iPoe - The Interactive and Illustrated Edgar Allen Poe Collection

Common Sense Media says

Eerie, amusing app captures Poe's spirit but lacks depth.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Well-organized design helps kids quickly find the story they want to read and get started reading.

Violence

Many stories incorporate violence or violent thoughts, as well as horrific scenes.

Sex

A few stories may incorporate romantic elements or themes.

Language

Stories incorporate language with questionable connotations and those designed to scare readers or promote horror.

Consumerism

The app provides links to additional apps from the developer and to the Poe shop.

Privacy & safety

iPoe allows posting to social media and lacks a specific privacy policy.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that iPoe, a spooky app showcasing master of macabre Edgar Allan Poe's short stories, does not make good bedtime reading. Although it accurately captures the mystery and horror of Poe's tales, such as "The Tell-Tale Heart," the background music alone could cause nightmares and other unpleasant thoughts in younger kids. During the day, however, it provides the perfect opportunity to help get kids interested in Poe's stories, taking texts that in their traditional format may seem archaic and overwhelming and making them more accessible to kids -- without changing a single word.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling
  • text analysis

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • prediction
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • imagination

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids who enjoy the macabre will love the eerie background music and interactive animations that spice up this selection of Poe's classic short stories.

Learning Approach

The fun presentation encourages kids to read stories, while a biography and snippets of Poe's sketchbook add a little extra. More features would round out the learning experience. 

Support

The easy-to-navigate design includes links to related apps from the developer and a Poe-related online store.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading
  • reading comprehension
  • storytelling
  • text analysis

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • prediction
  • thinking critically

Creativity

  • imagination

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions

Kids can learn about the mysterious, eerie, and slightly odd world that makes up the stories of Edgar Allen Poe as they explore this interactive and illustrat collection of some of his most well-known texts. With the app's spooky background music, stained pages, and creepy animations, kids will begin to appreciate Poe's masterful writing, although, as the app warns kids at the beginning, walking through the dark path of Poe's stories "may produce undesirable effects on (their) mental health or mood." This illustrated app is a fun way to introduce kids to Poe, but it lacks reading supports or opportunities for critical thinking.

This Learning Rating review was written by Stacy Zeiger

What's it about?

IPOE - THE INTERACTIVE AND ILLUSTRATED EDGAR ALLEN POE COLLECTION introduces kids to four of Edgar Allen Poe's infamous short stories: "The Oval Portrait," "The Tell-Take Heart," "Annabel Lee," and "The Masque of the Red Death." They also have access to a biography of Edgar Allen Poe and a sketchbook of images from the stories. As kids read the four stories, they see the sketches come to life through interactive animations and illustrations. Typically kids can interact with these elements by tapping on them to reveal new pictures or moving them around the page. Eerie background music (which can be turned off) also plays throughout, helping kids get into the proper mood for truly appreciating Poe's work. Kids who find themselves enjoying Poe's work can access additional volumes of short stories through the app or purchase Poe-related items through the accompanying Poe store. They also have the option to share the app with friends through social media to get them interested in reading Poe.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

This collection of Poe's short stories accurately captures the general feel of most of Poe's work. When reading these stories in a more traditional format, kids may miss some of their eeriness and violence. However, they won't miss it when they read the stories within the app. The aged feel of the pages, the eerie background music, the creepy animations, and the warning at the beginning of the book all help kids become thoroughly engrossed in the tales. The animated skeletons, dead bodies, and other shady animations may not appeal to all kids, but those who like a little mystery and horror will appreciate them and hopefully begin to appreciate Poe. However, the lack of narration and other aids to help lower-level readers limits the app's accessibility and may still cause some kids to miss the themes within Poe's work.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how the music, illustrations, and animations add to or take away from the stories. Ask your kids how the stories look in their imaginations. 

  • Read some of Poe's other classic texts, such as "The Black Cat" or "The Raven."

  • Throw a Poe-themed Halloween party, using the stories as inspiration for costumes, food, and decorations.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
Price:$3.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 25, 2013
Category:Books
Topics:Book characters, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires
Size:255.00 MB
Publisher:Play Creatividad
Version:2.9
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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