Goldilocks and Little Bear

Goldilocks and Little Bear

Goldilocks and Little Bear

Reviewed on 11/20/15

A new twist on an old tale! The story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears has been told (and spoofed) a million times, but this version adds some elements that this librarian has never seen before. First, this Goldilocks (despite her obligatory blonde curls) has darker skin than usually depicted and when we meet her parents, we learn that she is part of a multiracial family--a bold (and very welcome!) choice for this particular fairytale. Second, this app tells the traditional tale from Goldilocks’ perspective, but users also have the option to explore an alternative storyline in which the littlest bear explores Goldilocks’ house (and eats her pancakes, tries on her clothes and reads her books). One of the most exciting features is that users can switch between these two storylines simply by rotating their device--literally turning the story on its head!  Although this app still had a few slightly confusing navigational elements (at a few points, its easy to progress through the text without fully exploring the pictures that connect one page to the next, leaving awkward storyline gaps), reading the app together with a grown-up and child and going back again and again to explore the story will smooth out any initial confusion. Another excellent fairytale by Nosy Crow!

Age group: Preschool