The Penelope Rose

The premiere Peek 'n Play Story App from Mobad Media is a stunning 3D experience that will encourage reading and entertain your child with animations and interactivity on every exquisitely crafted page.

The Penelope Rose is a magical fairytale of how roses were saved and fairies became the artists of the winged world. Enter an enchanted forest filled with stunning illustrations, amazing characters, and fantastic animations presented in a dazzling 3D world that can be experienced simply by tilting the device without the need for special glasses.

This is a revolutionary form of storytelling that you and your loved ones will cherish for years to come.


  • Ultra-immersive 3D – No glasses needed!
  • Original illustrations, environments and characters
  • Beautiful narration, soothing music, hilarious vocals, and immersive environmental sound effects
  • "Read To Me" highlights the words to improve reading skills
  • "I Can Read" allows reading at your own pace
  • Individual words can be tapped and multiple words selected to hear that section of the story played back
  • An enchanting forest filled with fairies, gremlins, pixies, gnomes, bunnies, numbats, fireflies, and other woodland creatures
  • Giggling pixies hiding on every page waiting to be discovered
  • Touch, slide, fling, fly, and paint with the characters to bring the pages to life
  • Painting the roses improves color recognition in younger children
  • Hints are available to discover all of the interactive features. 

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"Every click within this colorful tale unlocks magic and wonders, as its pop-out three-dimensional visuals will mesmerize kids and parents alike."
Apple - Featured on the App Store

The Babble 50 - Best Apps for Kids - 2011

Best of the Best – 25 Essential Children’s Book Apps: "Mobad Games really thought of everything and implemented it brilliantly. Every one of the 24 pages in this book is full of wonder, enchantment and breathtaking special effects. It is beautifully animated and filled with so much to see and do that after reading it several times, there are still elements I haven't fully explored. Basically, this book makes me want to have a scale that goes above 5-Stars. I give it my highest recommendation!"
Digital Storytime


Gold Medal - Mom's Choice Awards

"I think The Penelope Rose is a must have children’s book, especially for kids that love fairytale style stories with fun creatures and lots of interaction. When I read that the iPad needed to be tilted to properly display the 3D images, I was skeptical, but each page truly had a huge depth of field that was a lot of fun to look at. I’ve seen a lot of children’s books, but none with graphics quite this impressive."

"For me the highlights of Penelope Rose HD are the graphics and interactions. I also really appreciated having the guide that outlines what I should be looking for on each screen. The 3D feature really works and screenshots don’t come close to capturing the sharpness of the images."
The iPhone Mom

"We have a lot of apps on our iPad, and this is BY FAR the best storybook app we have seen. Both of my children enjoyed it very much!"

Homegrown Learners

"If you are looking for something fresh to engage young children with digital reading, The Penelope Rose is an ideal choice. Every detail is tailored to create an immersive, delightful experience your child will want to relive over and over."

"We had so much fun exploring the book together. Painting the roses, flinging pixies, making the Gremlins heart change… and maybe Hunter’s favorite, touching the butterflies and they would go into the roses and say Ouch!. He was laughing hysterically at the point! Hunter was excited to show the book to Daddy when he got home, and Cory was duly impressed as well with the quality."
Being Alison

"This is a stunning app. There are just so many things to touch, move, animate and interact with, that it’s hard to believe they somehow crammed them all in! You get plenty of story and my girls really liked it… were asking questions and were ready to find out what happened next. It’s built in 3D, but you won’t need any special glasses for this wonder… all the effects appear when you tilt the device. It’s actually pretty amazing, and my kids were wowed by it."
The iPad Fan

"The Penelope Rose is certainly a wonder to behold. The breathtaking imagery is what truly makes the story stand out. All of the interactive features are simply the icing on the cake."
Toronto Teacher Mom

"My son and I really enjoy this story; it is creative and lovely. The illustrations are beautiful and rival those found in the most wonderfully drawn traditional story books. My son enjoyed tapping the clear roses as well as painting them in with many different colors."

"Latest and greatest e-books for kids - This decidedly girl-centric title has a gimmick of its own: 3D artwork that doesn't require special glasses. Instead, you just tilt the iPad back and forth, which creates a very cool illusion of 3D. Beyond that, it's a beautifully illustrated fairytale about, well, fairies. And roses."
CNET's Rick Broida

"It’s something you have to see for yourself… the scenery has such depth, it looks like you could reach your hand into your iPad. As much as I enjoyed looking at The Penelope Rose, I liked the story itself even more. The Penelope Rose deserves every bit of hype it creates; it’s a solid story with unbelievable visuals!"
The Greasy Screen

"Lush, fairy-filled tale with lots of interactive spots. 4 out of 5 stars."
Common Sense Media

"This beautifully illustrated and lovingly crafted adventure will likely keep younger children enthralled for quite some time. Every one of the eye-popping 24 pages is a sight to behold."
iPad Creative