Pinocchio for iPad

App review by
Erin Bell, Common Sense Media
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Subtle interactivity for strong readers in English, Italian.

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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

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

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What 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.

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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

  • Device: iPad
  • Price: $3.99
  • Release date: March 17, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Publisher: Elastico Srl
  • Version: 1.0
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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