Version Reviewed: 1.2.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 3
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Since this is most likely my last app review for 148Apps I thought it might be nice to go back to my roots a bit to the very first application I downloaded for my son, which was a simple storybook when he was about 22 months old.
As a child, I remember listening to books on tape as well as albums taken out of our local library as much as being read to by adults, so story applications seemed like the most recent format to allow my son to listen to tales alongside myself - as well as when I was momentarily busy doing other things.
From this early choice my son and I gained a new curiosity surrounding these applications, interested in what new titles could deliver as we continued to add to our library as well as my starting to review applications first for GiggleApps - and later as the editor and writer for the parents’ and children’s section of 148Apps. Although my son and I very much appreciate a STEM app in many different forms, my heart will be forever drawn to storytelling within apps for iPad and iPhone.
From here, I would like to introduce Pierrot Pierrette - a story application by Audois & Alleuil Editions, developers of my all-time favorite digital storybook The Poppin Princess, which is an app that I highly recommend and the application from which I judge all other storybook applications.
Pierrot Pierrette is the simple story of a girl who is saddened, yet aided by her friend Pierrot who will do anything to help his companion - including flying into space to find a rare cure for Pierrette’s blueness.
The look of Pierrot Pierrette is decidedly different from The Poppin Princess, which I admire, as instead of a lush palette of colorsPierrot Pierrette explores the use of black and white and shades of grey, along with a few pops of color along the way that make me smile.With the use of these limited hues, Pierrot Pierrette has created a stylized, dreamy look for a simple yet meaningful story of friendship that children as well as their adults will find quite memorable.
Interactions within are mild, which I approve of as young ones should be exposed to tales that capture their minds instead of stimulating their need to trigger hotspots, yet there are a few key moments of interest within Pierrot Pierretteincluding confetti-like snow that is activated by the shake of the iPad, much like a snow globe, that I found visually quite appealing. It also would have been nice, however, to have the ability to help pick or give Pierrette the moon flowers - her cure that she needs to feel better - as this would allow readers to be helpful and kind, especially as one can already move elements around the screen at times.
There are also hidden interactions within this app that I have yet to find, as a page after the last of this story has informed me (it keeps a tally of the interactions not found). Because of this, it would be nice to have hints to help readers find these moments because I am at a loss as to where else to tap and touch.
Even with this minor note, adults will be enjoy sharing Pierrot Pierrette with their children. The artwork is beautiful and the story is poetic. Although one can read this tale to oneself, I also admire the quality of the included narration as well as the lovely music heard in the background - a very special element all on its own.
Pierrot Pierrette is an application worthy of being a bedtime story as its general tone is peaceful and relaxing, if not a little sad in the beginning, which I am fond of. I do hope Audois & Alleuil Editions continue to develop more storybooks in the future as there is always a lot of polish included within.