This is a gorgeous presentation of the Nutcracker story with lots of animated elements and some light interactivity (mostly sound effects). In storybook mode the page dims to let you know to turn the page. This title is not narrated and initially I found it a bit difficult to navigate, although you can return home by tapping the top of the page and an assortment of numbered ornaments functions as a page guide. The ornaments transform after being tapped or when a page has been read. Text appears on the page and then disappears on it's own, so some young readers may find this difficult to enjoy on their own if they don't read the text in time. While I really enjoyed this tale, especially the illustrations and music, I would love to see narration added or at least have the text stay put until the reader turns the page. Overall, this is still the very best version of the Nutcracker I've seen in the AppStore, bringing much of the drama and suspense to the iPad in an animated gem of an app.
This title is one of over two dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post in our blog for the winter holidays, 2011.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
15 - 18 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 5 - 12
There is no synopsis for this title. It is part of a special post for Winter Holiday Books in our blog, The Digital Media Diet. This is one of our many seasonal & recommended reading lists. Publication Date: Winter 2011