The Ashlad and the Hungry Troll book for iphone, iPod and iPad is probably one of the scariest and violent children’s book I have ever came across in my life. Originally inspired from a Norwegian fairytale, a story of Ashlad who sets out in the forest to chop the wood for his family. While Ashlad works in the forest he gets into an argument with a great troll.
The application is very well made with great illustrations and very colourful graphics. Accompanied with Canadian accent voiceover makes the application more attractive. However, my concern is just about the story itself…
I don’t want to disclose the ending, but it involves eating competition, a knife and a dead troll with a wounded stomach and blood. I really cant believe if this book is really addressed for children, in particular four years old ones, as it is stated in the App Store. I’m sure my son would most definitely get a nightmare of this violent story
In conclusion, the storyline of this classical Norwegian fairytale is too brutal, violent and morally wrong since the targeted audience are mostly kids.