The much awaited second book from Nosy Crow is here and fans of their first book app, The Three Little Pigs, will not be disappointed. Cinderella captivates readers of all ages and brings even more interactivity to the classic tale of a girl, her fairy godmother & a mysterious glass slipper. You can help Cinderella tidy the house, dress the mean step-sisters for the ball, and even pick the pumpkin to be turned into a carriage.
Like their previous app, Nosy Crow has not forgotten a single detail in this delightful title, featuring adorable child actors for the voices of all the characters. You can scroll to see more of each page, with fun activities that include hunting for a cute little bird that hides in every scene. The pages are so touchable, in fact, that a child can play with this book for nearly an hour and still not find every interactive element. The characters have lots of speech bubbles with additional dialogue that deepens the otherwise brief version of this classic story.
My child has been completely enthralled with this book from the moment I downloaded it. He said his very favorite part was getting to help Cinderella & the fairy godmother gather all the items needed for her trip to the ball. The requests for help are made directly from the characters in speech bubbles, creating a seemless experience for the reader. I especially enjoyed getting to choose the color of Cinderella's dress, since changing the color affects all the scenes that follow. It is as if you are part of the story, shaping the experience as the characters not only leap off the page but also talk directly to the reader.
This book app is also very solidly made, with nice settings including a page guide. The story has simple arrow page turning and a clear, easy to read font (although it does not highlight as read). The images tilt and move with the device, making the story come alive - it's as if the reader is peering through an iPad shaped window into a world of imagination. Great sound effects, gorgeous background music and truly whimsical illustrations round out this title for something close to digital perfection.
The story itself is a brief retelling of the classic Cinderella story that is especially modern and kid-friendly, including a very hip fairy godmother, ice cream cones at the ball and lots of funny dialogue. The story ends with the couple playing table tennis (tap on either bride or groom to get them to serve the ball). Overall this is one of the most fun book apps to come across my iPad. My highest recommendation!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
Nosy Crow with Ed Bryan (Artwork)
Nosy Crow Limited
10 - 30 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 3 - 10 +
Cinderella is a young girl who lives with her mean step-mother & two step-sisters. She works like a servant girl in the household and is dressed in rags. One day the King decides to invite everyone in the kingdom to a ball in the hopes of introducing the prince to a girl he can fall in love with and marry. The two step-sisters are very excited about the ball but Cinderella is forbidden to go. Instead she must help the step-sisters get ready.
After the girls leave for the ball, Cinderella sits crying until out of nowhere a fairy godmother appears and tells her she will be going to the ball. They gather items & turn a pumpkin into a carriage and mice into horses to carry Cinderella to the ball in the beautiful gown the fairy has magically created. She also gets a pair of glass slippers. But all the magic will wear off at midnight, so Cinderella must get home by then ...
When she arrives at the ball, Cinderella gets lots of attention (and her family does not recognize her). The prince is enthralled with the young girl although she must dash off at midnight. She loses one of her glass slippers in her haste. She barely arrives home in time as all the magic disappears. The prince is obsessed with finding the girl with the glass slippers and looks far and wide.
One day he arrives at Cinderella's home and asks ALL the women of the house to try the glass slipper on, hoping to find the girl who fits it perfectly. The shoe fits and the prince marries Cinderella at once. They all live happily ever after.