iReading - Little Red Riding Hood

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Gruesome tale performed in broken, accented English.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 3+
Based on 4 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Ease of Play

It's very easy for young kids to turn the storybook pages, but following along with the written text may be more difficult than it should be due to the problems with mispronunciation, missing text, and heavily accented reader.

Violence

This is not a sanitized version of the old folk tale. The wolf swallows Little Red and her grandmother alive (though this is not shown in the artwork). The huntsman cuts the wolf's stomach open with scissors to release them (and you see the scissors cutting through the wolf's flesh). The huntsman then puts two rifle bullets into the gutted, but still alive wolf (you see him point his rifle at the wounded animal, and hear the reader say "BANG! BANG!"). A second wolf attacks Little Red and Grandma, but they drown it (that wolf is shown falling headfirst into a trough of water).

Sex
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Consumerism

As soon as the story is done, kids will be taken to a shopping screen where they can buy more story apps from the same publisher.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that iReading - Little Red Riding Hood presents children with a very Grimm -- and grim -- version of the beloved fairy tale. Not only is the violence not sanitized in any way, but some excessive cruelty seems to be added in -- like the hunter shooting the wounded, immobile wolf as point blank range. Of more concern, however, may be the voiceover reading, which is performed with heavy Japanese accents and contains some grammatical missteps that are not in the written text.

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Kid, 12 years old March 12, 2011
you no the story of little riding hood and the wolf so little vilonce but other thoughts there going to want to buy another reading app but the have other like... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byimjustwondering March 27, 2011

off from 2-9 yrs of age

itof little red riding hoods unecessary violence i know the real story doesnt end pretty but you give the five year a imagination of happiness and when they get... Continue reading

Is it any good?

There are several read-along storybook apps available, including multiple versions of this very fairy tale, so its best to avoid  iREADING - LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD . First of all, this re-telling of the story may be historically accurate in its disturbing tone and violent imagery, but it feels like a version that would be of more interest to students of folklore than to kindergartners learning to read today. A bigger problem, though, is the difficulty new readers may have following along, thanks to the heavily accented reader and the grammatical errors in the voiceovers. The artwork is admittedly quite beautiful, but making a read along software program in which the written text doesn't always match the spoken words is about as bad as you can get.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $0.99
  • Release date: November 18, 2009
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: CLT Studio
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iPhone OS 3.0 or later

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