What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jingle All the Way is a storybook app that was created to be used in conjunction with a special interactive toy sold by Hallmark stores. The plush dog toy will bark and howl at certain points in the story if it is nearby while the app is being used. The doll is in no way necessary to enjoy the app, but the app does make a good pitch for buying the toy. Outside of that, there's nothing likely to be considered objectionable or problematic in the app.
Is it any good?
As an app unto itself, JINGLE ALL THE WAY is a cute and likable storybook with some fun bonus features (a nice selection of jigsaw puzzles and a playable xylophone that lets out dog barks instead of the regular tinny bong-bong tones of such an instrument). The story is a simple but child-pleasing one, about a stray dog that befriends a class of children outside a school (and is eventually adopted by one student). It's illustrated with lovely posed-toy photographs reminiscent of the old holiday specials of the sixties. But the app does contain a bona fide commercial for a toy that's meant to interact with that very app -- something that definitely needs to be kept in mind before downloading.