Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Engaging book/game combo for young Nemo fans.

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Educational Value

Young kids can learn to complete puzzles and practice reading and speaking with Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book. Through simple learning games embedded in the story, kids can learn basic investigation skills ("If I tap this, maybe that will happen") and practice prediction. Kids can listen to the story spoken by a narrator, read, or record it themselves; however, the words don't highlight as they are read, nor can kids hear them spoken aloud by touching them. The story told on the app helps kids learn perseverance. For young kids, this app presents small but important lessons and skills such as solving puzzles and persevering.

Ease of Play

Generally intuitive to play. Parents can change settings to auto-turn pages if very young kids can't press the arrows to do so. If a child doesn't see which items are "fish tank treasures" to collect during the first time through the story, shadow figures will clue them in on the last page, and then a prompt instructs them to go back and find more. But this book doesn't highlight the words as they are spoken, nor does it let kids hear words when touched.

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The Disney Pixar logos appear on the initial intro screen and storybook title page. Click on the mouse ears in the corner and a promo screen with info about other Disney-related apps and tickets for the 3-D Nemo movie pops up along with the ability to change the settings for this storybook. This is an app that tells the story of the Finding Nemo movie, and as such, can be seen as an advertising vehicle for that movie.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Finding Nemo: My Puzzle Book turns a read-aloud book into an interactive puzzle and seek-and-find game for preschoolers. The modern-day classic story of the brave little fish's return to the sea from a fish tank in a dentist's office will be delightfully familiar to Disney fans of the Finding Nemo movie, while the added puzzles and games add a new twist.

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Kid, 11 years old March 29, 2011

What's it about?

Kids listen to the directions on the first page of the book and start listening to the story. If parents want to read the book to kids, have the kid read, record it themselves, or change puzzle difficulty, they'll need to change that in the settings first. Then, kids simply tap the arrows to flip pages and tap objects on the screen, like seaweed or a fish, to find the interactive puzzles. Young fans of the Finding Nemo movie will likely love the book/game combo on this app.

Is it any good?

Colorful illustrations makes FINDING NEMO: MY PUZZLE BOOK pop, and the drama of the original story isn't lost on the small screen. The puzzles and seek-and-find game interspersed throughout the story keep kids engaged. One of the app's options allows you to record yourself or your child reading the story, while other options enable you to change puzzle difficulty, auto-turn pages, and scroll through the story to find a specific page.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Help kids who can read record their own voice reading the story.

  • Talk about how Nemo had to persevere to get back to his family. In simple terms, share a situation when you had to persevere to reach a goal or overcome an obstacle, and ask your kid to share the same with you.

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