Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this ebook version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer is an abridged retelling of the story that is seen in the classic TV holiday special of the same name. This version retains the sometimes scary (though eventually reformed) monster, but eliminates the part in which you are made to assume that one of the heroes has died. As in the classic story, there are several early moments where Rudolph is teased by his peers, but of course, by the end, they all appreciate him for who he is.
Is it any good?
The RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER ebook app retains a lot of the feel and spirit of the original holiday special on which it is based. The painted art is nicely reminiscent of the puppet animation in the TV special, and the story is as entertaining and heartfelt as ever. While some fans may think it awful that the story was edited in any way, the one bit that was cut out is the scene that was always the most potentially traumatizing for young kids.
As a read-along app, this one works incredibly well, and it's nice that you can tap parts of the illustrations to see the words describing those things. While there are no extras like games or coloring pages, this is the kind of smooth and beautiful app that reminds us that those bells and whistles aren't always necessary for a great book app. One small nit to pick, though: It would have been nice to hear more of the song.