Loud Crow Interactive (producer of the awesome PopOut! The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Sandra Boynton apps) had better make room in the nest for Nosy Crow, whose The Three Little Pigs is an app-only retelling of the familiar tale.
Nosy Crow’s story is faithful to the traditional tale with a few original touches, including making one of the porcine siblings a girl and having the brick-building pig be the youngest one. While the narrative doesn’t offer much that’s new, the illustrations and interactive features are clever (though not problem-free) and imaginative. Users can choose to read the story themselves, be read to, or be read to and play along. I was skeptical about the decision to use actual kids as narrators—I was worried they’d sound irritatingly perky, like the kids on Barney and Friends—but these young readers’ performances are refreshingly unaffected and engaging. Their delightful British accents don’t hurt, either. Hearing the wolf’s and the parents’ lines delivered by child readers takes a little getting used to, however.