A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can practice reading and word recognition.
Ease of Play
The eBook is easy to navigate, but the coloring book activity will be tricky for young kids.
Violence & Scariness
There's some peril in the form of a fire breaking out in the fire station.
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Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This sweet story is best for truck-lovers and fire engine enthusiasts but might not thrill other kids. If you remember Golden Books from your childhood, this tale of a tiny fire engine who feels left out will immediately make you feel as if you've stepped back in time. Indeed, Flick The Little Fire Engine is a classic audio tale from the mid 1900's that has more recently been put into print. The artwork captures the original era of the story via the colors and style, but the effect feels a bit dated, especially when presented on modern-day technology. There's almost no interactivity in the pages as most kids will have come to expect. The coloring pages are taken directly from the artwork in the story, and the small open spaces make them very difficult to work with. Moreover, the coloring tools are tucked in the side menu, so each time kids want to change the color or size of their paint brush they have to open and close a separate menu. However, the recording feature is a nice touch and allows for some personalization. Overall, Flick The Little Fire Engine is a feel-good story and will have appeal for kids who love trucks, but it's just lacking many of the features that make it worth porting to a digital device in the first place.
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