The Three Little Pigs: this 3-D native picture book app is highly readable

434A highly readable and age-appropriate app version of the classic fable filled with fun music, 3-D animations and numerous hotspots.


Bibliographic Info:  The Three Little Pigs: A 3-D Fairy Tale Nosy Crow (2011) $4.99  Format: App  Interest Level: kids ages 3+  Genre: Classics, Comedy and Humor, Fable  Themes: Friendship, Just Rewards, Cleverness


logoSummary:  Three pigs say goodbye to their parents and take off on their life paths.  Each pig builds his/her house (with assistance from the user). Small blue dots give visual cues on where to find hotspots. As the wolf visits each pig, the user can try to blow the house down by touching the wolf or blowing into the microphone. The ending is very funny and age-appropriate for young children.


StorytimeWow_FinalLogo-1The Three Little Pigs: A 3-D Fairy Tale was given StorytimeWOW’s Marquee Seal on April 30th, 2015.  This material has been selected for the AppWOW collection.


imageReview:  The Three Little Pigs: A 3-D Fairy Tale tells a well-trodden story, but this app’s interactive format makes it surprisingly fresh.  The app features smart animations, funny character comments, interactive surprises and the fun feature of being able to blow on the microphone to help the wolf “blow the house down.”  The story is narrated entirely by children and includes an original interactive musical soundtrack .  Each of the characters even have their own theme music.  The 3-D character animation and shifting perspectives are fantastic, but a bit unsettling at times.


405Storytime:  The Three Little Pigs: A 3-D Fairy Tale is a great storytime experience.  Just be careful to avoid allowing the hotspots to detour the narrative.  Read the text and choose a couple hotspots per page that advance the story.  Definitely encourage kids to huff, puff and blow!


Awards:  Winner of 2011 Editor’s Choice Award, Children’s Technology Review magazine One of the Top 10 “The Best Children’s Books on the iPad”

  • Read-alikes:  Nosy Crow’s 3-D Fairy Tale series includes Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk and Little Red Riding Hood.
  • Links:  website,  Nosy Crow’s Three Little Pigs page
  • Reviews: The Literary Platform, Broxtermans

I chose to review the The Three Little Pigs: A 3-D Fairy Tale because LittleeLit.com recommends it for use during digital storytime programs.

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Written by Tom Schween, founder of storytimeWOW!