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Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Mickey's Spooky Night Puzzle Book is a very simple digital story book that includes jigsaw puzzles on several pages (four puzzles in total). It also asks children to look for ghosts hidden on certain pages. The puzzles have six pieces each and are easy to assemble, since they snap into place. The ghosts are easy to find for children who remember to look for them. At the end, the book asks children to match the ghosts with their silhouettes, which may be trickier for young children than the puzzles. Children who are easily scared by Halloween-related content (ghosts, bats, spiders, and skeletons) may find this a little creepy. Characters in the story are scared by things "jumping out" and spooky noises, but it's of the light, cartoon manner you'd expect from a Disney book. Also note that kids who tap the cute little Mickey ears in the corner of each page may end up frustrated when they can't easily get back to the storybook.
Is it any good?
MICKEY'S SPOOKY NIGHT PUZZLE BOOK isn't going to win any awards for quality story telling, but the puzzles and ghost-hunt will entertain most young children. Slightly older kids may enjoy it once or twice, but the difficulty level is very low. Overall, it's a nice treat for a seasonal app and a chance to talk to younger children about the costumes and sights they may experience on Halloween.