Fairy tales come in every shape and form in the app store. There are modern interpretations, pop-ups, lavishly illustrated compilations and DIY story-makers. These five nominees are among the best we reviewed, featured or otherwise fell in love with at SAFK during 2012.
Pictured at left Libroblo - The Skyscraper of Fairy Tales by Jekolab Srl
A storybook with no words and illustrations using only back, white and red doesn't seem the likeliest candidate for best fairy tale, but this take on Little Red Riding Hood is inspired. The classic story is told through animations, illustrations and the occasional thought bubble. It's daring and unusual with its manga style drawings and understated elegance. A great choice for curious kids ages two and up and parents tired of princesses.
Not too many fairy tales have boys as their central figure, so it's nice to see such a great interpretation of this childhood staple. It's light, humorous and designed to draw in children with its many interactive features. The price and ability to use on an iPad or iPhone make it a must for families with preschoolers and beginning readers.
A two stories in one app that offers the traditional version of the tale best known as the Princess and the Frog, and a modern take on the classic told from the point of view of the spoiled princess. This app's review can be read in its entirety here and received 4.5 stars from Jill. The app includes lots of fun extras as well as a healthy dose of snark. And of course, what better way is there to highlight interactive areas than with shimmery fairy dust. If you like the modern retelling you can thank our very own Deanne, the author.
A fairy tales collection wouldn't be complete without at least one from Hans Christian Andersen. This app is only a few weeks old but it made a lasting impression on Lisa R. with its lavish illustrations and immersive setting. This classic is just perfect for the family to share during the holidays and truly does justice to the much loved book. It contains the complete text of the original so it's a great choice for independent readers as well as younger children.
What better fairy tale than the one you and your child write together. Award winning developer Duck Duck Moose puts kids in the driver's seat with a full complement of princesses, fairies, castles, enchanted animals and magical settings. Users tell their own story through use of stickers and voiceovers. There's plenty of fairy dust, tiaras and pretty party dresses to keep youngsters entertained for hours. Maybe your child is the next Grimm or Perrault.
This kickoff to the 2012 Smarty Awards is brought to you by Jill Goodman and the staff of Smart Apps for Kids. Payoffs, bribes and all forms of swag are gladly accepted but won't influence the outcome of the voting.