Today's Free App of the Day is A Charlie Brown Christmas
Originally $4.99

This is another repeat--this one was first offered in December 2011. It's the best interactive book I've seen so far as this season's Free App of the Day.

n the app's main screen, you can listen to nice piano music on the turntable. You can also turn off the narration on the turntable. Tapping on the book opens the story. You can take a picture of your self using your devices camera and the picture will be on the flyleaf. You can also add a Christmas tree to the picture. This seems like a kind of lame reason to have camera access, and the only place the camera is used. You can also, from the flyleaf, share the picture with Facebook and decorate the tree. (not the tree in the picture, the one used in the book). The decorations you choose will be used later in the book. There does not seem to be a way to exit the app cleanly. I recommend Forcing Stop within Settings / Applications / Manage Applications.

You can collect items by tapping on images in the pictures. Some items do stuff but don't earn you any items. By collecting items or by interacting with the pages, you can unlock new decorations for the tree, so explore the pictures!

I had the app lock up on me twice and had to do a forced get out of it. I also had one page where Charlie Brown and Linus are having a conversation leaning on a wall and their arms were floating free of their bodies, which was kind of disturbing. :eek: The device locked up that time and when I forced the stop and went back in, their arms were where they were supposed to be. Whew!

One of the reviews tells you everything you have to do to unlock all of the items. I'd give this five stars except for the lock ups I've experienced. You can go to specific places in the book, or back to the main menu by dragging the bookmark down from the top page.

480 of 729 reviews are four stars and above.

These apps are compatible with the original Fire and with my Fire HD 8.9" 4G. To tell if an app works for your Fire HD or other Android device registered to your Amazon account, click on the above link and look on the right side of the web page. Amazon will tell you if it will work with your registered device.

Have fun!

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