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Once Upon a Mutant

December 20, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Sometime rhyming isn't the best way to tell a story ...

This is a heartwarming story about a boy and a group of multi-colored mutants who learn to be careful with each other's feelings. Cute illustrations will draw young readers into this book app although the text, presented in rhyme may be difficult at times for them to follow. This title has no interactivity or animation but relies on the text and crisp cartoon-like graphics to tell the story.

I really liked the EcoBoy series by this author, published as apps earlier this year, however this title didn't really win me over. I found the rhyming text to be very difficult to both read and listen to. It felt as if the need to find a word to rhyme drove the storytelling more than the story itself, making for some very odd word choices that are not especially suited for young children's language abilities. The boy repeatedly says "Life is a road, not a rigid code," among other phrases that are not easily understood by young readers.

The story itself doesn't seem polished, with text and illustrations that are fun but feel like they were just thrown together. While my child enjoyed this title, he had no idea what the story was about ... I suspect most young readers will like the visuals but find the text difficult to relate to, while older readers who understand the text will find the rhymes amateur at best. With a more inspiring narrative, this could be a lovely book app.

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Once Upon a Mutant

December 20, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Lana Sultan

Lana Sultan

Length (time):
5 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 5 - 9

English •

Length (pages):
30 Pages


Story Synopsis - Once Upon a Mutant

A group of four mutants, colored yellow, green, blue and orange taunt a lonely boy. But the boy responds kindly, teaching each mutant in turn to be a better 'person'.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


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Size: 49.49 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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