App Review: Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes

My daughter, who constantly wants me to download her new games onto my iPhone, recently tried out another interactive book Jack and the Beanstalk by Mindshapes, the same folks who brought us the Jellytoons.

Screen shot courtesy of Mindshapes

Jack and the Beanstalk is an interactive story where young readers can choose to either read the story or have it read to them. They’re brought on an interactive journey though a modernized version of traditional story where Jack daydreams about monsters and plays video games. Each page features something for kids to do such as dressing Jack, playing the magic harp, and tapping on the pictures for additional dialogue.

Screen shot courtesy of Mindshapes

It’s just an interactive book, with no additional mini-games, but it does have a chapter function so readers can return to their favorite pages. It’s an entertaining app. The words appear really small on my iPhone making it not as ideal for an emerging reader to practice as some other interactive books, but my daughter still really likes it and plays with it over and over again.

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