Megamind - Storybook App

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Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Nice-looking book app plays soundbites from the film.

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Ease of Play

Following along with the narrator is simple, thanks to the highlighting of the text, and a blinking diamond shows kids exactly where to tap in order to activate soundbites and animations.

Violence & Scariness

There are super-powered fights and explosions in the story, but these are only depicted in the e-book with still pictures in a cartoony manner.

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This storybook is a retelling of the plot of the animated movie, Megamind, illustrated with shots and soundbites from the movie. It feels like a promotion for the movie.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Megamind - Storybook App retells the plot to the film, Megamind, in very basic, easy-to-understand language. The illustrations are all images from the film, and while no fights are visually depicted, there is one still picture illustration showing an explosion. The story centers around an alien supervillain who believes (incorrectly) that he has destroyed his arch-nemesis, Metro Man. With no one to challenge him, he tries to create a new hero, but the human he gives powers to is more interested in villainy than heroism. With the city in danger, Megamind himself decides that he must be the hero. The tale is one of redemption, with a lesson about how people can change their ways.

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Is it any good?

Since it uses still shots straight from the animated film, MEGAMIND- STORYBOOK APP has great-looking, vivid illustrations. And the narration is appropriately corny in its exaggerated superhero-movie-ness. But while each page has an interactive element, most of those are only quick sound clips from the movie. Some of those soundbites are humorous lines that enhance the story experience, while others feel sort of random and don't add much. Several are just sound effects. Overall, this is a decently put together storybook app, but the story itself is simply a recap of the movie and feels a little bit too much like promotional material rather than a true storybook.

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