When my son was a baby, we were pretty strict about the no screen time thing. But somewhere down the road we realized it was A) rather unavoidable, B) extremely helpful in certain situations, and C) both educational and entertaining! The iPad became my knight and shining armor during my pregnancy and first few months with newborn twins. I seriously don't know what I would have done without it to "babysit" my toddler here and there! Now, things are back to normal but we are still in love with the iPad and excited when we find awesome apps to play around with. We recently worked with MomSelect on a promotional program to review a brand new one, which turned out to be pretty darn fantastic, so without further ado, here's our review of Peter and the Wolf in Hollywood!!
They've taken the classic story and made it modern **SPOILER ALERT** (skip to next paragraph if you don't want the story recap) - Peter flies over from Russia (after his parents died, which is obvious to parents but my 3 year old didn't catch on) to live with his hippie grandpa in the service quarters of a Hollywood star's estate. The wolf escapes from the nearby zoo, Peter captures it and becomes famous with paparazzi and a movie made after him and all!
The graphics are pretty cool - I thought it was simply animated but when you watch the bonus behind the scenes footage you see they actually made all the backdrops and scenery. Also cool? The narrator... Alice Cooper!! HA!
There are several interactive additions, including 8 games, within the story - you "turn the pages" by swiping your finger across the screen, you help Peter build a robot and then watch him chase after the wolf in it. You help connect stars in the sky to see beautiful constellations, and you play with a duck to dive and swim in the movie star's pool. These all help break up the story to keep your little one completely engaged. Love it! They're actually fun for the grownups, too. No, I'm serious! Especially the duck diving one, my little one and I crack up so hard playing that one!
Another thing to note is the music - beautiful classical music from Prokofiev, Wagner, Mahler, and more playing throughout the story and games, performed by the National Youth Orchestra of Germany.
You can see my quick video review below including clips of some of the games!
The immersive musical storybook is available NOW for download on iPhone and iPad! Check it out!!
Disclaimer: Although I was compensated to review this product, all thoughts and opinions are my own and completely unbiased.
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I'm just a NYC mom blogger and YouTuber living in Bay Ridge Brooklyn with my Japanese husband & our 3 kids (twins plus 1)! Sharing the trials and tribulations of raising bi-lingual bi-racial bi-national babies in the Big Apple! Humor, honesty, family travel, product reviews & giveaways, galore!