Wednesday, October 30, 2013
It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (best Android apps for kids)
Do you have Halloween traditions that are unique to your family? Perhaps there is a certain meal you share, or a particular treat that you like to hand out. Maybe there is a scary movie you watch together while eating candy corn. A tradition in my family was to watch this classic Snoopy cartoon, which was aired without fail every Halloween eve. I am quite excited to now share this tradition with my children in the form of an interactive app.
This is such a special app. Upon opening, the app features part of the original Peanuts comic strip, with a tap-to-read voice balloon. The original music also accompanies the story which may bring back memories for lots of parents out there. The story, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, then begins as a kind of pop-up book but with a difference. The text, mainly dialogue, is presented as tabs at the bottom of the page that the reader slides off-screen once they have been narrated. The sliding motion also triggers animation of the illustrations.
Each page of the book has tap-to-read text, interactive elements and the book finishes with a list of achievements (for interacting with the story). The app also includes customizing an avatar, dressing up the avatar (using nearly 300 clothing options!), and carving a pumpkin. It may be my nostalgia or it may just be the excellent quality of this app, but if I had to choose the number 1 app to have for halloween, then this would be it.
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
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Oh, Great Pumpkin! Where are you? This Halloween, hang out with Charlie Brown and the entire Peanuts gang to find out for yourself!
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!
Narrated by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown, everyone’s favorite Halloween special is beautifully re-imagined in this interactive storybook designed for smartphones and tablets.
Digitally remastered illustrations are brought to life with the voices, dialog and music from the original 1966 animated TV special. Whether your family sings pumpkin carols and waits in pumpkin patches or you’re introducing It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown to your kids for the first time, everyone will love this magical interactive Halloween classic!
● Choose from over 1 billion creative avatar and costume combinations to create your own Peanuts character
● Go trick-or-treating with Charlie Brown and the gang
● Carve your own pumpkin, bob for apples and play Schroeder’s piano
● Touch and drag objects to make them “spring” to life or tilt to watch them slide and move
● Objects magically pop out of the page to delight little and big kids
● Jump to any page in the book with the handy table of contents bookmark
● Educational features such as word and note highlighting to help improve reading and musical skills
● Hear individual words spoken with the tap of a finger
● Original dialog from the 1966 animated classic
● Captivating narration by Peter Robbins, the original voice of Charlie Brown
● Charming soundtrack featuring music and sound effects from the original holiday special