The Peanuts Movie Official Storybook App

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Lisa Caplan, Common Sense Media
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Meet characters, get positive messages in companion story.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn a positive message, read independently or with narration, and be creative with coloring and drawing tools. Overall, the reading features are nothing special, though kids can read along with highlighted text to practice early reading skills. The coloring pages, too, offer some shallow opportunities to be creative, and the provided tools are fun -- especially the glitter. The real learning, however, comes from Charlie Brown's struggle to be a "winner" and the positive feedback he gets from his friends in the end. He's kind, brave, honest, and determined. Coming from characters whom kids love, the messages in The Peanuts Movie Official Storybook App can be powerful, especially with some family discussion.

Ease of Play

The book and coloring pages require no instruction, but the narration stops when kids touch the screen.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Peanuts Official Storybook App is an ebook that ties in to The Peanuts Movie currently in theaters. The bulk of the app uses the 3-D animation-style illustrations from the movie, and the 19-page story is very similar to the film but not an exact play by play. In addition to the story, this has six Peanuts-themed coloring pages and drawing tools. For details about the kind of information the app collects and shares. read the privacy policy.

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What's it about?

As always Charlie Brown can't seem to win in THE PEANUTS MOVIE OFFICIAL STORYBOOK APP no matter what he tries. But despite his limited success flying a kite or getting good grades, he is honest, kind, and caring. Unlike many of the older Peanuts cartoons, there is redemption for Charlie Brown in the end, and he's celebrated for inner traits rather than accomplishments. Kids are free to read the 19-page book on their own, or they can listen to a narrator and watch the text as each word spoken is highlighted in sync. There are also six coloring pages with a host of drawing tools to add a creative element to the package.

Is it any good?

This introduction to the Peanuts gang features characters that look just like they do in the film, excellent narration, and fun coloring pages, but it won't have much replay value. The strongest selling point is its message: You don't have to do great things to be a winner. Instead, it's all about who you are. In terms of navigation, it's definitely easy to get around the app, but some kids will want to touch the screen while listening, which stops the audio; they'll have to start that page all over again if they want to continue. Also, there are no touch points, animation, or interactivity on the digital pages, and though the coloring pages are fun and again look good, you get very few. So, though there aren't a ton of features, it's a cute app with a positive message that will definitely appeal to fans.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about why Charlie Brown feels like a "winner" in the end. What choices does he make that impress his friends? Why are his traits admirable?

  • Talk about the Peanuts characters and their pop-cultural significance. Why are they still popular? Which one is your kid's favorite? Why?

  • Discuss why the book and movie are appealing, even though there's very little action.

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