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The Good Dinosaur: Storybook Deluxe

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Minimally interactive ebook; movie intensity, wonder endure.

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Magnificent graphics and an emotional soundtrack are the shining features in this otherwise simple digital storybook with minimally interactive features. There's lots of wonderful eye candy, from realistic rainfall to wondrous fireflies. The dramatic music, roaring dinosaurs, and growling critters add intensity. Each page also has a touch of interactive content; though some are more exciting than others, these features are mostly underwhelming. The eight games are likely to appeal to kids and are well integrated but are also very simplistic and don't add much to the story. Many of the heart-racing battles are not quite as scary here because they've been turned into games, which puts kids in charge. One exception is the moment where Arlo's father is swept away in a flood, which is still incredibly terrifying. For kids who saw the movie, it's a nice way to continue the cinematic magic, and for kids who want to see the movie, it can be a way to ease them in to the many intense and potentially scary moments.

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