Brave: Storybook Deluxe

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Visually beautiful retelling of movie, with fun extras.

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Educational Value

Kids can practice their storytelling and reading skills with Brave: Storybook Deluxe. They can also learn a little about the symbols, traditions, and vocabulary associated with the historic culture in the Scottish Highlands; the family crests that each suitor carries and the way clans related to other clans (or even the meaning of the word "clan") are examples. The recording option, read-along text highlighting, puzzles, and coloring pages all provide ways to practice skills or actively think.

Ease of Play

The storybook has numerous options for reading, but the read-along's automatic page-turning feature's cadence is rather slow at some times and quick other times. The book froze once during this review, and there have been other reports of similar bugs. That said, the games are easy and seamless: The archery game is well-explained, and the puzzles and coloring pages are easy to play. 

Violence & Scariness

The little blue wisps and the witch aren't violent, per se, but may be scary for younger kids. 

Sexy Stuff

This game is partially a marketing tool for Disney-Pixar's Brave movie. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brave: Storybook Deluxe includes a fun archery game, puzzles, coloring pages, and a retelling of the movie's story with beautiful graphics, periodic animation, and the option for kids or parents to record their voice and narrate it themselves. Pixar's graphics and scenes are absolutely breathtaking and make the app jump to life. We experienced some buggy pauses and freezes in the story.

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What's it about?

Princess Merida's strong personality and archery skills come to life in Brave: Storybook Deluxe through the retelling of the movie's story and the fun archery game. In the game, kids help Merida hit bull's-eyes while galloping through the forest on horseback. In addition to the story and game, there are puzzles and coloring pages to entertain Brave fans.

Is it any good?

The real gems of BRAVE: STORYBOOK DELUXE are the fun and challenging archery game, and the puzzles and coloring pages that are perfect for Brave enthusiasts, young and younger.

The storybook itself is undeniably beautiful graphically, but has an odd page-by-page rhythm. Also, some pages include cool animated elements and others remain totally static, which may bring surprise to some kids and frustration to others. Still, overall the app is worth the $6.99 price tag in beauty and features.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Take turns narrating a page each with your kid, or play a certain character while your kid records his or her narration of the book.

  • Point out Scottish cultural elements in the scenes, such as the family crest flags.

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