The Berenstain Bears Go on a Ghost Walk

App review by Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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age 4+

Halloween book sends message that too scary isn't much fun.

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age 5+

Strange Halloween tale feels like it's aimed at parents/teens

The narration in these read-along apps is usually very well done, but I don't like this one. The narrator here sounds like they are doing voice-over for a commercial, rather than telling a story. I typically do not like the heavy-handed moralizing in the Berenstain Bears stories, but this one misses the mark even more than usual. The idea that one person's fun may be scary to another would be more relatable to children in a story about children. Perhaps one child wants to do something daring, but the other is nervous about it. Trying to get that message across in a book about an adult getting too into decorating a school charity event for Halloween (including words like "festooned") is a little odd. What is the target age range for this? It's very confusing, and any enjoyment preschoolers and early readers get will be incidental (liking the pictures, or being amused by the Halloween festivities, or just clicking on all the new vocabulary). Accessed through Amazon FreeTime Unlimited. I definitely would pass on buying this.

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