My Little Pony: Fluttershy's Famous Stare

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Slightly scary tale glorifies intimidating stare.

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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. Kids can listen to the story read aloud or read it themselves. Tapping the highlighted vocabulary reads them again, but kids can't tap other text to have it reread.

Violence & Scariness

The young target audience might find a half-chicken/half-snake creature who can turn characters into stone with its stare scary. At one point, Fluttershy is turned halfway to stone while the Cockatrice stares at her. Also, the dark forest setting and sound effects accompanying Fluttershy's controlling stare could be scary as well.

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A link to other apps is protected behind a parent 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: Fluttershy's Famous Stare is a storybook app featuring My Little Pony characters Fluttershy and the Cutie Mark Crusaders. The Cutie Mark Crusaders are young ponies looking for their special talent that will become their cutie mark on their bodies, and Fluttershy is a shy Pegasus with a stare that can control other creatures. She uses the stare to control her own chickens and then to scare off a cockatrice, which is a half chicken-half snake creature that looks like a dragon with a chicken head. The story illustrations get dramatically darker as the story gets scary, and the sound effects are eerie, especially those accompanying Fluttershy's stare. It ends happily enough, though, with the ponies and chickens playing together with no cockatrice in sight. Parents can track how much of the book kids have read, which words they've tapped, and other details in the parent section.

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What's it about?

The Cutie Mark Crusaders hope to discover their special talents and get their marks while at a sleepover with Fluttershy. The fillies have plenty of ideas about what their special talents might be, but get lots of warnings from Fluttershy about scary creatures and not breaking things. They end up encountering everything Fluttershy warns them against, but in the end, she uses her stare to save them. Kids can read the story themselves or have it read to them. After the story, kids can review the vocabulary highlighted in the story.

Is it any good?

For a storybook app, MY LITTLE PONY: FLUTTERSHY'S FAMOUS STARE is minimally interactive. Most pages have one interactive feature -- tapping a character to hear them say or do whatever was described on that page. There's nothing else to explore in the illustrations, and kids can only tap the highlighted vocabulary to hear it again. Though the story is dark and a bit scary, it's on par with the My Little Pony shows, which sometimes feature ominous happenings. The overall message is described as the fillies learning the importance of listening and patience, but it comes across more intimidation and fear.

 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Assure kids that there's no such thing as a cockatrice and that they can't be controlled by a stare.

  • While a stare can't really control someone, parents sometimes use "the look" to communicate with kids. Ask kids if they've ever noticed you or another adult giving "the look." How did that make them feel?

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