Fierce Grey Mouse HD
Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 3.2 or later.Fierce Grey Mouse HD,
Age Rating: 4+
In the mad rush to read everything electronically, there is a certain quality and charm that has been left behind in the pages of ’real’ books. Fierce Grey Mouse HD, a children’s storybook app for iPad, regains some of that beauty lost.
Written, illustrated and animated by artist Chantal Bourgonje, Fierce Grey Mouse tells the tale of Little Grey Mouse who desperately wants to be fearsome and strong. He does his exercises, eats his porridge, drinks all of his milk and soon enough, little Grey Mouse grows to be fierce.
Roaring and pouncing from his perch high up in a tree, Fierce Grey Mouse accidentally scares all of his friends away.
The old adage goes (something like), be yourself and you will be happy. Fierce Grey Mouse soon realises the importance of friendship and being true to oneself. And this, in essence, is the message of the story.
Beautifully illustrated, the book has voice-overs in several different languages and accents (the closest you’ll get to an Australian narrative is the New Zealand option!) including English, Spanish and Dutch. But the point is these options allow the story to speak to children of all nationalities, girl or boy. The text of the story is also displayed on the pages, in stylised or plain font.
There are interactive extras included in the app, like memory games and two colouring pages that you fill with a palette of colours by tapping on different parts of the drawing. While this is a great inclusion for kids to play with, there were a couple of sections on the colouring page that I could not fill in – despite many taps and re-starting the app. I also think a feature within the app that lets you save a completed colouring-in would be a nice touch. But these are minor criticisms and they do not detract from the meaning of the story.
Fierce Grey Mouse HD is a storybook confection of colour, sound and positive reinforcement. The language options and extra games and activities makes this a fun app with a universal message for children of all ages. I can’t wait to sit down with my three-year-old niece and read it together.Fierce Grey Mouse HD,