The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin

 
Interactive book with Halloween theme guides young readers.

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Ease of play

Users can choose to have the book read by the narrator automatically, to flip through pages on their own as the narrator reads, or to simply read it themselves.

Violence & scariness

A mildly scary storm sends three anthropomorphic pumpkins out to sea, never to be seen again.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin is an interactive book with a minor Halloween theme that's safe for young children. It helps beginning readers learn to read by highlighting words as they are read, while those too young to read can watch and listen as the book reads itself.

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THE LEGEND OF SPOOKLEY THE SQUARE PUMPKIN, a book suitable for kindergartners and preschoolers, is about a cube-shaped pumpkin who is sad it is a different shape than the round pumpkins around him. However, when a storm comes up, he finds his squarish shape is an advantage because it keeps him from rolling around, and he is able to plug a hole in the fence that other pumpkins have been rolling through and then falling over a cliff into the sea. The moral is that its okay and sometimes even advantageous to be different. It's not quite as memorable a tale as other books that have found their way to Apple's devices, but kids should like it.

Like many other book apps for kids, this one can be set to automatically flip pages as a narrator reads the story. Slightly older kids can try to read each page themselves and tap on the text, the words of which light up when read by the narrator, for help when they get stuck. Young ones will appreciate being rewarded with squeaks and sounds of crashing thunder when they touch pictures of bugs and bolts of lightning. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:$1.99
Release date:September 27, 2010
Category:Books
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Version:1.08.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0, Android 2.1 and up

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