Review: Charlie Brown’s All-Stars iPad Storybook App

Charlie Browns All-Stars iPad app

Who doesn’t love Charlie Brown? Here’s some good news for anyone who didn’t answer ‘me’ to that question. Charlie Brown’s All-Stars is a brand new iPad storybook app that celebrates friendship, team spirit, and the ultimate underdog when it comes to baseball teams and players.

This app is published by Loud Crow, makers of the wonderful ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ iPad storybook app – a long-time favorite of mine and a selection in our list of the Best iPad Apps of 2012. It’s a nice addition to their growing series of Peanuts storybooks apps for the iPad.

Like most good iPad storybook apps, you can choose to read the book yourself or have it read to you. In this case, it’s not just any old narrator though – it is read by Stephen Shea, the voice of Linus in the classic TV airings of Peanuts. It also includes voices and music from the original animated TV special that aired in 1968.

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Moving Christmas: an Instant Favorite iPad Storybook App

Moving Christmas iPad Storybook

Moving Christmas is a great new holiday-themed iPad storybook app. Here’s the quick plot summary for the story:

When Santa’s workshop at the North Pole falls victim to the effects of climate change, Claus and company need a hero: someone to help the village and save Christmas!

Santa chooses an unlikely partner to help him out of the disastrous situation – Frank Duffy, Mover of the Impossible. It turns out Duffy has never moved people before or done much of anything to recommend him, other than appear on The Nice List every year since his birth. Santa chooses him anyway and the race is on to get Santa and his elves and workshop and the whole operation in time to save Christmas.

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Notable New iPad Apps: It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown

It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown iPad app

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is a new iPad interactive storybook app that’s a re-imagined version of the classic Peanuts Halloween special.

While Linus and Sally wait for the Great Pumpkin, you can create your own Peanuts character and join Charlie Brown at his first-ever Halloween party! Choose from millions of hilarious costume combinations and dress up to trick-or-treat with Lucy, Pigpen and the rest of the gang. Carve your own pumpkin, play a little ditty on Schroeder’s piano and bob for apples with Snoopy — just watch out for dog germs, blech!

The app features narration by the original voice of Charlie Brown, Peter Robbins and digitally remastered illustrations, and voices, dialog and music from the 1966 original TV special.

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Quick Look: The Wrong Book iPad Storybook

The Wrong Book iPad storybook

The Wrong Book is a fun, short iPad storybook title. It’s an iPad version of the printed title of the same name by Nick Bland.

* Spoiler Alert – this is a short, simple story – so in doing this quick review I giveaway just about the entire plot. So stop reading now if that’s going to ruin the storybook for you.

The lead character in the story is a lad called Nicholas Ickle and, as you may have guessed from the title, it’s all about his efforts to correct things that are going wrong or interrupting his tale. Things being the key word.

Nicholas doesn’t even quite manage to finish saying ‘This book is about’ before discovering an elephant smack in the middle of the page. A trumpeting elephant in fact.

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FarFaria for iPad Offers ‘A Magical Place Where Stories Live’ – and Disappoints

FarFaria

Children’s Stories – FarFaria offers a new and original take on storybooks for children on the iPad. It provides access to a large and ever-growing selection of stories for young children at a rate of $3.99 per month.

I think the concept for this app is very good one, but after spending some time with it I find the execution hugely disappointing.

Notes

The app provides access to a large and continually expanding collection of stories for children aged 2-9. It will have 100 stories in it by the middle of next week and will continue to release at least three new stories per week from there onwards.

The app itself is free and lets you try it for free for 30 days, after which you need to subscribe at $3.99 per month.

Here’s a slice of its App Store description:

Welcome parents and young explorers! You have discovered FarFaria, a magical place where stories live…where your child’s perfect story awaits. Discover a world of fantasies and fables! Stories of whimsy, mischief, and mystery! Explore this exciting world, this not-so-far away place, FarFaria.

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