Parents' Guide to

MIXUP picture book

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Tying familiar stories in knots is fun but a bit threadbare.

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This mishmash of characters and plots has such potential for fun and creativity, so it's unfortunate that the actual execution underwhelms. MIXUP Picture Book starts from a great premise and uses simple and appealing graphics to illustrate its stories. A couple extra features -- namely, the ability to turn the audio and text narration on or off -- give users nice flexibility in how they want to experience the stories. Kids will likely get a kick out of some of the silly directions in which they can take these stories, mixing the 40 thieves with Little Red Riding Hood or putting the glass slipper on a wolf prince instead of Cinderella. Overall, however, the app's offerings feel sparse. It could be so much more with longer stories, more options, and more crazy combinations. As is, it won't take long for kids to discover all the different twists and turns, and the stories are so short there's just not a lot going on. MIXUP Picture Book is perhaps best used as inspiration for getting creative with storytelling: The app will give you a start, but take the idea and run with it to explore an infinite number of amazing story possibilities.

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