Here on AppAdvice, we've already recommended A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving as one of the apps you should download for your iOS device. But if you still need some convincing, read on for the special Thanksgiving edition of Shelf Control.
Released earlier this month, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is developed by Loud Crow Interactive, which has carved a niche for itself as the foremost adapter of Charles M. Schulz's beloved Charlie Brown and "Peanuts" stories on iOS.
Following A Charlie Brown Christmas, It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown, and Charlie Brown's All Stars, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is already the fourth "Peanuts" TV special adaptation by Loud Crow for the interactive platform of iOS.
If you’ve seen — or experienced, as it were — any of those preceding titles — or any of Loud Crow’s offerings, for that matter — then you already know what to expect from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. If not, then, boy, are you in for a sumptuous treat.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is based on the animated “Peanuts” TV special about the true meaning of the titular holiday that originally aired in 1973. It includes original dialogue, music, and sound effects from the TV special. Also, it includes narration by Stephen Shea, the voice behind Linus van Pelt.
But perhaps what makes A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving really stand out is its combination of artwork remastered from its source material and impressive art direction that turns every page into a so-called “living illustration.” In every living illustration, you or your little one can tap, swipe, or tilt to make the characters and their surroundings come alive.
And to make reading an already engaging story more so, A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving challenges you to find the hidden leaf in every page. This entails a lot of interaction with what’s on screen, e.g. tapping and swiping to help Snoopy butter some toast, pop corn kernels, and put out candy for Charlie Brown and friends’ modest yet meaningful Thanksgiving dinner.
A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving also features word highlighting, touch-to-speak, and three reading modes: Read to Me, Read Myself, and Autoplay, which is recommended for young children reading on their own.
The app also cleverly separates adult controls from child-friendly content by requiring users to set a virtual clock to a specific time in order to unlock the For Parents area. This area includes links to Loud Crow’s other apps as well as a heartfelt note from Loud Crow’s design director, Talent Pun.
The app was updated just a few days ago with a couple of additional "Director's Cut" scenes along with some bug fixes and performance improvements.