Lightning Was Here: My Puzzle Book

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Interactive book lets kids record their own voices

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Ease of play

Kids tap arrows to turn the pages, and can complete the jigsaw puzzles by dragging and dropping pieces into place. There's also a mode where the pages turn automatically.

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Consumerism

The story is part of Disney's Cars franchise. A banner ad for other Disney apps runs along the top of the main menu, which contains links to Disney's Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, website, and App Store page, as well as a newsletter sign-up prompt.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Lightning Was Here: My Puzzle Book is an interactive story and puzzle book featuring characters from the Disney/Pixar movie Cars. There's no objectionable content, and like most storybook apps, kids can choose have a narrator read to them or read the story themselves. Words aren't highlighted as they are read.

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In LIGHTNING WAS HERE: MY PUZZLE BOOK, racecar Lightning McQueen takes readers on a tour of Radiator Springs, where they'll meet the town's anthropomorphized car characters like Mater, the tow truck, and Luigi, the mechanic. A visual table of contents lets kids skip to any page, and they can also complete a handful of jigsaw puzzles and collect decals to decorate Lightning's hood. The scenes aren't packed with interactive elements, and although the book is read by a great narrator, words aren't highlighted as they're read. Lightning Was Here does have one very neat feature, though -- a "Record" button that lets kids or their parents narrate the story by recording themselves speaking and playing it back for each page.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$0.99
Release date:December 21, 2011
Category:Books
Publisher:Disney
Version:1.2
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.1 or later

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