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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dracula: The Official Stoker Family Edition is an only slightly abridged version of Bram Stoker's original horror classic. The story itself contains many frightening and violent parts, and the app visually presents creepy and bloody imagery. It is all in keeping with the original tone and spirit of the book. Also, be aware that the silent movie Nosferatu is included in its entirety as a bonus feature, and there kids will be able to see vampire attacks depicted in a more visceral and frightening way. An Orson Welles radio play of Dracula is also included, and is equally frightening in its own way.
Is it any good?
DRACULA: THE OFFICIAL STOKER FAMILY EDITION truly takes the reading of classic literature to a whole new level. The app genuinely involves the reader, asking him or her to open letters seen sticking out between pages, strike matches to illuminate dark pages, and even smear his or her own "blood" upon the page. It's a uniquely interactive experience, even among the many imaginative books available on iPad. The inclusion of a classic movie and radio play based on the book (both presented in their entirety) make this more than just an ebook, too -- it's a full-fledged exploration and celebration of the historical impact of a piece of canonical literature.
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