Green Riding Hood
By Christy Matte,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Unique, mixed take with poison, yoga, healthy foods, ads.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can start to think about healthy choices, both in terms of food and physical fitness. They can learn more about exercise, including yoga. They can also practice their reading by following along with the narrator.
Ease of Play
Easy to navigate with plenty for kids ot explore. Text appears on screen with narration.
Violence & Scariness
The wolf tries to catch and eat the other animals. When he can't, he drugs Grandma with a potion to put her to sleep. The wolf watches TV with short clips showing a zombie/creature and a man firing what appears to be an assault rifle.
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If the full app isn't purchased, the locked chapters are readily apparent but blocked with a multiplication parent gate.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
The wolf creates a potion and drugs Grandma, putting her into a deep sleep.
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What’s It About?
GREEN RIDING HOOD revisits the classic tale with a healthy twist. Grandma teaches yoga to the animals, which makes them healthy and strong. They're so strong, in fact, that the wolf is too slow to catch them for his dinner. Angered, he decides to create a potion that puts Grandma into a deep, indefinite sleep so that the animals can't exercise and he can finally catch them. Green Riding Hood tries to save Grandma with a special juice blend that kids help create, but the wolf intercepts her. What happens to Grandma, Green Riding Hood, and the other animals?
After enjoying the story, kids can do exercises and dance moves along with the wolf and Green Riding Hood. They are timed routines that kids can follow. Grandma also leads kids through yoga poses, although her creative take on them might make them challenging to duplicate. Lastly, kids will find 10 healthy recipes, such as Yogi Tea, Spiced Buckwheat, Egg-Free Omelet, Pear Sandwiches, and Halava.
Is It Any Good?
It seems fitting that a revised fairytale for today would impart a moral of healthy living and eating to kids, but the ads for more content and some creepy moments make it less OK for little kids. With an overall positive message, Green Riding Hood definitely takes the tale to a more relatable place for a lot of young people. It's unfortunate, though, that the tone is so creepy. Although poisoning Grandma is technically not any worse than eating her, it does shift the act from something that would be natural and expected from a wolf to something sinister and pre-planned. And perhaps the violent TV programming he enjoys is meant to reflect his low character, but that seems likely to go over the heads of most kids. If the darkness doesn't give pause, there is a lot to like about the ebook. It has a lot of interactive spots, which is fun, though parents may want to encourage reading through once first so these bits don't distract from the story. The inclusion of recipes is a nice touch, but it would be great if there were some recipes that leaned to a more kid-friendly place, both in terms of ingredients and meal prep. Having kids combine ghee and Brie cheese on bread and then toast it in the oven before adding arugula and pear seems like a stretch for most families. The timed physical activities help drill home the healthy living moral of the story, but in terms of safety, kids will likely need a lot of adult guidance to do the moves correctly. Overall, Green Riding Hood is sort of quirky, but it certainly has lots of personality.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about yoga in real life and in Green Riding Hood. What is yoga? Why would you do it? What are some yoga poses and how can you do them safely?
Talk about healthy eating. What are some healthy foods you have in your home? What makes them healthy? Practice making a healthy meal or side dish together.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: reading, reading comprehension, storytelling
- Skills: Health & Fitness: exercise, fitness, movement
- Pricing structure: Free to try (individual chapters are $0.99 or the whole experience is $1.99)
- Release date: December 31, 2017
- Category: Books
- Topics: Adventures, Book Characters, Wild Animals
- Publisher: Huracan Apps LLC
- Version: 1.3.3
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 10.0 or later; Android 4.2 and up
- Last updated: August 17, 2020
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