Alice for the iPad

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
Alice for the iPad App Poster Image
Lovely, abridged Alice best suited for intermediate readers.

Parents say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

Kids say

No reviews yetAdd your rating

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

Kids can tap the pages to turn them, and skip to a specific page via a table of contents. Some of the pictures are interactive.

Violence & Scariness

The Queen threatens to behead almost all of her guests, but there isn't any actual violence.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

The caterpillar is described in text and shown in an illustration smoking a hookah pipe.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Alice for the iPad is an abridged version of Lewis Carroll's book, with the text is accompanied by lovely hand-drawn pictures, some of which are animated.  The interactive elements, while fun, aren't quite as compelling as some of the other books for the iPad. Many of the animations are based on tilting the iPad or batting objects around (like a jar of marmalade, a potion, or cupcakes).

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.

Is it any good?

ALICE FOR THE iPAD presents an abridged version of the Lewis Carroll classic with simplified text making the story more accessible to younger readers. But this shortening robs the tale of some of its quirkiness. Readers can skip to any page, but the app doesn't remember where the person left off, nor does it offer extras like voice-over narration or highlighted words. The book is beautifully illustrated and some pages have animations that move by tapping the screen or tilting the iPad. Highlights include being able to hurl tarts at the Queen and make Alice grow and shrink.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $8.99
  • Release date: June 7, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 27.20 MB
  • Publisher: Atomic Antelope
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: OS 3.2 or later

Our editors recommend

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality and learning potential.

Learn how we rate