A Christmas Carol Drawn & Told is a quality interactive iPhone and iPad book app that does an amazing job of presenting the beloved Christmas classic, A Christmas Carol book, written by Charles Dickens and published in 1843. Reading this iOS rendition of the A Christmas Carol book is like curling up with a really good book that you can’t put down. A Christmas Carol Drawn & Told has the ability to magically transport you back in history to another place and time with its 300 pages of intriguing charcoal-type drawings, spell-binding music and sounds, and nearly 2+ hours of riveting narration that spans over 16 chapters.
The haunting sounds of a child’s voice play in the background when you first open up this A Christmas Carol book app. You’ll hear her singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” as horse hooves clop along an unseen street, and a bird’s-eye view of the snowy 1800s Victorian cityscape comes into focus. The dismal artwork authenticates the dreary time 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!”
The Christmas Carol Drawn & Told app is an audio/visual listening story with captivating narration; there isn’t any text to follow along within this version of the A Christmas Carol book. That’s why this iOS app is “Drawn & Told.” Honestly, I was a bit disappointed and would have preferred to have had the original text to read along with as the narrator recites Dickens’ story, which would be a really great learning tool for kids as well. On the other hand, the lack of text causes you to focus on every line of the awesome storytelling that compels you to gaze at the intriguing artwork seen throughout this Christmas themed book. You will notice that the music, audio, narration and sound effects are of excellent quality in this classic Christmas storybook.
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 A Christmas Carol book app is easy to use. A simple tap on the screen will 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 nice features, when you select the Menu button, you can also choose to play the story from the beginning again or pick up where you left off last.
I love to see great literary classics like this turned into new digital A Christmas Carol book apps. Now, a whole new generation of kids can enjoy this classic Christmas tale on modern technology bringing the old and new together. As much as I really enjoyed reading this classic Christmas book app (and think all kids should read at least once), if you have kids younger than 8, they probably won’t fully appreciate the overall sophistication of the storyline and artwork due to the advanced 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, and I bet you will too!
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