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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 story. Many a story elf has risked life and limb to tell it. You see, beside the fairy tale kingdoms you have long visited is another kingdom. This kingdom might look the same from a distance, green and glittering, but it is not. Witches (an infestation) darken the skies at dusk, and innocent VILLAGERS suffer the same 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 spellbound in such abundance, snoring and croaking in plain view, he cannot avoid seeing the truth. Will he change the role of prince to something brand new?

As you read, a little-known elven story dimension called The Couplet will allow you to step out of the book and into this kingdom. So, settle into 70-fully illustrated pages of story, 35 elven Couplets and a fairy tale that has waited CENTURIES to be told!

Before and after the tale, there is quite a bit more to enjoy...

* An additional story, “The Story of the Story,” recounts the vexing situations that arose before the final ink of “The Waking Prince” dried. This true tale speaks of elven rules ignored by a stubborn writer elf, a story flaw found by Joble, the editor elf, and a tense meeting in the forest to determine the fate of the book.

* From his treetop office, Tristan the dapper tarsier will explain how readers can become “The Last Character in the Story.”

* And, “The Next Story” peeks at private journal entries regarding a newly spotted character and a possible new story for the elves.

Read on! Discover if Princess Eleanor, the inn keeper’s beloved dog and so many innocent children, shopkeepers and farmers ever come to...

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What’s New

Version 1.5

- Improved compatibility with iOS 9
- Now looks gloriously large on the iPad Pro
- Story refinements
- Crash and bug fixes, particularly for older iPads

Ratings and Reviews

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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.


TheStoryElves Apps
401.5 MB

Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2012 The Story Elves


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