Parents' Guide to

Red Riding Hood

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 5+

Alternative plot twists give clever update to classic.

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It's fun to revisit a classic fairy tale and experiment with different endings, and kids who don't need pictures will especially enjoy this kid-directed app. Most of the story paths and endings are engaging, and there's a good enough variety to really make kids feel as though they are controlling the story. Red Riding Hood also has wonderful voice actors that bring the story to life. This becomes particularly important because the story is almost totally text-based; there are no traditional illustrations. Instead, kids read along as the text unfolds on the screen, somewhat in the style of a text-message conversation. This lack of images may disappoint some kids, and it probably won't take long to explore all the story paths, so kids will need to have an interest in the story itself to feel like it's worth revisiting. However, having kids explore different sides of a story, see how plot twists play out, and make choices -- all while honing early reading skills -- gives the experience value. If your kids want to give it a try, test the free download first to see how captivated they are by this storytelling style before you commit to a purchase. If they love it, there's also a version of Hansel and Gretel available.

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