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Harry and the Haunted House - a Wanderful Interactive Storybook

Harry and the Haunted House - a Wanderful Interactive Storybook

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Mark Schlichting
Contributions From: Matt Siegel
Contributions From: Glenn Axworthy
Developer: Mickey W. Mantle
Developer: Wanderful, Inc.
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPad

Harry and the Haunted House is a twelve page interactive storybook that blends a well-told story written by Mark Schlichting with thoughtful animation by developer Wanderful. The app offers Read to Me or Let Me Play modes. The former is especially delightful. Animations play automatically, which encourages children to listen up, watch, and take a break from tapping their screen. The story's words are highlighted as expressive voice actors read them so that early readers can follow along.

Though in a sense a ghost story, Harry and the Haunted House will inspire more giggles than scares. After Harry hits his baseball a little too far, he and his friends decide to look for it in the abandoned house where it lands. Children will enjoy seeing how Harry and his friends' imaginations create spooky situations. They see ghosts that turn out to be their own reflection, for example, and hear strange noises that are actually Harry's dog playing with the found ball. In the end, children learn that scary things (like old houses, dark closets, or the space under a bed) are not so terrible once one learns more about them.

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Wanderful, Inc.
Available on iTunes

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