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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS by Loud Crow Interactive Kirkus Star


developed by Loud Crow Interactive by Charles M. Schulz illustrated by Charles M. Schulz

Age Range: 3 - 9

Pub Date: Nov. 17th, 2011
Publisher: Loud Crow Interactive

Loaded with interactive gems and rich features, this adaptation takes the beloved 1965 television special to soaring new heights.

In this nostalgic offering, all 18 of the illustrated pages come directly from the TV special, but they’ve been enhanced by a plethora of interactive features—many of which “unlock” rewards that can later be used to adorn a Christmas tree. Rather than simply animating the story, this version allows readers to animate it themselves—an absolute triumph in terms of unleashing the creative potential of tablet devices. A pop-up piano keyboard prompts readers to play along with Guaraldi’s original tunes; tapping Snoopy sends him to decorate his doghouse; touching characters elicits musical “oohs” that collectively form a carol. Peter Robbins (the original voice of Charlie Brown) narrates the story, but all dialogue is provided by audio clips from the original television special. Slidable tabbed footers display the text, which is highlighted word for word with the narration. At the end of the book, readers are provided with a summary of the “rewards” they’ve earned and overlooked, and they are also offered additional tree regalia as an in-app purchase. The recently released version 2.0 contains a “director’s cut” that adds three previously excluded scenes.

An unparalleled holiday treasure. If Santa could only deliver one app this Christmas, he’d be wise to select this one. (iPad storybook app. 3-9)