A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Toy Story 3 Read-Along is an interactive storybook based on Disney’s hit film. Free of any dubious content, its story and activities are safe for children even younger than the film’s audience, though some parts of the app may prove a bit challenging for preschoolers to master.
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Is it any good?
TOY STORY 3 READ-ALONG is pricey compared to some other storybook apps, but it offers a good bang for your buck. Kids can choose to read the book on their own or have it read to them by a narrator with words highlighted karaoke-style as they are spoken. A nifty voice-record option lets kids record themselves reading and substitutes their voice in place of the narrator's. (Alternatively, parents leaving on trips may want to consider recording their voices so that their kids can hear them read a story while they’re away.) Some pages have elements kids can interact with, such as a lamp that can be switched on and off, and some are viewable in 3-D -- assuming you’ve stopped by a Disney store to pick up a pair of free 3-D glasses. Other activities include jigsaw puzzles, pictures kids can digitally finger paint, song with highlighted lyrics, and two simple games that let kids control Woody as he hang glides from a paper airplane and Buzz as he “falls with style” across a room. The only issue we encountered was that the app froze three times during the hour we tested it.