The app captures the nostalgia of the 1965 television special, while still adding a modern and inventive twist on the children’s book app.
Given the amount of pre-existing Charlie Brown Christmas media, it would have been easy for Loud Crow to phone this one in. It didn’t. The app is beautiful and designed down to the last detail to mimic the interaction of a real pop-up book, while also adding true digital features.
Users can play “Linus and Lucy” on the piano, make snowflakes splatter and fall and finger paint. Hidden within the app are various achievements that unlock additional decorations and customization elements for creating a unique Christmas tree.
This is the sort of app where seeing really is believing. We put together a gallery of some of our favorite parts of the app, but this is one you really need to play with to fully experience.
The iOS version of the app is optimized to run on the iPhone or iPad, but the nature of this sort of story and interaction works best on a larger screen. At $6.99 in the App Store, Android Market and the Amazon Appstore, this is an app I can whole-heartedly recommend.
Last Thanksgiving, the Peter Rabbit app sold most of my extended family on the power of the iPad. This year, A Charlie Brown Christmas will convince those yet to convert that tablets have value.
For U.S.-based Charlie Brown fans, A Charlie Brown Christmas is also viewable in its entirety in ABC’s iPad app.
What are your favorite holiday-themed children’s books? Let us know.