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Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival app review

max and meredith titleIn Max & Meredith: The Search for Percival (Move On Pluto, January 2017; iOS only), a bespectacled boy named Max wakes up to discover that his dog, Percival, is missing. He enlists the aid of his adventurous friend, Meredith, to search for Percival. Meredith, dressed in a Robin Hood cloak and cap and carrying a trusty compass, thinks they should head to Gloomy Gulch right away to see if the ogre who lives there has dog-napped Percival. Max, more cautious, thinks they should look for Percival in town. Which do you think they should do?

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This simple Choose Your Own Adventure-type story ends with Percival home safely, but there are a few different paths that get you there (and an occasional ditty or two along the way). It’s pretty low-tech and easy to follow — there aren’t a lot of bells and whistles with this app’s tasks or its animations. The setting, Everdale, is a European-village-type town complete with a “Forlorn Forest,” “Radiant Ruins,” and “Hasslefree Hills” (all ID’d on a map Meredith drew), and with its own Merlin-like town elder named Zeke: “the oldest, wisest, and baldest person in Everdale.” Gender-nonconforming Meredith is a strong shero, tentative Max’s caution is somewhat warranted, and for children who are looking for a gentle adventure, this is a fine choice.

Available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (requires iOS 7.0 or later); $3.99. Recommended for

Elissa Gershowitz About Elissa Gershowitz

Elissa Gershowitz is executive editor of The Horn Book, Inc. She is a current member of the Sydney Taylor Book Award Committee.

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