Doubting Dasha by Tatyana Mironova – Review
Everyone labels her doubtful,
But that is not her virtue.
Though small in size, Dasha is very helpful,
Always sincere without asking for her due.
Doubting Dasha is an original storybook app by Tatyana Mironova that tells the adventures of a brave and kind little girl in her search for the village’s stolen grain. Doubting that there is any nasty monsters alive, Dasha volunteers to go into the deepest forest to find the grain. She says, “Even though I’m small, I can still be helpful.” Though the grain was not found in the end, Dasha’s bravery saved her village and they all made new friends.
Doubting Dasha, the storybook app wasn’t eye-catching at first glance but it grows on you as you discover more of its gross humor (which the kids love), Dasha’s unique character and the opportunity to actively participate in her adventures. Upon opening the app, the haunting background music and gloomy colors was a little scary for my 6 year old but it also felt like we were about to experience an epic adventure. After the first few pages of introduction, the story starts to become exciting as the reader gets to choose which of the 4 paths Dasha should take in her search for the missing grain. Be warned, once a path is chosen, the reader has to complete the adventure that lies at the end of the path and there is no turning back to the starting point before that.
Depending on which path is taken, the Hungry Zombie, Scary Witch, Werewolf or Giant Troll awaits Dasha. These strange creatures speak in rhymes and they look menacing. Not believing for a moment that these monsters are evil, Dasha immediately senses their troubles and offers to help them. From digging boogers, catching fleas, fixing rotten body parts to beautifying a witch, the reader has to help Dasha handle all the strange requests and complete them in order for the story to progress. These activities are interesting but challenging so younger children may need some help.
There are ‘Read to me’ and ‘Read it myself’ options available but there is no text highlighting in sync with the narration in the ‘Read to me’ option. Besides the narration, various characters interact with each other (and the readers on some pages) via speech bubbles that appear when you touch the characters. The major characters are voiced by different character voices and these brought the story alive, in particular the child voice actor for Dasha is very convincing. Illustrations are clear and unearthly. Animation is kept to a minimum and kids (especially boys) will be amused to hear words such as booger, stinky sock and farty being used.
Doubting Dasha is definitely not your usual children’s fairy tale but it’s one that is different on all counts, with a bonus message to boot. Do check it out if you are looking to add variety to your child’s library.
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Requirements: Compatible with iPadMini, iPadFourthGen4G, iPadFourthGen, iPadMini4G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone4S, iPhone5s, iPad WiFi, iPadThirdGen, iPhone5, iPad 3G, iPadThirdGen4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPad 2 3G, iPhone 4, iPad 2 WiFI, iPodTouchFifthGen, iPhone5c, iPod Touch (4. Gen.)
Size: 45.08 MB
NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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