Being a princess may seem glamorous and all, but it’s a surprisingly tough job. Not only is a princess expected to dress well, but she must also be able to handle any kinds of situation with elegance and dignity.
Such is the depiction of princesses in developer Audois et Alleuil’s app, The Poppin Princess. This richly-drawn book recounts a classic tale about a prince looking for a bride, but with a surprise ending.
The Changing Winds
In a tiny, faraway kingdom, the King and Queen are looking to marry off their son, Prince Archibald. Many neighboring princesses flock to the kingdom in the hopes of winning his hand, but soon find themselves out of the competition after failing to pass a series of trials devised by the Queen.
These grueling tasks include downing a dreadful gratin of cauliflower and broccoli, and at this point it becomes clear that this story involves flatulence humor. Soon, another princess arrives: Lou, the "Princess of the Wind".
Unlike the other princesses, Lou has tangled hair and horrible table manners. But her quirks and interesting tales soon capture the Prince’s heart, much to the Queen’s disapproval.
At the Queen’s orders, Lou is to face the trial of broccoli and gratin to prove once and for all if she is a worthy princess. To the audience’s surprise, Lou lives up to her title, “The Princess of the Wind”, and passes the test with flying colors.
Parents Need to Know
The Poppin Prince is a cheeky storybook complete with beautiful illustrations, clever interactive features, and lovely background music. Kids can, for example, strum Archibald’s guitar to play a song while the princesses, ahem, toot along in the background. They can also blow into the microphone to light the fireplace at the scene of Lou’s arrival at the palace, and draw makeup on a princess’ face.
Originally written in French, the app now includes English narration and text. The French version is on by default though, so if you want to read or listen to the story in English you have to first change the language from the in-app Settings menu.
One thing to note is that the app is child-friendly. It doesn’t contain in-app purchases or ads.
Things I Like
For those who are still wondering: yes, this story contains fart humor. But it handles the subject matter with such grace that it never comes off as crude. Plus, the visuals are so beautiful and the narration so pokerfaced, it’s hard to be turned off the story.
This is a story that is unique in that it manages to look and feel like a classic fairy tale despite its modern perspectives. For example, the King and Queen are depicted as an interracial couple — a detail that is not explicitly mentioned but I appreciate nonetheless.
There is also the subtle message about women having the rights to choose when to marry. At the end of a story, Lou doesn’t jump on the Prince’s proposal, and instead asks to think about it.
My only gripe about the app is that there are several typos, at least in the English text, which I would like to see corrected. Otherwise, this is an excellent app: beautifully presented and very engaging.
It’s hard to believe that a story containing flatulence humor can be considered classy, but The Poppin Princess manages to break this stereotype thanks to its graceful storytelling. The app also has rich illustrations, clever interactive features, and spot-on sound effects that lend to its charms. Available in English and French, the clear narration makes it easy for readers ages 4–8 to follow along. This is definitely among the more interesting books I’ve come across this year, and I highly recommend it.
The Poppin Princess is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.
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