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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Movie Storybook

April 20, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A fun adventure follows the movie plot!

The Pirate Captain is a beloved but a bit beleaguered pirate when he tries to assert his authority. Perhaps he would be not only well-loved but also well-respected if he could just win the "Pirate of the Year" award ... the most coveted award in the world of pirate-dom. His trusty companion, Polly, certainly agrees. But is she really a parrot, or something much more rare? Readers will enjoy an adventure in this movie-themed storybook app, featuring crisp images from the film.

This title is not animated or interactive, providing a simple reading (or listening) experience that will reinforce the movie or prepare young children for what to expect before going to the theater. Fans of the film, once it's released in late April 2012, will enjoy this book as a way to re-live their favorite scenes. There is also a fun extra, a challenge to find eight hidden objects within the books 40+ pages. For devices running iOS 5 or higher, there is also the “Piratize Yourself” feature that utilizes iOS 5 face detection to "turn all landlubbers into a Pirate in real time."

Overall, this is a well made title, including a page guide, simple arrow page turning and lovely narration that includes original dialogue from the film, starring Hugh Grant. The text is rather small and doesn't highlight as narrated, but otherwise this is a polished story app. When the Pirate Captain attends the ceremony toward the end of the book, the suspense is palpable as everyone waits to hear the name of the winner ... always a good sign when weaving an engaging story. You'll have to read it yourself (or see the movie) to find out more ...

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The Pirates! Band of Misfits Movie Storybook

April 20, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
iStorytime

Developer:
zuuka incorporated

Length (time):
12 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 9

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
43 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - The Pirates! Band of Misfits Movie Storybook

From iStorytime website:

Ahoy Matey! Perfect for your little pirate fan and the only way to get a sneak peek of images and original audio from the 3-D animated film before its debut, The Pirates! Band of Misfits follows the luxuriantly bearded Pirate Captain - a boundlessly enthusiastic, if somewhat less-than-successful, terror of the High Seas. With a rag-tag crew at his side, and seemingly blind to the impossible odds stacked against him, the Captain has one dream: to beat his bitter rivals Black Bellamy and Cutlass Liz to the much coveted “Pirate Of The Year Award.” 

Shiver me timbers! Now every day is “Look Like a Pirate Day” with the fun and silly “Piratize Yourself” feature that utilizes iOS 5 face detection to turn all landlubbers into a Pirate in real time. This feature is only available on devices running iOS 5 or higher. 

Featuring Auto Play, Read To Me, and Read To Myself narration options, readers will also be in search of eight hidden treasures that they need to collect in order to win the coveted “Pirate of the Year Award.”

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

AutoPlay, Read to Me, Read Myself, Links to: Web, AppStore, Email, Twitter, Facebook

App Release Date:
2012-04-19

 






Size: 104.06 MB

Version: 1.0

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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