Telling the story of Rapunzel, Tangled: Storybook Deluxe is a fantastic app filled with the fine finishings that Disney is famous for.
Choose to follow along while the narrator guides you through the story, read and explore at your own pace or dive right into the bonus features that let you play with the characters from the story by coloring pictures or solving puzzles.
Even if your child is very familiar with the Tangled movie, this book takes the story a few steps further. Filling in several of the blanks in a way that only words and narration can do, explaining who each character is and describing their behavior in detail. Word highlighting as the narrator reads each page helps children to not only follow along and get a sense of where they are on the page, but also the structure and form of sentences and paragraphs.
The spectacular part of this book is really the in between pages; animations and cells that seem to be straight from the movie itself. This inclusion makes the book familiar for your child right from the start.
What I liked: Disney knows how to make a book into an interactive experience such that you feel like you are a part of the movies that made their characters famous. As you wind your way through the pages of this story you will find considerable animation and details that while subtle, add dimension to the illustrations.
What I didn’t like: The only thing missing from this app is a visual cue (like an arrow or other marker) that makes it easy for little fingers to turn the pages. I find the ‘swipe to change the page’ motion hard for children to master.
To buy or not to buy: If you have a little person in your home that is obsessed with Disney princesses, this is an app that will become a fast favorite!
- App Name: Tangled: Storybook Deluxe
- Version Reviewed: 1.0
- Category: Books
- Developer: Disney Publishing Worldwide Applications
- Price: $6.99