Edsel McFarlan's New Car - Auracle

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Good version of print book adds some simple interactivity.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There are three reading modes: Auto Play, Read to Me, and Read Myself. In Read to Me mode, the narrator reads the text but waits for you to turn the page. In Read to Me and Read Myself, tapping on a word repeats just that word (in Auto Play, tapping on a word repeats the whole sentence). Words are highlighted as they are read. An in-app purchase of $.99 provides an audio recording tool. Using the tool, users can record themselves reading one page at a time and change the settings so their voice is used for narration; words are no longer highlighted. In the book, you can also tap on almost any object in the illustration to see and hear a simple label for that object. You turn pages by swiping to the side, but there are no arrows or instructions. Swiping along the bottom brings up thumbnail images of all of the pages so you can scroll forward and back, and swiping along the top brings the title page down. 

Violence & scariness

Edsel McFarlan's new car causes a fair amount of destruction throughout the town, including knocking over a few people, but no one appears to be really hurt. 

Sexy stuff

One illustration shows an older neighbor's pants riding a little low as she gardens, but it's not really racy.

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Consumerism

An audio recording tool is available as an in-app purchase of $.99. There are no ads or links in the app.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Edsel McFarlan's New Car - Auracle is a 32-page book app based on the print book by Max Holechek with illustrations by Darrell Toland. The story involves a boy who loves cars and orders one from a catalog. After assembling the car and taking it around (to the dismay and wreckage of the town), Edsel and his car end up in the junkyard. After that, Edsel decides that instead of cars he loves space rockets, and the whole cycle starts again. There are three reading modes, so kids can control the pace and narration, and when kids tap on objects in the illustration, the word for that object pops up and is spoken (e.g., "car part"). An in-app purchase of $.99 adds an audio recording tool, where adults can record themselves reading each of the pages, then choose their voice for the narration.

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Kids will enjoy being able to move at their own pace and tap on the great illustrations in EDSEL MCFARLAN'S NEW CAR. The names for objects are very basic, which will facilitate learning to read but can get a tad repetitive. The different reading modes accommodate different abilities and can be used to reinforce reading skills. The audio recording tool is user-friendly, but make sure you adjust the settings so your audio won't be deleted. The story itself is humorous and entertaining, though Edsel never really learns from his mistakes or realizes how much trouble he's caused! Still, this is a solid app worth the price.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$.99
Release date:July 18, 2011
Category:Books
Size:45.50 MB
Publisher:Auryn Inc.
Version:1.1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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Parent Written byegg August 25, 2011
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A Visual Delight for Young Car Fans

Our son loves this book (we the print edition) and we were thrilled to find the book app to use for our trip. The Edsel McFarlan book app has wonderful, detailed illustrations. We study the pictures and enjoy the different modes. Our five year old is having a blast tapping on items and seeing and hearing the word. Highly recommended for any child, especially boys who love cars.

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