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Score 9.5 / 10
I must first and foremost disclose my bias for this iPad app review. The Little Mermaid by Disney was my favorite movie as a young girl, and I knew every single word of the movie by heart. However, Auryn’s The Little Mermaid, illustrated by the renowned artist Lisbeth Zwerger, makes Disney’s version seem like a mere finger painting. If only the Little Mermaid I knew as a child looked like the world Lisbeth Zwerger has created, the girls from my generation would all have a more refined art sense!
Inspiring Interactivity: 9/10
Auryn’s innovative book apps have always taken full advantage of the powers of the iPad, transforming the traditional 1D reading experience into a multi-sensory, interactive adventure – and The Little Mermaid continues in this tradition.
As soon as you open the app, you are transported to a dreamy, underwater world, where you literally hear water surrounding you and see water rippling through the pages. Imagine reading your favorite book, enveloped by the warm sparkling waters of the ocean. It is any little girl’s dream come true, even for this nearly-30-year-old app reviewer who always wanted to be a mermaid for Halloween!
Reading Experience: 10/10
The ambiance of this iPad app is remarkable, with a dreamy world only Zwerger can create with her whimsical ambiance and soft watercolor creativity. For any parent who has held hesitations about “reading” to their children on their iPad, The Little Mermaid app makes a believer of any skeptic. Auryn has the storyline leaping off the pages (including the beautiful “guide” fish that help you turn the pages), taking the experience of reading to the next level of enjoyment.
Many of Lisbeth Zwerger’s illustrated children’s books have become collector’s pieces – and for very good reason. I deeply enjoyed the experience of being immersed in The Little Mermaid, which is Zwerger’s first book to appear on the iPad. The images are so beautiful that I wanted to take a screen shot so I could hang the graphics on my wall.
Whether you are a parent or just a lover of beautiful art, download Auryn’s The Little Mermaid iPad app. If you hurry, you can take advantage of the $.99 special they are generously giving their debut weekend!
The Little Mermaid [ iTunes Link ] requires iPad iOS 4.2 or later. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this iPad app review