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Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp 1.0 [text]

App description: Legendary story of Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp on iPad, This App takes you through the entire story in a highly interactive way with popup pages, hand drawn illustrations, precise fonts and original music. Just like a physical copy, yet thousand times more interactive & personal.

iTunes Link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/aladdin-wonderful-lamp/id597097830?ls=1&mt=8

iDevices used for the reviews: iPad1 - iPad2 - iPad3

Total reviews: 10

Developer: Rahunandan K.

Nathalie C.

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What I liked > The story is long and respects the story.
> The illustrations and images are interesting. They convey a great atmosphere to the story.
> Sometimes there are some games with typography, enhancing the meaning of a sentence.
> The effects and colors aroung the genius are quite nice


Improvements > The story lacks many visual marks to help young (and not so young) readers to go through.
> There is no narration. No human narration, but no way to get voice over either. And this is really a shame, as it does help people to be able to get some help around text.
> There is no index of pages, no way of navigating or to know "where am I in the story".
> The "floating" effect with some pages is not real interactivity and doesn't serve meaning
> There are very few interactive elements in the end. ePub might have been a better option?


General review Overall, this is a nice and interesting edition of Aladdin, with full illustrated page. For an app, though, it lacks narration, index and interactivity.

Kristina C.

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What I liked This version was very different than the version both my children & I knew. We did not care for this version. The illustrations were wonderfully beautiful. We expected much more "popup pages" after reading the description. The first page with the genie was great, and the following "popup pages" were wonderful. The previous ones were boring and uneventful. The fireworks pg was awesome. However the app crashed after we pushed too many times for lots of fireworks. Needs a pg count such as "pg 5 of 25" so readers are aware of how long bk is. Needs a bkmark feature due to length of bk.


Improvements This translation was very unexciting. The book was unexpectedly long. We were bored after the fourth pg. We had trouble staying awake & following along. There were many awkward phrases that didn't make sense. Not sure if that was a translation issue or just a grammar issue. We expected the book to have the option of being read to us. The text of the book is written at a much higher level than the expected target audience.Text rdg level seemed about 6th grade or higher. No 6th grader will be interested in Aladdin or the illustration effects.Illustration effects of the first few pgs were boring


General review Beautiful illustrations &some great illustration effects. Don't expect to be able to play with too much of the illustrations; only minimal interactivity. Very long book to read. No feature to enable the text to be read to the child, nor is there a bkmark feature, so be aware. The text of the book is written at a very high level; this bk is not a good one for young readers younger than 6.Even rdrs as old as 10 may have trouble staying on task.

Lena L.

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What I liked What I liked about Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was the beautiful illustrations. The vibrant colors and details helped make the story come to life. You can tell a lot of detail was put into the illustrations, making them stand out among the words.


Improvements What I didn't like about Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was the fact that the book does not have a "Read To Me" option. A lot of children struggle with reading and would need that option to get through this long story. I also didn't like that the book is not very animated. Most children book apps are full of exciting things to discover on each page that go along with the words. This book was boring in that aspect. I also didn't like the use of different fonts. This can become distracting to children.


General review I found the story intriguing and the illustrations beautiful. I would like to see updates made to this app that would include a "Read To Me" option, and more interactive elements to go along with the story. As the app is right now, it is nothing more than a reading book for older children. Younger children will not enjoy this book.

melissa r.

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What I liked Attractive graphics and pleasant background music that added to the general ambience of the app. Style of writing is very easy to follow by a younger child when read aloud to them. Loved the sketches that were on some of the pages. Forward and backward buttons being doves is also quite a cute idea.


Improvements Would like a clearer button to press to start story, I spent a few moments hunting and pressing everywhere on the screen in a sttempt to find the start button. Also found the app to be more of an ebook as opposed to an interactive and personal story. Would like a voice over option and word highlighting.


General review I quite enjoyed this app but felt it was lacking. I think the reason I was left with this impression is that the app doesn't match it's description. As a pure ebook app it's great but as an interactive and personalised app book it falls short of the mark. App had potential just needs to be tweaked or have description modified.

Kerry E.

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What I liked This is a wonderful app with great illustrations. The illustrations really open up the story. I absolutely love the interactivity. The ability to play with elements of the page is great not only for the kids, but for the adults who are reading the story to them. The interactive part is extremely well done.


Improvements I really do wish there was an ability to have a narrator read the story to you. I have one child who can read, but two others who cannot, and even so, it is nice to have that option. Also, the fact that the little lamp at the bottom center of the page is a home icon is not readily apparent. It could perhaps be marked better.


General review I love this story, and this app really brings life to it. The interactive elements on some of the pages are so fun for the kids to play with, and helps them maintain interest in the story as well. The illustrations are well done, and the app overall is a great way to introduce your children to this classic story.

Frances A.

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What I liked The app Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp was both interesting and intriguing. It starts similar to other stories of Aladdin but with a different twist on how Aladdin was introduced to the lamp and the variety of ways it affected his life (though the same outcome was achieved). What I liked about the story is it is appropriate for children 7+ that can work on reading compression and vocabulary skills. This story has over forty pages and holds very few pictures with is good so children can use their imaginations to let the story play out. Overall, it is very appropriate for educational uses.


Improvements What I would like to see in an updated:
- Though the graphics were nice there was not enough interactivity with the book. Some children need a moderate amount of interactivity to stay active. I would like to see more parts of the pages have interactive parts; if not the whole page.
- Additional Reading Options- I would like to be able to click on the word and have it read or have the choice to have the page read to me. For some children multiple paragraphs of reading can be hard and they might need a little bit of support as to not lose interest.



General review Overall, I do like the app for its educational purposes and opportunities that it provides but I feel that it can use a bit of work. It is a great adaptation of the story but I am not sure how long it is going to hold the interest of readers, especially those who are struggling or might have a disability. I think with an update that it can be a fantastic app that can be very useful for literacy in schools.

Michelle C.

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What I liked The story in this app was a much longer, more complete version than I expected and I enjoyed learning this version. The drawings that illustrate the pages are also beautiful, and my children enjoyed playing with the juggling interaction, and the balancing one. The app worked correctly on our iPad1.


Improvements I was surprised the app didn't have narration included, as it seems to have become quite standard in storybook apps. My youngest, 5 years old, really missed having the story read to her and just skipped over the pages that didn't have games and interaction.
The level of interaction overall was quite low, my children found the story too difficult for them to read and the pages with interaction didn't have a clear purpose to help move the story along.
We'd like to have the option of listening to the story, perhaps some coloring pages, and a few more content-based intractions.


General review Overall, this app displays a very complete version of Aladdin that I think many will be very interested in, rather than the Disney version more familiar to our children. I appreciated the difference. However, the interactions and the lack of audio make this app a hard sell in comparison to other fairy tale and fable apps in the Apple Store.

Valerie M.

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What I liked Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp is a delightful tale told with beautiful, colorful language and gorgeous illustrations. When the music plays it is soft and exotic, and sound effects from moving props are realistic. The text is highly readable and navigation with the doves in either lower corner is simple.


Improvements I was disappointed that the text could not be read out loud, and subsequently, could not be highlighted. Struggling readers would definitely benefit from those features. I was also disappointed that many of the graphics did not animate, such as the dancing scene. It would be wonderful if there were settings to turn the music on or off, and that the music could play throughout if desired. If there were settings, being able to turn the speech and highlighting on and off would also be very helpful.


General review I liked the high quality graphics and text. I was disappointed by the inability to have the book read or highlighted for struggling readers, and found the inconsistencies in music disconcerting. It would be nice to have settings with that as well as to turn the music on or off totally. Additional animations appropriate to the page would add depth. For example, seeing the couple waltz on the dancing page. Lots of room for growth!

Caitlin O.

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What I liked I loved how interactive this app is.
The variety of texts provide interest for the reader. The illustrations Erne interesting and you never know what kind of animation is going to occur. This app keeps the reader involved and wanting to continue with the story.


Improvements I would like to see a read along feature added where the words are highlighted as the app narrates. Different voices could be used for each character to add additional interest. Also when the app first started I was unsure of what to do. Some simple visual directions on how to advance the page and how to get back to the beginning would be nice. The ability to turn the music off would also be a great addition.



General review This is the story of Aladdin with a lot of add visual effects, varied text features, and lots of high interest features. This would be a great story for parents to read to their children or for older kids to read as at this time it does not have a read aloud feature (which I hope is in a future update.)

Emily B.

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What I liked The story of Aladdin and the Lamp is familiar, and this rendition does not deviate from the classic tale (which I like, since the Disney film version displaced the traditional telling, predictably). The best part of the app, hands down, are the beautiful illustrations, which really are very lovely.


Improvements An app that is essentially a fairytale for children and but LACKS a read-aloud option is really missing the boat. I literally do not have any other stories among the dozens that I've purchased for my youngest children that do not have this function. My five year-old engaged with the interactive pages a bit, but was done with them after a few minutes, and probably won't return to the app. I'll read it to my children once, but that's it.

The majority of the fonts (besides the serif one used to relate most of the story) are unrelated to each other and aesthetically unappealing.


General review This app does not live up to its billing, if the purchaser is truly expecting something that is "thousand times more interactive & personal" than a physical book. That's a pretty significant oversell. There were some interesting effects, but by and large the pages weren't interactive. The story is gorgeously illustrated, but desperately needs a read-aloud function if younger children are to be engaged.