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The Amazing Spider-Man: An Origin Story

By Jonathan H. Liu, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Some violent themes in picture book aimed at young fans.

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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: AN ORIGIN STORY takes the familiar tale of Peter Parker and turns it into a picture book with interactivity. The artwork is well done and really looks like a kids' picture book rather than a comic book, and the text is simplified to be more suitable for younger readers. However, because the origin story still involves the shooting death of Uncle Ben (described, but not pictured), younger children may still find it too scary. And, of course, even though Spider-Man is a hero, he still resolves things through punching and fighting. However, the book, like the comic, stresses the famous tagline: "With great power comes great responsibility."

The book does include various simple interactive elements, as well as some simple mini-games that relate to the story. However, perhaps the most significant element of the book is that the narration is read by Stan Lee himself, creator of Spider-Man. His reading of the book is enthusiastic and charming, and parents who are fond of Spider-Man may really enjoy listening along with their kids.

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Release date: December 9, 2011
  • Category: Books
  • Topics: Superheroes
  • Publisher: Disney
  • Version: 1.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.0 or later
  • Last updated: August 19, 2016

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