We’re often told that there are two sides to every story, but most storybooks only give us one side. Nosy Crow’s latest book Goldilocks and Little Bear is unique in that it’s told from two perspectives: Goldilocks’s and Little Bear’s. Simply flip your device to switch to either stories.
The App that’s Just Right
Goldilocks and Little Bears is a retelling of the classic tale, but with a second story told from the youngest bear’s point of view. The two stories are told in parallel: while Goldilocks is wreaking havoc at the bears’s home, Little Bear is doing the same at Goldilocks’s family home. There's a modern twist as we see Little Bear gulping down pancakes, trying out clothes, and reading books at Goldilocks’s.
At any point, you can toggle between Goldilocks’s and Little Bear’s story. Simply turn your device upside down, and you’ll be taken to the point that parallels the other’s story. So if you left Goldilocks while she is eating the bears’ porridges, then you’ll arrive at the scene where Little Bear is devouring Goldilocks’s pancakes.
Whichever story you choose, note that they will converge at the end when Goldilocks and Little Bear run into each other. The final scene shows the two becoming best friends and going on picnics together.
Parents Need to Know
In addition to the fun switcheroo, Goldilocks and Little Bear has plenty of interactive features. You can tap the blue dots to trigger additional dialogues and move characters about the screen, for example. Other things you can do include collecting berries with Goldilocks’s family, rocking Goldilocks on Little Bear’s chair, and helping Little Bear try on clothes from Goldilocks’s family wardrobe.
Kids ages 3+ will enjoy this clever spin on a classic. For the beginning or non-readers, the app includes a narrated reading with highlighting text. Alternatively, experienced readers can choose to read the story by themselves.
Goldilocks and Little Bear is available as a Universal app on the App Store. It doesn’t have third-party advertising and in-app purchases, so it’s safe for kids. A parents’ section offers helpful tips for using the app.
Things I Like
Goldilocks and Little Bear isn’t the first app to implement parallel storylines — Frozen Storybook Deluxe did it two years earlier — but I admit that it’s really well done. It has all the elements that make Nosy Crow apps so beloved: gorgeous artwork, fun interactions, and an engaging narrative. Both Goldilocks’s and Little Bear’s stories are equally entertaining, and switching between the two is seamless.
Delving into the story, I appreciate the numerous details that are put into the app. In Goldilocks’s house, for example, the reader’s face will be projected by front-facing camera into the mirrors. It’s a neat trick that adds an extra layer of fun to this entertaining app.
Another detail I find lovely is the diversity of the characters. Whereas many storybooks only feature white people, this app has people (and bears) with different color skins and hair. It also breaks gender stereotypes by letting Goldilocks’s dad cook breakfast instead.
Goldilocks and Little Bear puts a literal spin on a classic by allowing readers to flip their device to switch between Goldilocks’s and Little Bear’s story. As they read along, they can interact with the characters in their beautiful, 2D world. Engaging narration add a dash of charm to Nosy Crow’s sixth masterpiece of an app.
App was provided for our honest review.
About Nosy Crow
Nosy Crow is a small, multi-award-winning, independent company. They publish child-focused, parent-friendly children’s books and apps with the aim of creating books and apps that encourage children to read for pleasure. You should check out their other apps we’ve reviewed:
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