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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Alice in New York is a reinterpretation of Lewis Carroll's classic Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Much of Carroll's original text is there, but it has been playfully altered to cast modern-day New York City as the Looking Glass world. This is not a read-along app and there's no voiceover. This is a novel to read to yourself, with text that is well over a hundred pages long. Younger kids may need parents or older siblings to read the story to them.
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The physics-based, flick-slide-and-shake interactive illustrations of ALICE IN NEW YORK will be familiar to anyone who has seen the developer's previous app, Alice for the iPad. This logical follow-up takes on Lewis Carroll's sequel, Through the Looking Glass. Once again the artwork mimics that of the original illustrations, but this time around, everything has been altered to give it a New York City vibe -- the Red Queen is the Statue of Liberty, the White King looks like the Empire State Building, and Tweedledum and Tweedledee drive a taxi on the Brooklyn Bridge. While tinkering with a literary classic (especially the text) might irk some people, the developers have handled the setting change incredibly smoothly. And it's all done with a wonderful sense of humor. Alice in New York is probably more fun for kids who've read the original Looking Glass, but just about anyone will have fun playing with the illustrations.
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