Unwanted Guest

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Powerful story told with brilliant animation and narration.





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Ease of play

Turning the pages is easy (and the book can even be set for auto page-turning). The only potential problem is that, when you tilt your device, the letters of the text can shift and spill across the page -- it's a neat effect, but if you don't hold the iPad very still, it can often happen when you don't want it to.

Violence & scariness

No violence at all, but the personification of Poverty can be a somewhat spooky presence in the story.

Sexy stuff

Poverty is depicted as an unclothed giant. While we only see his bare arms and legs, he states in the text that he cannot leave because he is naked.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Unwanted Guest is a folk tale about a poor old man who is visited by a big, naked giant -- the personification of poverty. Poverty continues to grow, until it forces the man out of his own home. He needs to learn a lesson about hard work and industry being the key to ridding oneself of this particular unwanted guest. Be aware that while it is said in the story that Poverty is naked, only his head, arms, and legs are ever seen. The story is wonderfully narrated, but text is not highlighted during the reading, so it may not be as easy for learning readers to follow along.

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The folk tale retold in UNWANTED GUEST is at times eerie, inspirational, and genuinely moving. It may have a rather simplified moral about hard work being the way to fend off poverty, but that point is certainly made well within these virtual pages. The look and style of the app is a perfect companion to the just-as-gorgeous Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross storybook app (also by Moving Tales). As with that previous app, each reading of the story can present you with altered "camera angles," so you see the same illustrations from a different viewpoint. It makes successive readings all the more appealing, which is a good thing in a storybook app that doesn't pack in games or coloring pages as bonus content. This is just a powerful story, well told through a combination of excellent narration and beautiful artwork.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Release date:February 12, 2011
Publisher:Moving Tales, Inc.
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Adult Written byCSM Screen Name... March 11, 2011

A beautifully animated story compelling for all ages

This is a wonderfully written and illustrated story which is engaging for all ages. Highly recommended for its genre busting and inspirational creative content. Can be listened to in three different languages, with the additional option of personal voice recording. Great value. A good story which invites many rereadings.
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