Adventure stories are always interesting, especially when they’re interactive — where readers can help the protagonist complete his mission. This is exactly what Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood offers to the readers. It’s a musical storybook adapted from a 1936 music composition by Sergei Prokofiev, set in modern-day Los Angeles.
A Musical and Imaginative Story
The story starts as Peter comes to live with his Grandpa in Los Angeles. His Grandpa moved to the US from Russia a long time ago, and now works as a gardener for a movie star who lives in a mansion in Hollywood.
Peter has no friends, except for the little white duck who lives with him and his Grandpa. When riding the school bus one day, Peter sees breaking news of a wolf escaping from the local zoo. A thought crosses his mind: catching the wolf would make everyone become his friends.
That same day, Peter is gifted a binocular with night vision for his 12th birthday. That night, the loose wolf enters the mansion’s backyard and swallows all the ducks living there — except for Peter’s. Peter chases the wolf to an old studio, but the wolf runs away into the darkness.
As Peter wanders around the studio, he finds a set of robot parts. He builds a robot, and pilots it around the city to find the wolf. Can Peter catch the wolf in time before it causes more damage?
Parents Need to Know
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is suitable for kids ages 4+. The story teaches kids how to be brave and careful at the same time: on one hand, it notes the danger posed by a loose wolf but on the other hand, it shows that you can be creative in finding a solution to your problems.
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is beautifully produced by Giants Are Small, narrated by Alice Cooper, and accompanied by the immersive music recorded by the National Youth Orchestra of Germany. If you access the Bonus section, you’d find a video about how the app was developed.
The app works great without Internet connection. It doesn’t have any third-party ads or links to social network. It is only available for the iPad.
Things I Like
Unlike other storybooks that focus more on illustrations, Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood focuses on the reader’s overall experience. Equipped with a great orchestra composition and a professional narration, the readers can truly be immersed in the musical storytelling.
The app also includes several interactive pages where the readers can help Peter build a robot, connect the stars in Peter’s dream to reveal what might happen next, go through Peter’s childhood through his photo album, and quite possibly help Peter catch the wolf with your iPad. Everything is wonderfully designed to match the storyline and enhance the reading experience.
Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood is a great adaptation of a composition written by Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev in 1936. Set in modern-day Los Angeles, the musical storyline is able to captivate its readers and take them on an adventure with Peter and his ambition to catch the wolf. If you’re looking for a way to introduce musical storytelling to your kids, you should definitely give this one a try.
Get Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.