A lot or a little?
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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a sweet storybook app featuring the storyline and characters from the 1966 Peanuts television special of the same name. Many parents will recognize the original music and voices from the animated classic. Some of the extra activities are a bit buggy, which could frustrate kids. One activity lets kids dress up their own Peanuts character, but in-app purchases are required for some of the costumes.
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What's it about?
Kids use the retro turntable on the opening page to turn the story narration and music on or off. While reading, kids can tap each word to see it highlighted and hear it read aloud. Kids tap characters and objects to see them move or shake (or, in the case of falling leaves, transform from cartoon leaves to realistic-looking ones). There are bonus activities including dressing up a Peanuts character avatar in costume, carving a pumpkin, and collecting candy.
Is it any good?
There's no doubt that IT'S THE GREAT PUMPKIN, CHARLIE BROWN is beautifully illustrated and includes classic voices and music that are sure to delight many Peanuts fans. It's a sweet Halloween story that's not scary, which makes it great for younger kids. And being able to dress up a Peanuts character avatar who shows up next to the other characters on some pages is a fun touch.
However, parts of the app -- especially the in-app purchases for some costumes, the hit-or-miss interactivity, and the occasional difficulty turning pages -- could make the storybook frustrating for some kids. The story is so good, we shouldn't really care that portions of the app are either boring or buggy. But it simply doesn't live up to the quality that Snoopy and Friends deserve. As long as you can overlook the flaws and just enjoy the story, this app is a Halloween treat -- just don't get tricked by the in-app purchases or expect perfection.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Skills: Emotional Development: empathy
- Price: $4.99
- Release date: October 13, 2012
- Category: Entertainment
- Topics: Holidays
- Size: 202.00 MB
- Publisher: Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
- Version: 1.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later; Android 2.3.3 and up
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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