Nosy Crow, the developer known for its delightful contemporary remakes of folktales, has just marked its fifth year in business with the release of another beloved children’s story, reviewed here by Lalitha Nataraj. For a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of the music for the app, Steve Burke shares his process with viewers from concept to computer to mixing studio. Consider sharing this fascinating video (and app) with older music students and aspiring composers.
Nosy Crow’s modern retelling of “Goldilocks” adds charm and remarkable depth to the classic tale. Unlike the original, in which Goldilocks is an entitled interloper who rouses the ire of the Bear family through her unintentional, but somewhat destructive, trespassing, this sweet version adroitly relates the stories of Goldilocks and Little Bear (iOS, $4.99; PreS-Gr 2) in a parallel format. While the girl is happily scooping up porridge and damaging furniture in Little Bear’s cottage, the creature is in Goldilocks’s home, nibbling on pancakes and trying on her clothes. Young readers can toggle back and forth between the stories simply by rotating their device. In a refreshing and much appreciated nod to diversity, Goldilocks’s family is biracial.
Readers will have lots of fun playing hide-and-seek with Little Bear, helping Goldilocks pick fruit, and if they choose, using the microphone and camera. In addition to tilting the screen, children can switch stories by accessing an illustrated map that allows them to select and to jump to another colorful scene. In the “Read and Play” option, words are highlighted and enchantingly narrated by British child actors. In the independent reading mode, the length of time text appears on the screen can be controlled, and tapping blue touch points elicits additional dialogue.
The original music, composed by Steve Burke, is a delightful addition to the production. Vivid art, seamless animation, and a slight parallax effect that adds visual depth, are other standout elements. A story sure to be revisited time and again.—Lalitha Nataraj, Escondido Public Library, Escondido, CA
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