Grimm's Red Riding Hood ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic interactive book takes some story liberties.

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Ease of Play

The app uses finger swipes to turn pages, but in the pop-up elements, users must use the arrows at the bottom of the page to progress, which might confuse some of the youngest users.

Violence & Scariness

The wolf swallows Red Riding Hood's grandmother -- and Red Riding Hood -- whole. The wood-cutter in the story snips open the wolf's belly with scissors, fills it with stones and the wolf later dies. (All of this is done in the text, not in the pop-up portions of the book.)

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Grimm's Red Riding Hood ~ 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is, like you might expect, an interactive pop-up book. The app tells the famous Grimm's Brothers story, but takes some liberties with the story (such as the wood cutter is introduced as a frog, who has been transformed by an evil witch). Like the original story, though, there are some violent elements in this version. The wolf eats two characters whole and is eventually cut open with scissors and killed. Still, the story is told in an easy-to-understand fashion and has several active features in the pop-up elements that let young players participate in the story, instead of simply flipping the pages.

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Is it any good?

GRIMM'S RED RIDING HOOD ~ 3D INTERACTIVE POP-UP BOOK is a mouthful of a title, but it's also a rich storybook app that children will enjoy tremendously. The app takes a few liberties with the traditional story, but that makes it a bit more accessible by kids, and like other apps by the developer, it's wonderfully illustrated and filled with fantastic interactive pop-up pages. This time, though, those activities are integrated into the story, making kids feel like they're part of the tale being told.

Users can have the story read aloud to them (with them choosing the pace of the page turns), read it themselves, or watch the story in Autoplay fashion. It has more violent elements than other children's stories, but they're muted enough that kids won't be frightened. 

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release date: July 7, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Size: 28.40 MB
  • Publisher: Ideal Binary, Ltd.
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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