Jack and the Beanstalk 3D

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Chris Morris, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic animation, but at the expense of the story.

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Ease of Play

The story does not automatically begin when users turn the page. To read along with a narrated version of the book, users have to press two different buttons. Navigating from page to page is easy, though, and controlling the onscreen animation is intuitive.

Violence & Scariness

The giant falls to his death when Jack's mother chops down the beanstalk. The giant's famous "Fee-fi-fo-fum!" chant speaks of grinding Jack's bones to make bread.

Sexy Stuff

A list of upcoming stories by the developer is shown at the conclusion of the story.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Jack and the Beanstalk 3D is an animated storybook that retells the classic children's tale. Children control the speed of the on-screen animation by using a slider bar at the bottom of the page. The app is more about the experience than it is the story, though, as you'll have to press an on-screen icon to read or hear each page. (Neither appears automatically.) The app can be viewed in 3D as well, if parents have the old red-and-blue glasses. The app doesn't hide (but also doesn't highlight) the inherent violence in the story, which might be something to consider for very young readers. 

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Is it any good?

Jack and the Beanstalk 3D is a fresh take on a classic children's tale, with bells and whistles aplenty. And what it does, it does quite well. The animations are beautiful. The control given to users over how fast or slow those animations run is engaging. And the background music, from Richard M. Sherman (composer of "It's a Small World"), is charming. We only wish that the story itself was given a little more prominence and the learning potential of the app was better exploited.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: October 28, 2010
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Amazing Books
  • Version: 1.0.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later
  • Last updated: August 25, 2016

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