It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

 
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App version doesn't live up to quality of Halloween classic.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Turning individual pages as well as finding specific points in the story using the visual table of contents is easy. That said, the pages are organized in groups, and once kids read to the end of a group of pages, the app seems to get stuck there for a longer period of time than on other pages. Also, some of the interactive features are a little buggy.

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Consumerism

To get some of the costume options for their avatars, they have to spend "coins" or "candy." Players are given some to start, but more must be purchased with in-app purchases ranging from $.99 to $29.99. The app is priced at $4.99. There are promos for the DVD of the same name and for other app storybooks by the developer, right next to the hints to "earn more candies" within the story.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

Users can connect to Facebook to share images of the pumpkin carvings they make with the app.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy

What Kids Can Learn

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Emotional Development

  • empathy

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown wasn't created with educational intent, and we don't recommend it for learning.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android
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

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