This app version of the beloved movie, "How to Train Your Dragon," is a visually beautiful book on the iPad. It captures all the major plot points from the movie while doing a nice retelling of the touching story of a brainy boy and his dragon. For fans of the movie, this iPad book version will be a fun trip through all their favorite scenes.
This book is not, however, animated or interactive, which can be a disappointment to kids who are expecting an experience more like the animated iPad movie-book releases. As a parent, though, I realize that this book might be a nice bedtime treat for a child who loves the movie, something that wouldn't be as easy to pull off with a very stimulating title.
One word of caution to parents, though. A prominent "i" appears on the front page and tapping it takes you to the book's settings. This includes the choice to "Browse More Books" & "Get More Dragon Stuff". In addition, there is a setting to "Subscribe to iStoryTime Newsletter" and another to "Tell a friend ..." and the latter actually opens up your email program. So, it's best to supervise the set-up of this book for your child if you are concerned that they might play with the settings.
But once it's set up, auto-play is delightful for this long book, especially since there isn't anything interactive to require stopping on each page. This simple, narrated tale set against eye-popping movie graphics, will be a hit with kids who love the movie.
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
8 - 12 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 0 - 0
“How To Train Your Dragon” ~ a comedy adventure set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The story centers around a Viking teenager named Hiccup, who lives on the Island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life.
The teen’s smarts and offbeat sense of humor don’t sit too well with his tribe of its chief…who just happens to be Hiccup’s father. However, when Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens, he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter.
But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup’s one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe.” [Based on the movie, "How To Train Your Dragon" - from 'in-app description']