The Book of the Dragon is a beautifully illustrated new interactive digital book for the iPad. Created by Argentinian-born fantasy illustrator Ciruelo, The Book of the Dragon is best described as not so much a storybook, but more of an encyclopedic treatise on dragons.
The book contains various chapters, with names such as “Dragons and Mankind”, “Social Organization” and “Psychological Characteristics”. Each part of the book features elaborate illustrations, sound effects and animations that draw you into the fascinating world that Ciruelo has created.
A running theme throughout The Book of the Dragon is that the dragons themselves have a long and rich history, personal attributes and customs, set against a background of long-running conflict and war with human kind. The pages are filled with magic, fantasy and lore.
Navigating through The Book of the Dragon is made incredibly simple – you can tap once on the screen and then running your finger along a slider, which cycles through little thumbnails of the books pages or you can select a page from the Table of Contents. While defaulting to English, The Book of the Dragon also comes loaded with four other languages – Spanish, Italian, German and French.
If you’re a fan of fantasy art, there is also the option at the end of the book to save some of the illustrations to your photo library for later use as an iPad background.
The Book of the Dragon [iTunes Link] is compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.