A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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Products & Purchases
A list of upcoming stories by the developer is shown at the conclusion of the story.
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.
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.
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