A Charlie Brown Christmas

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Pitch-perfect app tribute to the holiday TV classic.

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Ease of Play

The app is very easy to navigate for anyone who has used a book app before. Finger swipes move them on to the next page or segment of the story.

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The story ties into the Charlie Brown television special, but it is, in fact, about anti-commercialism, focusing on the over-commercialization of Christmas. Charlie Brown, in fact, specifically says "I won't let all this commercialism ruin my Christmas!"

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that A Charlie Brown Christmas is a retelling of the classic television holiday tale in interactive book form. The app features numerous sound clips from the show and does not deviate from the script one iota. Parents who do not practice the Christian faith should be aware that Biblical scripture is a central part of the story. The app decries commercialism, especially during the holidays, and while Charlie Brown is teased and mocked through the story, he eventually is embraced by his friends. 

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Is it any good?

While the nostalgia wave and smart release timing are likely to give A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS a boost, don't let that distract you from the truly wonderful nature of this app adaptation of the familiar television special. Narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, and featuring innumerable voice clips from the show, it's a faithful retelling of the story and certain to charm both children and parents who remember it from their own childhood. 

Beyond the story itself, there are plenty of extras, like the chance to decorate your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree. Word and note highlighting serve as educational prompts to children as they peruse the text and play with Schroeder's piano. And touching illustrations on screen make them spring to life. It might start a bit slow, but by the time you get to the familiar Peanuts theme, you'll find yourself smiling. 

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