The Smurfs Movie Storybook - Children's Book

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Abridged story is cute but lacks pizazz, interactivity.

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Ease of Play

The app uses an intuitive interface to navigate through the story. There is no way to leave and re-enter the story in the same spot.

Violence & Scariness

The story is generally mild, but does contain some scenes with situations that could be scary for younger children.

Sexy Stuff

The app is commercial by nature due to the tie-in to The Smurfs movie, but it also contains links to purchase other apps from the same publisher.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Smurfs Movie Storybook is an abridged version of story in the 2011 The Smurfs movie with little interactivity. The book can be set so you can read the story yourself, hear a narrated version of the story while turning the pages, or hear the narrated version with automatically turned pages. The story has some moments of mild peril, but will be tame for most kids. There is some use of magic and an evil wizard. The app also includes several "spot the difference" puzzles that may be challenge for very young kids.

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Is it any good?

THE SMURFS MOVIE STORYBOOK is a cute way to bring home the fun of the movie. Unfortunately, the story is watered down, and the lack of interactive elements is disappointing. On the other hand, kids can enjoy the book on their own whether or not they can read. They will also enjoy the "spot the difference" puzzles, but there are only three of those. The value of this app is going to come down to whether or not your kids are fans of the Smurfs.

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