A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids may work on their reading and reading comprehension skills, but without narration, that may be limited. Kids may also be encouraged to think creatively.
Ease of Play
Easy to navigate overall, including a fun map to get from chapter to chapter. Lacking narration.
Violence & Scariness
Mild violence and peril, including a number of different monsters, some of whom are unfriendly.
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Products & Purchases
Each chapter has a link to an activity on the website. It's blocked by a parent gate, but the activities are heavily pushed.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This creative tale will appeal to some kids with a sense of adventure, and an unusual set of characters, but note that there are no reading supports at the time of review. It's always nice to find something that isn't just the same old story, and the corresponding activities look like they'll be fun for kids who have a grown-up with some free time. By conscious development choice, the app lacks interactivity through most of the tale, so kids shouldn't expect lots of content to tap. And when suddenly there are a couple of in-app activities toward the end, they seem out of place. There's no narration, making it less accessible for a range of ages and skills. Though it lacks some features that many parents expect in an ebook, there is a great focus on offscreen adventures and learning, which is appealing in its own right.
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