A Christmas Carol Drawn & Told (by Alan Snow), is a new interactive iPhone and iPad book app that does a wonderful job of presenting the classic A Christmas Carol story by Charles Dickens, in 300 pages of intriguing charcoal type drawings and 16 chapters of riveting narration that will transport you back in time to the original and historical favorite.
When you open up this Christmas book app, you’ll hear the haunting voice of a child singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” (playing in the background) and horse hooves clopping along an unseen street as a bird’s-eye view of the snowy 1800′s Victorian cityscape comes into focus. The dismal artwork authenticates the dreary period setting of Industrial England and sets you up to meet the cranky and stingy Ebenezer Scrooge. I was immediately drawn in by the unpleasant realism seen in the pictures and heard in Scrooge’s harsh responses to everything and everyone around him — “Bah! Humbug!” This audio/visual app is a listening story since there isn’t any text to follow along with in this Christmas book app. Honestly, I was a bit disappointed and would have preferred to have had the text to read along with, which would be good for kids as well. On the other hand, the lack of text causes you to focus on every line of the awesome storytelling as compels you to gaze at the intriguing artwork. The music, audio, narration and sound effects are of excellent quality.
A Christmas Carol Drawn & Told has straightforward navigation and is divided into 4 main story parts (Marley’s Ghost, The Ghost of Christmas Past, The Ghost of Christmas Present, and The Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come), with 4 chapters within each main section. Each of the 4 chapter segments last for approximately 30 minutes, so this Christmas book app is great to enjoy reading over a few days — or longer. You’ll find a nice chapter index that runs along the bottom of the main page, which can be accessed at anytime with a tap. The bottom navigation will take you to different parts of the story, and each chapter is numbered and titled. The navigation in this book app is easy to use. A simple tap on the screen with bring up 4 navigational areas: right and left arrows to turn pages, a Menu tab to take you back to the beginning screen, and a Pause button. In addition to these, when you select the Menu button, you can choose to play the story from the beginning again or pick up where you left off last.
I love to see great literary classics being passed on for a whole new generation of kids to enjoy, and since technology (iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad) is so familiar to our kids these days, this iPhone and iPad Entertainment app is a perfect fit between old and new. As much as I really enjoyed reading this classic Christmas book app (and think all kids should read at least once), kids younger than 8 (?) probably won’t fully appreciate the overall sophistication of the storyline and artwork due to the higher level of words used and macabre artwork style. However, older kids will be drawn in by this wonderful and redeeming story of how Scrooge experienced a change of heart and a renewed goodwill towards mankind. This new iPhone and iPad book app was released in the iTunes Store on December 1st of this year at a $6.99 price tag, but is currently selling for a special price of only $0.99 — a steal of a deal — but only for a limited time, so download it while you can at the reduced price.
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