Alice for the iPad

Common Sense Media says

Lovely, abridged Alice best suited for intermediate readers.





What parents need to know

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
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

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

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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).

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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

Release date:June 7, 2010
Size:27.20 MB
Publisher:Atomic Antelope
Minimum software requirements:OS 3.2 or later

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