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The Little Mermaid - Auryn

By Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Sad and dark original tale with beautiful art, atmosphere.

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As an interactive book, Auryn Inc.'s version of THE LITTLE MERMAID is not overly interactive, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Basically, you get the story (which is dark, but classic), read beautifully by a great narrator, and accompanied by absolutely gorgeous illustrations from artist Lisbeth Zwerger. But there are some lovely atmospheric touches added in, too: You can tap water anywhere to create ripples, or drag your finger along the screen to stir up a school of fish. There's a nice setup in which a page of text is followed by a full-page illustration, and you can choose to stay and follow the text until the narrator finishes the page, or skip past to the picture, so you can admire and play with it while you listen to the narration.

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