A Cautionary Tail: an Entertaining iPad Storybook

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A Cautionary Tail iPad storybook app

A Cautionary Tail is a new iPad storybook app based on an award-winning animated short film of the same name. It’s a good story and has been beautifully adapted for the iPad.

Here’s a little slice of its App Store intro:

A Cautionary Tail is a dark, funny fable about a girl born with a tail, that combines cinematic 3D animation, narration by David Wenham, delightful interactive features and an important message about self-acceptance.

My 10 year old daughter and I read the storybook together yesterday evening, and both of us were very impressed with it.

A Cautionary Tail iPad storybook app

Here are some of the reasons we were impressed and enjoyed this app so much:

— The visuals and illustrations in the app are fantastic. There’s a great, cinematic feel to the pages and the characters really pop throughout. This is in the same class as ‘The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore’, and that’s great company as it’s one of the very best iPad apps I’ve seen and our choice for the Best iPad App of 2011.

A Cautionary Tail iPad storybook app

— The story itself is compelling and offers some major twists. I won’t be a spoiler but I’ll just say that it will keep you guessing until the end. It’s told in rhyming verses with plenty of humor and wit, and the narration is excellent. My daughter and I both found ourselves wanting to linger on pages to enjoy both the words and the striking imagery. That’s always a great sign for me, as my girl often wants to rush through pages of storybook apps.

A Cautionary Tail iPad storybook app

— Another thing that kept my daughter very actively engaged the whole way through was the interactive elements on all the pages. I think she found them even more fun than usual because they weren’t as obvious as they are in many storybook apps. They show up in different spots on different pages and some require a little bit of initiative to find and invoke.

A Cautionary Tail has everything you need to make a great iPad storybook and the some – a story that draws you in right away and is told with great flair, gorgeous visuals, humor, beautiful pages, and fun interactive elements throughout. With storybook apps of this type I always try to temper my reaction and wait to see whether my daughter enjoys them, before forming my final opinion. This one is a bit hit with her, and I’m right there with her. It should be a real crowd pleaser for kids and parents alike.

Here’s an App Store link for A Cautionary Tail for iPad; it’s priced at $4.99.

Disclosure: I was provided with a free promo code for this app by the developers’ PR company. For information about our review policies please see our About page.

Patrick Jordan

Founder and Editor in Chief of iPad Insight. Husband, father to a lovely daughter, Commander of the Armies of the North, dog lover (especially Labs), Austinite, former Londoner, IT consultant, huge sports nut, iPad and mobile tech blogger, mobile apps junkie.

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