Version Reviewed: 1.1
Device Reviewed On: iPad 2
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Arriving at the perfect time in the Holiday Season, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is an utterly beguiling book app. It tells the classic tale of the same name, following Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they discover the meaning of Thanksgiving. It's easily a great read to share with the rest of the family.
The app is laid out in a very family friendly format. An easy to understand tutorial ensures that young and old will know how to navigate through the app, mostly through a matter of swiping to the side. Occasionally, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving reacts a little strangely, potentially down to the increasingly dated iPad 2's loading times, but it's mostly a smooth process.
Reminiscent of a pop-up picture book, each page of the story is delightfully told. Every character can be manipulated to an extent; bouncing around the screen with further interactions stemming from a ribbon that often sticks out and can be pulled to initiate a different animation. It's cute and attractively done. Every page also offers a hidden collectible leaf, giving readers an extra reason to try everything out.
It's possible to have the story read to the reader, ideal for younger children, as well as read through it at one's own speed. It's those little things that ensure that A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving feels quite a classy app.
Interactive moments might be pleasant enough but the strength of A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving shines through its storytelling, and it really is a cute story. The app captures the essence of the classic TV special well, and reminds older fans of just why they would want to introduce it to younger members of the family.