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App review: Monsters University Storybook Deluxe!

A screen grab of the new Monsters University

A screen grab of the new Monsters University Storybook Deluxe! app (2013) Photo Credit: Handout

The product tie-ins seem to be coming out earlier and earlier — this time, it’s the Monsters University Storybook Deluxe!, a new app for the Disney prequel “Monsters University” animated film due out June 21. This one is sweet, almost comforting, and got a big wide smile out of my son as soon as he turned it on at his usually grouchy hour — 7 a.m. Over Cheerios and an apple, Harrison had to create his own Monsters University ID badge before he could start to play. It tickled him so much that he didn’t even notice his bed head in the photo he took with his iPad.

The first-person games are challenging — they involve moving around objects such as toys by moving around the actual device one is playing on. These and the interactive books about "Monsters" characters Mike and Sulley engaged Harrison, who wasn’t too keen to turn his attention to getting dressed for school.

The app is available for $6.99 in the iTunes App Store for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Mini.

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