Bella Goes Bump in the Night

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Mildly spooky poem may help rid kids of monster fears.

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age 4+
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Ease of Play

Very easy to navigate and a clear menu system. There is no page index for the book.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff

There is a link to the publisher's website from the main page.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

A hobbit is smoking a pipe in one of the illustrations.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Bella Goes Bump in the Night is a fanciful poem about all of the creatures who lurk in the night, both scary and magical. The little girl lies in bed imagining a realm of creatures including werewolves, gremlins, ghosts, dragons, leprechauns, unicorns, and more. The tone and mood of the poem might frighten very young children, although it gets lighter at the end. Older children may find it to be scary as well, but should be able to talk about the difference between real and imaginary creatures. In the end, the child declares all of them to be her friends and drifts off to sleep. The app has three options about how it is read, but the words don't highlight. Nor is there any animation or interactivity within the illustrations.

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Adult Written bysupergirl35 July 23, 2011

Beautifully illustrated story!

This is a beautifully illustrated book. The pictures come alive on the page and my daughter loves the story.

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Is it any good?

BELLA GOES BUMP IN THE NIGHT is a beautifully illustrated poem about a little girl who has trouble falling asleep because she imagines with fear all of the creatures of the night. Slowly, she realizes that they can be magical as well, and is soon lulled to sleep. This app has soft, whimsical illustrations and just enough of a fear factor to be deliciously scary. The app has the option for you to read the story yourself, have it read to you while you turn the pages, or have it read with automatic page turns. All but the most sensitive kids should be able to enjoy the story, but it may not be the best bedtime story the first time through. There is no interactivity on the pages.

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