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Weirdwood Manor

App review by
Patricia Montic..., Common Sense Media
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Solve puzzles, explore rich visuals in cool storybook.

Parents say

age 7+
Based on 1 review

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about embracing differences, practice problem-solving, and read an engaging story. With the option to have the story read or to read it themselves, kids can work on reading skills, and the puzzles offer some opportunities to work out problems. Though there's no explicit educational content, it serves up a fascinating story and fun interactive features with a strong message.

Ease of Play

Tons of on-screen help and straightforward navigation. Sometimes difficult to find the hidden objects.

Violence & Scariness

Some imagery from Oliver's drawings -- especially the dragon -- might be a little scary for younger kids, but there's nothing overtly violent here.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

Unless you buy a premium package, each new installment costs another $2.99 for access.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Weirdwood Manor is an interactive fantasy storybook that follows three remarkable children as they're invited to the home of a mysterious benefactor. One character has been removed from several foster families after mysterious things have happened to him; adoptive and foster families may want to think carefully about whether the themes will be upsetting or reassuring to their children. Since each additional chapter costs another $2.99 and the premium package is $8.99, parents will need to decide how much to invest ahead of time. Read the app's privacy policy to find out about the types of information collected and shared.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byKrystalJGK September 24, 2018

Great read! Lots of fun!

This was a really fun app/story to read through with my daughter. It ends in a cliffhanger and the second part of the story that was supposed to be out last yea... Continue reading

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What's it about?

WEIRDWOOD MANOR is a digital storybook that follows three children -- Oliver, Celia, and Eugene -- with remarkable abilities as they journey to the home of the reclusive and mysterious Arthur Weirdwood and experience a series of adventures along the way. Kids can read with or without audio guidance, and each screen features clickable, interactive features that let kids peel back the pages of the story, unlocking clues, solving puzzles, and collecting information for their digital notebooks. The notebook and some on-screen clues measure your progress through the book, and they help you track how many hidden items you've discovered as you read. Since the books take up some space, you can choose to download them to your device one at a time and restore previous purchases later on, if you like.

Is it any good?

A cross between Harry Potter and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, this ebook puzzler is a unique, enchanting experience. Though it's part ebook, it also feels like a highly replayable game in that kids can reach the end of a chapter and discover that there's still more to unlock. It's sometimes difficult to find the hidden objects and puzzles in the pages, but kids can go back and try again if they miss some. Keep in mind that some of these themes and images might be upsetting to some kids. In only the first few pages, Oliver reveals that he's about to be sent away from yet another foster family, and he's threatened by a very scary dragon. Although friendship and embracing uniqueness are at the story's core, there's some sadness and frustration along the way that might make this app a great fit for families reading and playing together. Regardless, these top-notch visuals and strong story make this storybook a worthy and wonderful addition to your digital library. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about all the different types of media to read. How is it different to read a digital, interactive book such as this one rather than a traditional book? What are the pros and cons of each?

  • Oliver, Celia, and Eugene all have special gifts that make them different. Talk about how it's important to celebrate the things you're good at.

  • Some of the themes in this story might be unfamiliar or new to some kids, such as Oliver's life with his foster families. If this theme is something that might be sensitive for your kids, read it first. Then, reassure your child that Oliver's story is fantasy, not real life.

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