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Sunday {App}etizers´╗┐ is a new feature where we take our absolute favorite Book Apps for the iPad and iPhone and serve them up for you to enjoy! We may feature one or half a dozen each week, it all depends on how many {app}etizers we think you need that week. This week’s feature…The Little Mermaid by Auryn Inc.

Publishers Summary: The first ever underwater storybook is here! The beloved classic The Little Mermaid – as told by Hans Christian Andersen and illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger – has come to life in a whole new way on the iPad. Submerge yourself (and your kids!) into the world of the mermaid herself through 28 pages filled with interactive splashes, clouds, underwater reading and so much more.

Key features include interactive water ripples that make you feel like you’re reading underwater, interactive fish that guide you from page to page, creating seamless navigation and immersive sound effects with optional voice.

Readers of the original tale of The Little Mermaid be prepared to take a trip back to another time. A place where fairytales were more than a young girl destined to marry her prince charming despite the obstacles. One where good doesn’t always triumph, but the story is still superb. Through the stunning illustrations and superb interactivity of this book app version of The Little Mermaid be prepared to feel as though you’ve stepped into the water with the mermaids of long ago.

This truly is one of the most beautifully stunning iPad books out there. The illustrations are gorgeous and the narration that accompanies the story is perfect. Though this isn’t a story I’m sure very young readers will love, I am positive that middle grade readers and up will find this story thoroughly captivating. What I enjoyed most of all was that this wasn’t the “Disney-fied” version, but the classic telling of Hans Christian Andersen’s story. It’s a story I read as a very young girl with my mother and perhaps had diluted in the waters of the all-too popular Disney version of the story. Though the ending isn’t the happily ever after many of us grew up with, it’s still quite a beautiful tale and the added effects of the book app make it a marvelous read. I’d highly encourage anyone who loves classic stories and fairytales to pick up this book app!

The Sweet and Savory Sum-up: A beautiful visual feast. Readers everywhere will be taken back to their youth to remember the girl who sacrificed herself for her prince.

Thank you so much to Auryn Inc. for providing this book app for review! Connect with them on Twitter and Facebook!

4 Responses to Sunday {App}etizers: The Little Mermaid by Auryn Inc.

  1. A visual feast indeed. How beautiful.

  2. Erin McGuire says:

    Wow, I LOVE Lisbeth Zwerger, so cool to see her work being used in this medium.

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