25/11/2011 by Tom Donegan · No Comments
Let Me See… What Will I Be? is a book of many firsts. The inaugural title from Derry-based publisher Dog Ears, it introduces us to the world of Miss Rosie Red, the creation of debut author/ illustrator Trisha Deery. It is also the first Irish picturebook to be simultaneously released in both conventional and digital editions, a ground-breaking achievement in itself. It is the latter format which will be under discussion here.
First impressions are good, the opening menu screen offering readers of different abilities a choice of ‘auto-play’, ‘read to me’ and ‘read myself’. Selecting either of the first two options will allow you to sit-back and enjoy the voices of Anita Robinson, Michele Cunningham and three-year-old Anna (as Rosie) as they narrate the story with a charm that cannot fail to bring a smile to your face.
The tale itself begins with Rosie waiting on the stairs with her baby sister and Cooper the cat for a special delivery from the postman. A creak from the letterbox announces the arrival of an invitation from her friend Darcy, who is having a birthday party later that day. Rosie is understandably excited, but then she remembers a very important thing: she needs something to wear, something just right! With a jaunty guitar rhythm adding momentum, Rosie proceeds to try on a series of wacky outfits – an astronaut costume, a fairy, a dinosaur – before deciding at the last minute to go simply as herself, arriving at the party in a blue dress and stripy stockings to the delight of her friends.
With its emphasis on rhymes and repetition, Deery’s text will have instant appeal amongst its target readership, with her vibrant illustrations providing additional giggles along the way in. The animated page transitions keep the action moving at a peppy pace without distracting from the narrative, though the final scene does feel slightly rushed as we’re taken straight to the credits without time to properly enjoy the moment. This tiny criticism apart, Let Me See… is up there amongst the best picturebook apps I have encountered to date, produced with a level of subtly and skill which far larger publishers have yet to achieve. On this evidence, there’s much to look forward to from Rosie, Trisha and the Dog Ears team.
Miss Rosie Red | Let Me See… What Will I Be?
Dog Ears | £1.99 iTunes Store