Food Fight! - An Interactive Book by Glenn Melenhorst

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Good message about eating veggies, but so-so delivery.

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Flipping through the pages is easy enough, but some of the app's interactive elements are slow to respond and might be missed if you don't tap the screen a few times or precisely in the right spot -- something young users may not have the patience for.The app does allow you to zoom in and out of a picture by using the pinch and expand your fingers trick. It is easier in a zoomed in mode to find the hidden stars.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Food Fight! - An Interactive Book by Glenn Melenhorst is a short story that attempts to get children to eat more vegetables. Telling the tale with a sausage-eating boy and a boy-eating sausage (though the "boys" he eats appear to be a breakfast cereal) is a clever way to illustrate the picky eater - and both eventually gorge themselves so much on their favorite foods that they agree not to eat them again, eventually developing a love for Brussels sprouts. The book does not presently read its narrativ aloude, so parents or young readers will have to fend for themselves, but the developer says that feature is coming soon. Diligent fans can zoom in on the story's pictures and tap elements to find five hidden stars, unlocking a drawing at the conclusion of the story. Our review is based on the iPhone app; the Android app may have some differences in functionality.

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Is it any good?

Food Fight! - An Interactive Book by Glenn Melenhorst has some charming elements, but ultimately doesn't stand up to the best interactive book apps -- especially with its $1.99 price tag. The story's message that vegetables can actually be tasty and shouldn't be avoided simply because they are vegetables is laudable, particularly with the obesity epidemic, but the app's interactive elements are just so-so, generally made up of brief sound effects and minor animations. Being able to zoom in on the story's pictures is nice, but serves little purpose other than to better search for hidden stars, which unlock a less than impressive locked page at the end of the book. The app is fun, but it is not great when compared to some of the other excellent storybooks available in the iTunes store.

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