The Waking Prince 4+

A tale by The Story Elves

The Story Elves Apps

Designed for iPad

    • 5.0 • 1 Rating
    • $7.99

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Featured on the UK App Store's What's Hot list for over a year.

“Ingenious software design” and “lively, fluent prose…” (Kirkus Reviews)

“...written with fairy tale–appropriate language and imagery while raising contemporary issues of class and power. Sharp-eyed users may note allusions to traditional tales in the beautifully detailed pencil drawings…” (The Horn Book)

"The illustrations are beautiful, detailed and engaging." (Parents' Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park)


Witches have LONG wanted a tight lid kept on this fairy tale. Many a story elf risked life and limb to tell it! This kingdom may look familiar from a distance, green and glittering, but it is not. An infestation of witches darken the skies at noon, and vulnerable villagers suffer cruel spells that only princesses suffer in other tales!

No one is safe here.

Young Prince Jeremy may have wished to be born somewhere else, somewhere simpler. Yet, with an entire kingdom hobbled by short-tempered witches, he cannot avoid the truth. Will he risk ruffling royal feathers and his position in the castle for the good of these peasants?

As you read, an exclusively elven story dimension called The Couplet will allow you to travel back and forth between book and kingdom. So, please settle into 70-fully illustrated pages of story, 35 elven Couplets and a fairy tale that has waited EONS to be told.

Before and after the fairy tale, there are more stories to enjoy.
* “The Story of the Story” recounts the vexing situations that arose as the elves crafted this tale: elven rules ignored by a stubborn writer elf, a critical flaw found by Joble, the editor elf, and a thrillingly tense meeting in the forest with angry elf elders defending tradition and threatening the fate of the book.

* Additionally, from his leafy treetop office, Tristan the tarsier explains how readers can become “The Last Character in the Story.”

* And, “The Next Story” peeks into several private journal entries regarding a newly spotted character—suggesting a new story for the elves.

Read on! Discover if the inn keeper’s sweet pup, scads of innocent children, shopkeepers and farmers and Princess Eleanor (yes, a princess is among the snoozing spellbound) ever break free…

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What’s New

Version 1.6.2

Minor bug fixes and support for iOS 14

Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
1 Rating

1 Rating

Dsonar ,

Old World Feel with an upgrade

Incredible illustrations and old school story telling. I have always enjoyed reading fairy tales from books with great illustrations to my children before bed and couldn’t imagine that an app could possibly be a worthy substitute for a big, well illustrated hard cover book. I was pleasantly surprised. The story telling and the illustrations were reminiscent of the Brother’s Grimm. My 11 year old twins really enjoyed the tale and illustrations, especially the interactive/couplet feature (whereby you turn your iPad to reveal additional, hidden, illustrations). It has become an instant classic in our house. I also enjoyed the ‘Story of the Story’ about how the story was made. The apps additional features have my twins excited about writing fairy tales of their own and will be looking to the Story Elves for guidance.

ladyrock ,

fantastic story, fantastic app.

The Waking Prince is a thoroughly engaging story, which works at many levels and many ages. the introduction of the 'couplet' to get more out of the story proves to be extra fun particularly for a younger child (though I enjoy the surprise of it too!)

This is a beautifully done app and SHOULD be a classic! It is clear a tremendous amount of creativity and artistic talent went into this. What the best of Disney used to be... only updated for the current technology while still remaining true to great storytelling and great artistry. Bravo story elves!

Michael_Jagger ,

Medieval Eye Candy and Clever Too

The illustrations are fantastic. I enjoyed the little story about how the book came to be.

It's well written and intelligent. I thought My 10-year would enjoy it but I was surprised how much I loved it . I have never seen the interactive/couplet device used. It's a great way to take advantage of the iPad. It also reinforces for the young reader that things aren't always what they seem.

I look forward to the next one in the series.

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The developer, The Story Elves Apps, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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  • Family Sharing

    Up to six family members can use this app with Family Sharing enabled.

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