We have previously reviewed a couple of storybook apps that were adaptations from animated films. The last one that we reviewed was Planes Storybook Deluxe. Movie-based storybook apps are interesting because they offer an immersive reading experience and the ability to interact with the characters, which is sometimes better than watching it in the cinema.
Today, I want to highlight a brand new storybook app from Disney adapted from their newest animated film, Frozen. Called Frozen: Storybook Deluxe, the app offers a unique way to experience the story.
Two Sisters with Different Points of View
The story revolves around Elsa and Anna, two royal sisters of Arendelle. Since she was young, Elsa possessed the power to freeze anything she touches. Unfortunately, she was not able to handle her own power, and accidentally injured her younger sister. When the trolls healed Anna, her memory was also erased so that she wouldn’t remember Elsa’s power. To prevent further accidents, their parents decided to keep Elsa away from everyone, including Anna.
As years went by, Anna really missed her sister and desperately wanted to interact with her. As Elsa’s coronation ceremony came near, Anna met and fell in love with Prince Hans of the Southern Isles. Not long after, Prince Hans proposed to Anna during Elsa’s ceremony. Elsa showed her concerns that Anna only recently knew Prince Hans.
When the arguments heated up, Elsa’s power accidentally manifested in front of everyone. Panic and fearing that she would hurt anyone, Elsa exiled herself to the North Mountain. Blaming herself for the incident, Anna left the kingdom to Prince Hans while she searched for her sister.
Along the way, Anna met Kristoff and his reindeer Sven, who are willing to help Anna find her sister. On their way to Elsa’s hideaway, they are joined by Olaf the Snowman.
When Anna finally reunited with Elsa, Elsa still feared that she would be unable to control her power. In fact, she accidentally froze Anna in the heart. Not even the trolls were not able to help Anna this time. Instead, Anna must find an act of true love that can thaw her frozen heart.
Who can now save Anna from the inevitable slow and freezing death? Will the two sisters unite at last?
Parents Need to Know
What makes this book interesting and unique is its dual reading mode feature. The feature allows readers to rotate the iPad 180 degrees to see the same story from two different perspectives: Anna’s or Elsa’s. Readers may also encounter a few short clips taken from the animated film.
The app is suitable for juniors ages 4+, who can easily enjoy the app using the Read to Me mode. The included narration features voice actors from the animated film.
It is also possible to record your own voice to narrate the story. I find this feature very helpful when you’re trying to tell the story to a younger audience. It’s also helpful if you want to let your juniors practice with their own storytelling skills.
Things I Like
I really like the dual reading mode introduced in this app. It’s a very creative use of the iPad’s capability to recognize its orientation. It also fits nicely into the storyline where the two protagonists have differing perspectives.
I also like the two mini games included in this app: frozen jigsaw puzzle and ice doodling. Both games are also designed to fit the frozen theme. Ice doodling is a simple yet fun way to experience what it’s like to have Elsa’s ice bending skills, whereas the frozen jigsaw puzzle mechanic requires players to unearth the drawings that get buried underneath the frozen ice. It is really innovative and forces players to focus on the shape of each piece rather than its colors.
Frozen: Storybook Deluxe is an innovative storybook app that successfully demonstrates the use of iPad’s unique ability in recognizing its orientation to tell the story in two different perspectives. The developers also cleverly use the frozen theme to introduce a fun twist to a well-defined gameplay mechanic such as jigsaw puzzles. I hope other developers would be inspired by this creative design and brings a more immersive reading experience to their storybook apps. Not only is Frozen a great app for the movie fans, but it’s one of the best storybook apps available.
App was provided for our honest review.