The much awaited third fairy tale app from Nosy Crow is here and fans of their first two apps, The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella, will not be disappointed. This rendition of the classic tale of a little girl in a red cape and a wolf trying to fool her into thinking he is her grandmother will captivate readers of all ages. This title takes the genre to a new level, introducing a 'choose-your-own-adventure' element along with the usual games presented within the story. These interactive elements, and all the great dialogue, expand the storytelling in a variety of ways, although some kids may become distracted from the storyline in the process. This is hardly a serious issue with such a familiar plot, but worthy of consideration for classroom or bedtime use of this story app.
There are a lot of fairy tale apps available, but anyone close to the market will tell you that the best modern translations of these tales in enhanced form are produced by Nosy Crow. While I often prefer original tales myself, it says a lot when I say the Nosy Crow titles are the only fairy tales we keep installed on our own devices here at Digital-Storytime. Like their previous apps, 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 owl 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 also have lots of speech bubbles with additional dialogue that deepens this modern twist on a 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 choose which direction Little Red Riding Hood takes along her path. The requests for help are made directly from the characters in speech bubbles, creating a seamless experience for the reader. 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.
Everything from Nosy Crow is very solidly made, with nice settings including a guide to each of the story elements where children can alter the direction of the plot. The story has simple arrow page turning and a clear, easy to read font (which highlights as narrated). 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.
My highest recommendation!
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Nosy Crow with Ed Bryan (Artwork)
Nosy Crow Limited
15 - 20 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: Yes
Age: 4 - 9 +
"Little Red Riding Hood", also known as "Little Red Cap" or simply "Red Riding Hood", is a French and later European fairy tale about a young girl and a Big Bad Wolf. The story has been changed considerably in its history and subject to numerous modern adaptations and readings. The story was first published by Charles Perrault. This story is number 333 in the Aarne-Thompson classification system for folktales. [Source: Wikipedia]
Our Little Red Riding Hood app is a completely new take on the classic fairytale: for the first time ever, users can create their own story by choosing from multiple paths along the way, resulting in a new, fully-animated adventure with different endings every time. Built with an innovative, user-generated narrative structure that immerses a child in the story, Little Red Riding Hood re-invents interactive storytelling. Readers play games to help Little Red Riding Hood collect three different objects in the course of her journey through the woods, choosing what items to gather at forks in the path. These objects determine how Little Red Riding Hood defeats the Big Bad Wolf and saves Grandma. [Source: iTunes]