What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Penguins of Madagascar: Read & Play is a fully-stocked app that comes with two read-along stories, a read-along joke book, and several mini-games. The stories, while cute, are based on episodes of the Penguins TV show, though. They also feature several full-motion video clips from the series. Also, be aware that there are instances of mildly crude humor, including several references to a male character's "big booty."
Is it any good?
The read-along stories in THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR: READ & PLAY may be adaptations of TV cartoon episodes, but they're still fun -- and beautifully presented in an easy-to-use format. The mini-games section, which includes mazes, coloring pages, scene-building "sticker" sets, and a do-it-yourself kaleidoscope, feels like enough to be an app unto itself. When you add the two full-length storybooks to it, there's no denying this is a well-stocked package. The joke book leaves a bit to be desired (though kids will likely laugh at it even if their parents are groaning), but that's only one small part of this otherwise quite good app.