Pinocchio for iPad



Subtle interactivity for strong readers in English, Italian.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Kids tap the bottom corners of the screen to turn pages, and shake the device to see a unique table of contents.

Violence & scariness

Pinocchio throws a hammer at a talking cricket, who stops making noise (implying that it's dead). A snake laughs itself to death. Pinocchio is swallowed by a giant fish with a huge mouth and rows of jagged teeth, which might be scary to very young children.

Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Not applicable

The final page of the book includes a link to the developer's website.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Pinocchio is an interactive version of the classic children's tale by Italian author Carlo Collodi about the puppet who wishes to become a real boy. There's no voice-over or read-along, so parents will need to read the book to younger children. There are plenty of elements to interact with on each page, and kids can toggle the text between English and Italian.

User reviews

Parents say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Kids say

Not yet rated
Review this title!

Is it any good?


PINNOCHIO's interactive illustrations have a similar look and feel to Alice for the iPad, with objects that can be dragged or shaken. These interactions are often playful and subtle. For example, the block of wood on Geppetto's work desk giggles if tapped on (this, of course, is the block of wood later turns into the puppet Pinocchio). Later kids can put the puppet together by tapping the correct places on the wood block to make facial features and limbs. Younger kids will need some help making their way through the novel since there's no "Read to Me" setting.

App details

Release date:March 17, 2011
Publisher:Elastico Srl
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

This review of Pinocchio for iPad was written by

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are conducted by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.


Our star rating assesses the media's overall quality.

Find out more

Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

Find out more

About our buy links

When you use our links to make a purchase, Common Sense Media earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes. As a nonprofit organization, these funds help us continue providing independent, ad-free services for educators, families, and kids while the price you pay remains the same. Thank you for your support.
Read more

See more about how we rate and review.

About Our Rating System

The age displayed for each title is the minimum one for which it's developmentally appropriate. We recently updated all of our reviews to show only this age, rather than the multi-color "slider." Get more information about our ratings.

Great handpicked alternatives

Top advice and articles

What parents and kids say

See all user reviews

Share your thoughts with other parents and kids Write a user review

A safe community is important to us. Please observe our guidelines

There aren't any reviews yet. Be the first to review this title.


Did our review help you make an informed decision about this product?

Star Wars Guide