Jack and the Beanstalk Children's Interactive Storybook

Common Sense Media says

Lots of surprises in feature-packed makeover of classic.





What parents need to know

Ease of play

The book is incredibly easy to navigate except for one screen, which has puzzle elements (users must touch the screen enough to reveal the majority of a hidden picture before they can turn the page). This can interrupt the flow of the story.

Violence & scariness

Jack kills the giant by chopping down the beanstalk. Bones also litter the outside of the giant's castle. Neither, however, is presented in a frightening manner.

Sexy stuff
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A link on the main menu takes users to other works by the developer. Readers are also reminded of the company's other apps via an animated ad at the end of the story.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

The giant has a beer stein on his table, but the contents are never discussed.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Jack and the Beanstalk Children's Interactive Storybook is an adaptation of the children's classic story with several interactive elements, including games, songs, and activities. The story is well illustrated, and every page is full of tappable elements that move the story along as well as some that are just fun (such as hidden golden eggs that contain a dancing chick). As in the classic tale, Jack kills the giant by chopping down the beanstalk.

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JACK AND THE BEANSTALK CHILDREN'S INTERACTIVE STORYBOOK is a blueprint for interactive children's books. Each of the app's 32 pages has entertainment elements, with dozens of hidden surprises. For instance, touch Jack enough on one page and he'll break into song. On another, touching the right onscreen picture opens a memory game. Phrases, rather than words, are highlighted as the story is narrated; users have the option to turn highlighting on and off, giving the app a wider range of potential users. The app is dense with kid-friendly features, and will make a nice virtual library addition.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:January 10, 2011
Publisher:Ayars Animation Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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Parent Written byyythomas May 30, 2011

Jack is full of hope

I think parents would love this story for there young and older childern.

What other families should know
Great role models
Parent of a 16 year old Written bydugaboo June 1, 2011

Great classic story for kids... very interactive!

Jack and the Beanstalk is a classic story. This verson comes alive! I love the hidden games, songs, and beautiful illustrations. The narration is top notch too.

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Educational value
Great messages
Adult Written bylovingwifeandmom August 21, 2011

One Of The Best Apps!

This is one of the best interactive apps I've seen. My son loves finding the hidden eggs and the pop up games within the story.

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