photo-background, is especially charming. The well-crafted story enhances this whimsy. When we meet the 'terribly pretty' young Catherine, a sheep near her eats a bouquet of flowers right out of her hand, startling both little Kate & the reader in a delightful way. Even the slightly irreverent humor is spot on, hitting just the right note between teasing and adoration for the story's royal subjects.
While the story was very amusing to me as an adult, this book is still definitely for children (and the young at heart). Every page is interactive in innovative ways. You can scroll on one page to see paintings in a royal hallway while on another you can tap the hot air balloon to make it go higher and higher, seeing various funny animals floating with balloons.
You even get to dress Kate in one of three different 'paper-doll' style wedding dresses that snap into place to 'oohs and aahs'. And when the crowd gather on the big day, you have to move a few of them out of the way with your finger to get a glimpse of the bride. I only wished the wedding dress would change in the later illustrations to match whichever dress the reader has picked.
Overall, this is an iPad tribute befitting of a King (and Queen). And don't worry, it isn't too long for a bedtime story. The magical brevity of storytelling allows Will and Kate to meet and then get engaged in just two short page turns. It might just be the most modern digital fairy tale written to date. And for lovers of princess stories and 'happily ever after', this tale would make a wonderful souvenir of the royal wedding.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
6 - 10 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 3 - 8 +
This fairy tale is a story about a little boy named William and his princess-to-be, Catherine. She dreamt of meeting a prince while he wondered about how lonely he might be as a King someday in the palace. Soon fate brings them together in a library at college where they become the best of friends and go on adventures together. Then he asks her to marry him (with a rather large ring) and the whole country was full of excitement. On the big day Catherine takes a while deciding between three dresses, then right at 11am she arrives at the church to large crowds trying to catch a glimpse of her. After a couple quick "I do's" they attend a party at Will's grandmother's house before heading to a honeymoon in Paris, Rome and Honolulu. They then return to the peaceful Welch countryside to live 'happily ever after'.