Reviewed by Alison & Mary
When thinking of Thanksgiving with my family I have flashbacks to childhood memories of watching the Charlie Brown Thanksgiving special on television. This brand new app for iOS from Loud Crow Interactive features the dialog, music and sound effects from the original special aired in 1973. The app features narration by Stephen Shea, the voice of Linus Van Pelt. A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving can be read in three different modes: auto-play, read to me, and read myself. The app also includes word highlighting as it is read as well as touch to speak by tapping on specific words to have them re-read. In addition, children can collect leaves, touch and interact with the pages. The characters and objects bounce and wiggle as if on springs if you touch them, there are hidden sound effects, surprises and pull tabs which produce actions and bring the story to life.
The volume of the background music and sound effects can be independently adjusted. There is a page navigation tab allowing children to easily return to their favorite scenes. The app features a “ribbon style” page turning method where you slide your finger across the ribbon to move sequentially through the page until finishing the text, when the traditional page turn corner appears; this all happens automatically in auto-play allowing even the youngest reader to enjoy it. We liked that the parent lock required users to set a clock to a specific time before it would “unlock” the protected parent’s section.
This iOS app is true to the television special and brought back many memories as we shared it with our families. The story is interactive and enjoyable, even for for the youngest of readers just listening as it is read. For those unfamiliar with the story, through a mis-understanding Charlie Brown ends up with a bunch of uninvited guests for Thanksgiving, he can’t cook and is going to his Grandma’s for his own Thanksgiving dinner, so what is he to do? With the help of his friends he pulls together a rather non-traditional Thanksgiving meal. At first some of his guests are not impressed, but they all learn a valuable lesson about what is truly important about Thanksgiving. The interactions on the page bring the story to life and help to engage the readers as well as encouraging them to follow along with the story. There are leaves hidden on every page and we made it a game with our children to see who could find the leaf first, while listening to the story. Mary’s son especially liked all the pull tabs and discovering that if you repeatedly pulled the tabs you could get the animation to repeat quickly. Some of our favorite interactions included Snoopy throwing everything out of the garage when hunting for a table, setting the table for Thanksgiving dinner, making stacks of toast fly and popping popcorn.
This app, like the animated cartoon that inspired it, is sure to become a Thanksgiving classic. It is a great app on many fronts- it inspires nostalgia, and it is a lot of fun; but it also reminds us of what Thanksgiving should truly be about, to quote Marcie “We should be thankful for being together. I think that’s what they mean by Thanksgiving Charlie Brown.”
In summary – this app treats the young and the old to a delightful rendition of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. We loved sharing it with our families and seeing the story brought to life in digital format. Well done!
If you would like to download this app please use this link: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving – Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving - A Peanuts Interactive Classic for All Agesby Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Category: Entertainment, Books
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74
Size: 169.08 MB
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