My Little Pony: Best Pet

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Sweet story puts a pony twist on tortoise-and-hare tale.

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Ease of play

Kids tap to turn the page and can use the bar at the top to jump directly to certain pages. They can listen to the story read aloud or read it themselves. Tapping highlighted vocabulary words reads them again, but kids can't tap other text to have it reread.

Violence & scariness

The animals race through a gorge filled with dangers and thorns, and, at one point, Rainbow Dash's feather becomes trapped under a rock. The background music is ominous, and the lighting is dark to reflect the tone.

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Consumerism

A logo link for another MLP story app appears on the start page, but the link is protected by a child-lock screen that requires entering an adult's birth year. This book app ties in to the heavily marketed My Little Pony toy line.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that My Little Pony: Best Pet is an interactive story featuring the My Little Pony crew and their pets. Some of the ponies have traditional pets -- a dog, a cat, and a bunny -- whereas some have "pets" that are more fantastic, such as a baby alligator. Rainbow Dash organizes a race between pet candidates to choose the one that would be her "best pet," and the animals race through Ghastly Gorge, which is a bit dark and may be scary for some kids. Kids can read the story themselves or have it read aloud to them.

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What's it about?

The interactive storybook is based on an episode from My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic called "May the Best Pet Win." Rainbow Dash wants a pet the same as her pony friends have so she can go to their pet playdates. She organizes a contest to choose the best pet -- a fast pet who can fly and who has "coolness, awesomeness, and radicalness." A tortoise wants to enter the race, too, and she lets it. After Rainbow Dash gets trapped under a rock during the race, she learns that the best pet is a compassionate pet who will help her when she needs help.

Is it any good?

MY LITTLE PONY: BEST PET is a combination storybook and mini-show, with the characters delivering some dialogue through the interactive features. The story's scariness level is on par with other My Little Pony stories, ending happily with a positive message about being compassionate and helping others. The interaction is limited to tapping highlighted characters on the screen, triggering them to say their lines. Each page features a highlighted word that can be tapped to hear again. Some sight words are featured at the end of the story with a picture to illustrate the word's meaning, but the words are a mixed bag of beginning words ("dog") and more advanced ("alligator").

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what is involved with taking care of pets. What kinds of animals make good pets, and which are better off in the wild?

  • Ask kids and share your own answer: What do you think would be your "best pet"?

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