Alice in New York

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Playful, imaginative interpretation of classic Carroll book.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

There's nothing difficult about using this app. You tap arrows (or swipe, depending upon the setting you chosen) in order to turn pages. The interactive illustrations are all pretty self-explanatory.

Violence & scariness

The story, which follows the plot of Alice Through the Looking Glass, mentions some fighting between characters, but doesn't describe it any in detail. There's no fighting show in the illustrations.

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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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$8.99
Release date:March 7, 2011
Category:Books
Publisher:Atomic Antelope
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later

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Parent Written byazebra March 31, 2015
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Loved this on my iPad 1 but doesn't run on latest ipad

I upgraded my iPad and can't reload the first Alice app and this one crashes. Shame because I loved the interface. What in,inked about this app was it really encouraged reading. You could fiddle with the great images but the text was the draw card. I'd tried it on lots of kids and it never failed to intrigue them.

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