Ben 10 Science Friction- Kids' Book

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Fun story cartoon series fans will love; hint of violence.

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Ease of play

This app is very user-friendly, as it only takes one tap on the screen to load the story. Users can either choose "Read To Me" or "Read It Myself." The former has a voice-over narration that reads through the story as users follow along with text and images, while the latter presents the same story but with no voice-over. Either way, it is very easy for users to pick up the app and run through the entire story.

Violence & scariness

The story in this app is about a group of small aliens that appear in the middle of a comic book convention, and it's up to Ben to thwart the invasion without drawing undue attention to the aliens or himself. There is perilous dialogue about the unexpected extraterrestrial appearance, and some of the illustrations depict aliens shooting lasers and a frenetic crowd response. However, no human actually ends up being injured, and in the end, the strongest content is only the potentiality of violence.

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Consumerism

There is a small icon on the main menu that directs users to the option of purchasing other digital book apps from the same publisher.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Ben 10 Science Friction- Kids' Book is an interactive storybook that allows users to either read the story themselves or have a voice-over narrator read it for them. The story is about a surprise alien invasion and the exploits of main character Ben as he works to vanquish the other-worldly force quickly and quietly. While there is some conflict and brief violent imagery, the story is presented in an almost carefree way where readers never really feel anyone is in imminent mortal danger.

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BEN 10 SCIENCE FRICTION- KIDS' BOOK has a unique, fun plot. The main character, Ben, is at a local comic book convention when one of the props on display turns out to be a real alien vessel. Ben must use his supernatural powers to subdue the creatures that escape, and play it off as though the whole thing is just a promotion for a science fiction movie. The story is an easy read and provides a creative, compelling narrative with only a minimal amount of violence or conflict. The optional voice-over reads through the book with an engaging tone, and the pictures that complement the story are very well drawn. Readers who have an interest in the Ben 10 cartoon series or science fiction in general will likely thoroughly enjoy this app.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:January 28, 2011
Category:Books
Size:36.20 MB
Publisher:FrogDogMedia LLC
Version:1.2.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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