Frozen: Storybook Deluxe

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Awesome interactive adaption of movie only missing songs.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn to read for enjoyment. They can practice their own reading skills, including reading aloud, and hear themselves immediately. They'll learn about about characters and see how different characters may have different interpretation of the same events. The plot and conflict and character development all make for great examples of good storytelling and demonstrate the characteristics of a story. Frozen: Storybook Deluxe can help kids learn about perspective-taking as they practice reading skills.

Ease of Play

The interactive story format is easy for preschoolers to maneuver, as are the snow globe and the free-draw function. The puzzles are a bit tricky and may require some adult guidance.

Violence & Scariness

The storybook is not as dramatic as the movie, but the background music does heighten the drama of the scenes when Elsa shoots icy blasts from her hands and is arrested and jailed. Interactive images show some characters being frozen by Elsa's blasts. The climax includes one character swinging a sword and striking one of the princesses.

Sexy Stuff

Two characters lovingly embrace and, when the interactive is touched, make a kissing "smack" sound, but no actual kiss is seen.

Language
Consumerism

Links to other Disney apps are featured behind a passcode-protected parent screen. Also, there are many products related to the film this book is based on, including dolls and other toys.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Frozen: Storybook Deluxe is an excellent rendition of the hugely popular Disney movie Frozen. The drama doesn't play out as frighteningly in the book as it does on the big screen, so it could serve as a good introduction for younger kids before they watch the movie. The entire plot is included, as are interactive features for kids to explore. They can listen to the story read in the same voices as in the movie, or they can record their own voices (or you can record yours). There's also a drawing activity that mimics the icy creations Elsa makes and a matching puzzle exercise. The background music is lovely, too. The only thing missing are the sing-along songs.

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Teen, 16 years old Written byAnimationReview... June 2, 2018

Fun for frozen fans

This is pretty good I like how if you turn the pad you like both sides of to the tale, little kids will find it fun to listen to also you can create snowflakes... Continue reading

What's it about?

This interactive storybook retells the story of Elsa and Anna almost exactly as it happens in the movie, with a few details (such as the parents' death) skipped over. Kids choose either READ or PLAY to start. They can listen as the story is read aloud to them, or they can record themselves reading. Pages include some interactive animations and clips from the movie. On some pages, an icon on the bottom right of the screen prompts kids to rotate the device to hear the other sister's side of the story. In the PLAY section, kids can match pieces of broken ice to reveal a scene from the book, or they can draw with ice blasts like the ones Elsa creates to create scenes in a snow globe.

Is it any good?

Frozen fans will love exploring the story again with this interactive book. They may miss singing along with the songs, but being able to record their own voices reading may make up for that. The narration is excellent, and the images are right from the movie, including some actual scenes. It's a really large app (at 800 MB) because of the images included, but it still moves easily between pages. Once kids have recorded themselves reading a page, they'll need a parent to unlock the settings and choose "narration" instead of "my narration" to go back to hearing the original narrator read the story.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Preschoolers may need help matching the pieces in the puzzle game.

  • Talk to kids about the two sisters' points of view and how there are many sides to every story.

  • Discuss Anna and Elsa's relationship and how Anna was tricked into thinking Hans loved her.

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