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iStoryTime - Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe

October 9, 2013

By: Julie-Anne McCarthy


What happens when a snail is determined to be FAST?

Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe is the latest offering from well known iStoryTime. The app is based on the movie Turbo from DreamWorks Animation. It tells the story of a snail, called Turbo , with big dreams to become a racing car driver and race along side his hero Guy Gagné in the Indy 500 . However his brother Chet has a different idea of Turbo’s capabilities and believes his brother’s dreams are too far removed from the reality of their lifestyle. Does Turbo make it across the finish line ? You will have to buy the app to find out, but I will give you a quick hint, there is a happy ending.

The app draws heavily from the movie itself and the animation and graphics are all drawn from scenes within the movie making it more enjoyable for any movie fan. The app allows for three different reading styles, Read To Myself, Auto Play and Read To Me. Both the Auto Play and Read To Me options use text highlighting to enable the reader to follow the text without any great difficulty. You will also notice  character audio taken directly from the movie.

A nice added feature that the user can access from the opening screen is the “Turbo-ize” . Within this feature your child will be able to customise Turbo’s shell , meet his team mates Shadow, Skidmark, Whiplash, Burn and Smoove Move. You will also see short animated clips from the movie as well.

A feature I love to see in storybook apps is the ability to be able to move between pages with ease. iStorytime have once again provided the much loved drop down menu at the top of the screen. It appears with a simple tap of the finger on the home button and allows for you to scroll between pages of the book and select them in any order you wish.

When I first sat down to review this storybook app I was a little apprehensive as I had not even heard of the movie here in Ireland, unlike our US counterparts who can now go watch it in their local movie theatres. It is hard to relate to a movie you have not yet seen, but I can assure you that the quality of this app soon allayed any fears I had. The animated scenes soon make you feel as if you are watching the movie itself . If you choose the Auto Play feature you can just sit back , relax and enjoy the app for all it is worth. 

The underlying story of the app really appeals to me. Firstly it gives out the message that you should never give up on your dreams and that with the help of family and friends you can make it . It deals with the issues of mocking by peers , but at the same time shows that comments like these can only make you more determined to succeed. Turbo is a little different in that he is a snail up against humans and their huge racing cars, yet despite differences he is able to overcome any fears and prove that being different does not mean less. It is a good moral to have in any story and a very important one when dealing with children with special needs. If you are looking for a nice fun read for your child , and even better if you have seen the movie, then this storybook app is a nice buy. My son and daughter both loved it and what better recommendation to get that a big thumbs up  from a child. 


This app has been thoroughly evaluated by our staff. Please click on the 'star ratings' tab above, to see how it fared in all nine of our rating categories. See synopsis tab for more details about the storyline.

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This review was originally published by Teriann on July 17, 2013.

AppAbled.com is run by Teriann and Julie-Anne, a pair of busy Mums with 7 children between them! Based on opposite sides of the world, Teriann is Australian and Julie-Anne lives in Ireland, they are joined by SLP Jean (US) and the team of Super-mums Niamh (US), Elaine (IRE) and Mary (IRE). Between them, they have a wealth of experience with kids and apps. As parents of Special Needs Children, they know how difficult it can be to find the right app for your child. They hope to make this a little easier by providing reviews and also showcasing the Developers who make the apps.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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iStoryTime - Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe

October 9, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Length (time):
20 - 40 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 9 +

English •

Length (pages):
30 Pages


Story Synopsis - iStoryTime - Turbo Movie Storybook Deluxe

Movie Plot Synopsis - via Wikipedia: In Venice, California, Theo, a.k.a Turbo, is a garden snail who dreams of being the greatest racer in the world, just like his hero, 5-time Indianapolis 500 champ, Guy Gagné. His obsession with speed and all things fast has made him an oddity and an outsider in the slow and cautious snail community, and a constant embarrassment to his cautious older brother, Chet. Turbo desperately wishes he could escape the slow-paced life he's living, but his one chance to live proves a near fatal disaster when he tries to recover a prize tomato and needs to be rescued by Chet.

Demoralized, Theo wanders onto a freeway to admire the traffic and wishes on the very first star (which is actually an airplane light), "I wish...I wish I was fast". Suddenly, he gets into a freak accident when he gets sucked into the supercharger of a drag racer, fusing his DNA with nitrous oxide on a street race. The next day, when Theo wakes up from unconsciousness, his incident the night before finds himself vested with the power of incredible speed and accuracy, as well as some of the characteristics of an actual car, such as eyes that light up like headlights, and a shell that blinks red like taillights and makes car sounds and music from a radio.

Unfortunately, Theo's first attempt to show this power off ends with him crashing a Big Wheel tricycle into the garden, getting himself and Chet fired from the garden crew. As the siblings quarrel, Chet is snatched by a crow, but is pursued and rescued by Theo at a run down strip mall where they are then captured by Tito, a "Dos Bros" taco truck driver and is brought to race with other snails. Theo astounds both human and snail alike with his speed and earns the respect of the snails, led by Whiplash, with his crew Smoove Move, Burn, Skidmark, and White Shadow, who have impressive skills of their own.

Inspired by this extraordinary snail, Tito dreams to revive the strip mall with Theo as an attraction, and eventually with the help of the snails who manage to divert and strand a tour bus and drum up impressive business. At this success, Theo convinces Tito to try to enter the snail in Indianapolis 500 as a competitor. While Tito's brother, Angelo, still declines to support him, the neighbors agree to put up the entrance fee and accompany them to Indianapolis. Once there, Tito is refused entry into the race, but a chance meeting with Guy Gagne gives Turbo a chance to show off his speed which astounds the race track at the snail qualifying for the race.

This impossible feat soon becomes a sensation on social media and the owner of the race gives in to the pressure, egged on by Gagne himself, to let the snail compete. However, the night before the race, Turbo is demoralized when his hero, Gagne, sneers at his attempt to race while Chet confesses that he cannot bear to see his brother endanger himself. Undeterred, Turbo enters the race the next day, but the dangerous racetrack and the far more experienced competition leaves him trailing in last place.

At a pitstop, Whiplash and his crew give Turbo a vital pep talk, advising him to race like a snail. Back in the race, Turbo realizes what they mean and uses his small size to maximum advantage with maneuvers around and under the competition that no human racer can emulate. With the snail rapidly gaining in the standings, Gagné starts racing dirty and manages to knock Turbo against the circuit wall, damaging his shell and weakening his speed powers. Eventually, in the final stretch with Turbo in the lead, Gagné tries a desperate maneuver to beat the snail and gets into a major crash that snarls most of the competitors in a major pileup. Similarly, Turbo is thrown, waking up once again from unconsciousness with his shell punctured and his speed all but gone.

Alarmed at seeing Turbo giving up and retreating into his shell barely a few feet from the finish line, Chet puts himself into incredible dangers to meet up with Whiplash's crew to get to the racer. Seeing his brother and friends arrive riding crows to encourage him to continue, Turbo resumes the race. Unfortunately, Gagne singlemindedly pursues him by dragging his wrecked car after the snail and attempts to crush him. At the last second, Chet tells Turbo to tuck and roll into his shell at Gagne's last blow and the force allows him to tumble past the finish line to win.

At this victory, the strip mall becomes a major attraction with all the businesses becoming spectacular successes including extremely elaborate snail races with Whiplash's crew getting special propulsion aids for their shells, while Chet is content as the track referee. As for Turbo, he becomes happier discovering that his shell has healed, and with that, his superspeed has returned.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Turbo-Ize (Extras)

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Size: 429.67 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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