Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Cute eco-friendly story presented as book without animation.

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Swiping to turn the pages doesn't always seem to work as quickly or smoothly as it should, but even if you need to swipe at a page two or three times, it's not too big of an issue.

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This book app is part of the long-running Arthur book series, which also has an associated cartoon. At the end of the book, you can tap to enter the Arthur Store and buy more book apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Arthur Turns Green by Marc Brown is an app version of the latest picture book in author Marc Brown's popular Arthur series. In the story, Arthur works on a class project that involves finding ways to save energy (i.e., "go green") around the house. His younger sister, D.W., misunderstands and thinks Arthur is literally turning green. While the illustrations contain no hotspots for animation, there are puzzles and coloring pages available.

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Is it any good?

ARTHUR TURNS GREEN BY MARC BROWN doesn't do much beyond putting the printed page onto the iPad screen. Swiping to flip pages is as interactive as it gets. However, kids (or parents) can record their own readings of the book, which is nice. And there are a bunch of coloring pages and jigsaw puzzles added as bonus material. But if you buy this app, it should really be about wanting to read the story. For kids just learning about the concept of eco-friendly living, the story can be very informative in a cute, fun way.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: April 23, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Iceberg Reader
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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