DreamWorks Press Dragons Story App #Giveaway

by Jennifer Donovan

This is part of a sponsored campaign from DreamWorks Press. In addition to other compensation, writer received a promotional code to aid in her evaluation of this product.

My 10-year-old son actually loves to read, but this summer he has not read nearly as much as he has in years past. Why? He’s been a little distracted with handheld devices and the computer. It’s my fault. We’ve been busier, and though he likes to read, when given a choice, he prefers gaming, and I haven’t enforced no-electronics time like I should.

What if you can combine your children’s love of those little devices with real reading?

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Dreamworks Press has recently introduced Dragons, a moblie app for apple devices. It’s $4.99 with additional chapters planned at $.99 each.

My son is a strong reader, and while there are 3 reading levels — 5 and under, 6 to 8 or 9 and up — Kyle still thought it was too babyish for him. That makes sense to me. If he’s gaming, he wants to game. He doesn’t quite buy the ploy. However, younger kids who just want the opportunity to play with Mom’s phone or iPad often will do anything you ask, and I love apps like this that combine reading with play.

dreamworks pressI looked at the storybook app myself, and I loved it. You can turn narration on or off. With it on, the story is read to you, and the words light up as it’s read, providing visual enforcement. Regardless of my son’s opinion, the 9 and up option, really does provide a story on their level with larger vocabulary and a more dramatic story. The youngest 5 and under setting is read slightly slower and the words are shorter and simpler.

This storybook app looks amazing. When you log in, you see Toothless right there, and the graphics look good. In the journal section you can read Hiccup’s observations supplemented with drawings. This section did not feel “babyish” to me at all. Unlike the storybook sections, which read like a picture book with only a few sentences per page, the journal is in true notebook format, perfect for those looking for a more complex story.

Of course the characters are familiar to fans of the movies, but the stories are told in an original way (not just a rehash of the plot of the movies).

I’ve tried explaining it, but this video shows everything:

My 5th grade son proved to be a bit old for this, but I highly recommend it to older preschoolers up through third grade or so.

Enter to win

One reader (U.S. only) will win a $50 card to the itunes app store which you can use to buy the Dreamworks Press Dragons mobile app and even the future chapters. Just follow the instructions in the widget below.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Rebecca Parsons August 8, 2014 at 2:18 pm

I think my stepson would be the one to enjoy this game.

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2 D Schmidt August 8, 2014 at 2:52 pm

My older son would really enjoy this app.

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3 Janet W. August 8, 2014 at 3:07 pm

My oldest grandson would enjoy this app!

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4 Erinn S August 8, 2014 at 7:55 pm

My 6 year old son is a huge HTTYD2 fan

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5 kelly g August 8, 2014 at 8:44 pm

probably both my kids

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6 Jessie C. August 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

My kids would enjoy this app.

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7 Jessica To August 8, 2014 at 9:47 pm

My son would enjoy this.

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8 Elena August 8, 2014 at 10:42 pm

my son would enjoy this app

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9 Cheryl Free August 9, 2014 at 12:15 am

My niece would enjoy this app.

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10 Noreen August 9, 2014 at 12:55 am

My daughter love how to train a dragon

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11 Katherine August 9, 2014 at 8:21 am

My nephew would love it

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12 Amanda Sakovitz August 9, 2014 at 9:50 am

My niece would enjoy this

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13 Sharon Schoepe August 9, 2014 at 10:59 am

My 5 year old twins would enjoy this app

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14 Terra Heck August 9, 2014 at 4:06 pm

My youngest step-daughter would like this app. Thanks.

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15 Elizabeth August 9, 2014 at 7:18 pm

I’m curious to see it myself!

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16 Julie Lynn Bickham August 9, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I think my youngest daughter would love this app.

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17 Margaret Smith August 9, 2014 at 7:56 pm

My sons would like this app.

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18 Danielle Lima August 9, 2014 at 8:11 pm

My daughter would enjoy this app.

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19 Steph August 9, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Both of my kids would enjoy this app.

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20 Elizabeth Drake August 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

My nephew would enjoy this app!

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21 Meghan Malicoat August 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I think both my 7 year old daughter and 5 year old son would like this app.

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22 shanna August 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm

My sons! Definitely =)

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23 Luna S August 9, 2014 at 11:22 pm

My daughter would like the app!

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24 Russell Moore August 9, 2014 at 11:43 pm

Any of my 6 grandkids would really enjoy this App.

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25 ReggieMann August 9, 2014 at 11:59 pm

My niece would enjoy this app very much

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26 soha molina August 10, 2014 at 12:01 am

My daughter would enjoy it.

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27 nickie August 10, 2014 at 12:58 am

my son would enjoy this app

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28 Crystal F August 10, 2014 at 3:18 am

My youngest daughter would like it. Thank you!

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29 ellen casper August 10, 2014 at 9:25 am

My sons would enjoy this app

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30 Cynthia C August 10, 2014 at 9:33 am

My nephew would enjoy this for sure.

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31 Amy Pratt August 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

My sister’s kids would love it.

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32 Kim Ripley August 10, 2014 at 11:25 am

My daughter would enjoy playing it!

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33 Serge B August 10, 2014 at 12:23 pm

My son would like the app

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34 Claudia August 10, 2014 at 12:39 pm

My son, Thank you for the opportunity to win!

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35 Lasonda August 10, 2014 at 2:39 pm

My grand child.

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36 Kristie August 10, 2014 at 2:57 pm

Both my kiddos would love it! :-)

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37 Valerie Taylor Mabrey August 10, 2014 at 3:27 pm

My grandson would like it.
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38 WHITNEY August 10, 2014 at 4:10 pm

My niece would enjoy this application.

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39 Deb Ford August 10, 2014 at 4:36 pm

I think my boys and I both would love this app!

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40 brandy g. August 10, 2014 at 5:21 pm

My nephew would enjoy this app.

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41 Linda Lansford August 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm

My grandson would enjoy this app

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42 Jessica August 10, 2014 at 8:09 pm

My nephew would love it

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43 Nancy August 10, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Our granddaughter would enjoy this app, I think.

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44 Lauren U August 10, 2014 at 9:28 pm

My son would like this app

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45 Barbara Montag August 10, 2014 at 9:52 pm

The grand kids would so love this app!
thank you

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46 denice p August 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm

I think my niece who is in the 3rd grade would enjoy the app. She needs reading lessons and this would probably keep her entertained.

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47 LaVonne August 10, 2014 at 11:48 pm

My six year old daughter is a huge Dragons fan. She’d love this app.

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48 Natalia D August 11, 2014 at 12:03 am

My both kids would love this app.

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49 Stacy N August 11, 2014 at 1:01 am

my daughter would love the app

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50 kjasus August 11, 2014 at 7:48 am

our whole family will! i love this movie as much as my son

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51 gayle gildehaus August 11, 2014 at 10:25 am

My three boys would like this.

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52 Heather S. August 11, 2014 at 10:49 am

My daughter would love this app! Thanks!

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53 Meagan bs August 11, 2014 at 11:39 am

my daughter would love this app.

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54 harold August 11, 2014 at 12:22 pm

My grandson would love it.

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55 Casondra king August 11, 2014 at 1:34 pm

My daughter would love it

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56 kim kihega August 11, 2014 at 5:15 pm

I think my youngest son would love it!

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57 Nicole August 12, 2014 at 4:06 am

My son and my daughter would really enjoy this app, looks awesome!

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58 Kim Keithline August 12, 2014 at 4:20 am

My son would enjoy this app

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59 Tammy S August 12, 2014 at 10:15 am

I know both my kids would love this app. They both are huge fans of the movies.

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60 vickie couturier August 12, 2014 at 11:02 am

my grandkids would enjoy this

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61 paige chandler August 12, 2014 at 3:10 pm

My daughter would love this app

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62 Tari Lawson August 12, 2014 at 4:28 pm

My son would like this app.

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63 Daniel M August 12, 2014 at 7:32 pm

my nephew loves the series!

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64 Nannypanpan August 12, 2014 at 8:26 pm

My son would like it

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65 jeni lutz August 13, 2014 at 8:55 am

My boys would enjoy this

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66 Sue Ellison August 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

My six year old son would love this app.

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67 Monique Rizzo August 13, 2014 at 2:48 pm

My daughter would enjoy this app.

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68 Jennifer H August 13, 2014 at 11:43 pm

I think my seven year old daughter would enjoy this app.

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69 Lexi August 14, 2014 at 10:18 am

My son who is 6 would love this app! And I think his sisters would enjoy it too!

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70 Dara Nix August 14, 2014 at 2:26 pm

I am tempted to say my granddaughter would enjoy it, but I would probably enjoy it also!

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71 Kathleen August 14, 2014 at 10:37 pm

My daughter

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72 Kathy Stevenson August 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm

My daughters would love this app.

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73 xty cruz August 15, 2014 at 12:37 am

My nephew will really enjoy this app

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74 Steve Stone August 15, 2014 at 11:31 am

my son jake would love this app.

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75 Nicole C. August 15, 2014 at 12:41 pm

My sons and daughter would love this app.

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76 Virginia August 15, 2014 at 4:10 pm

My niece would love it!

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77 sonia garcia August 16, 2014 at 2:39 pm

My daughter would enjoy the app.

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78 rickel bart August 16, 2014 at 6:48 pm

my daughter would love this app!

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79 Amber S. August 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm

My youngest son would enjoy this app.

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80 Kristi C August 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

My son would love this.

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81 shaunie August 16, 2014 at 9:16 pm

Would have to say that my god-son would love this app

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82 Allison August 16, 2014 at 9:55 pm

My sister who is 13 loves this movie! AND My 21 year old fiancee lol!!

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83 cyndi br August 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm

My grand kids would enjoy this app.

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84 Michael S. August 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm

My grandniece would love this. She loves to play games on the phone!

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85 Mariah August 17, 2014 at 6:55 pm

My son would enjoy this app

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86 janna johnson August 17, 2014 at 8:05 pm

My nephew likes this movie

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87 Douglas Houston August 18, 2014 at 4:45 pm

My little nephew would like this app, he’s seen both movies.

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88 Suzanne August 19, 2014 at 11:40 am

My 2 year old enjoyed reading this book in the app. I do agree that the price is a bit high, but it may be due to the httyd being the subject. I am not sure how frequently they will put out new books to read through, but my little guy wanted more. We have read it twice, but wish this app was developed with more chapters instead of just one. I like the interactive pages and the age levels it reads with. Overall very nice graphics and user friendly even for little ones to navigate with some help.

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89 Michelle Weaver August 19, 2014 at 2:17 pm

My little cousin would love this app.

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90 kyl neusch August 19, 2014 at 6:05 pm

My niece would

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91 Patricia August 20, 2014 at 11:05 am

My two boys would enjoy the app!!!

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92 Karen Drake August 20, 2014 at 1:20 pm

I think my daughter would love this app, it looks like a lot of fun.

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93 ET Pruitt August 20, 2014 at 4:40 pm

My little cousins would enjoy the app.

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94 Lisa V. August 20, 2014 at 5:35 pm

My grandchild would enjoy the app.

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95 erica h August 20, 2014 at 11:08 pm

My son would love this game

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96 Sarah B August 21, 2014 at 3:27 am

I would like this app! You’re never too old for a fun app.

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97 danielle Marie August 21, 2014 at 6:46 am

i would. how to train your dragon is one of my fave movies. obsessed!

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98 Jason Vaughn August 21, 2014 at 7:40 am

My friend’s son would enjoy it.

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99 stephanie baker August 21, 2014 at 2:34 pm

my 14-year-old foster daughter would LOVE this!

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100 Paula Michele Hafner August 21, 2014 at 4:00 pm

My son would love this. He loves the Train Your Dragon movies.

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101 Holly Kennedy August 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm

My husband, Mark. He travels a lot and loves his music.

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102 Jill Myrick August 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

My son loves “Dragons” and would love this app.

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103 Sarah Hall August 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

I think my grandson would use this app.

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104 Holly C. August 21, 2014 at 6:31 pm

my grandchildren would love this app!

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105 Leah B August 21, 2014 at 7:26 pm

My nephew, for sure!

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106 Tram Le August 21, 2014 at 7:49 pm

My nephew would enjoy this app.

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107 Erica B. August 21, 2014 at 11:39 pm

My nephew would enjoy it.

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108 Brittney House August 22, 2014 at 12:14 am

My son would love this.

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109 joni August 22, 2014 at 3:03 am

My daughter would love this app.

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110 Meredith Newton August 22, 2014 at 7:44 am

My granddaughter would love this

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111 Barb Stenby August 22, 2014 at 9:39 am

My son & I would enjoy this App

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112 mary j August 22, 2014 at 9:41 am

My husband and my neighbor’s boys

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113 Jennifer R August 22, 2014 at 10:22 am

My daughter would enjoy this Dreamworks Dragons App.

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114 Amanda G. August 22, 2014 at 10:42 am

My daughter would love it!

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115 Amity J August 22, 2014 at 10:43 am

Both of my daughters would like this..

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116 Tara Woods August 22, 2014 at 11:50 am

My two youngest nieces would enjoy this app.

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117 amy m August 22, 2014 at 12:43 pm

my niece would love this app

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118 Meghan August 22, 2014 at 1:31 pm

I think that my son might enjoy this app!

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119 Geoff K August 22, 2014 at 2:33 pm

My nephew Jake for sure – he’s a big Dragons fan and a tech junkie already!

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120 danielle hall August 22, 2014 at 2:49 pm

i think my nephew would love this app

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121 amy deeter August 22, 2014 at 3:47 pm

i think my daughter would enjoy this app

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122 Peggy Rydzewski August 22, 2014 at 4:30 pm

My grandson would enjoy this app

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123 Julie Hawkins August 22, 2014 at 5:25 pm

My kids would really enjoy this app

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124 Ed August 22, 2014 at 5:43 pm

Josie would enjoy this!

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125 Robin August 22, 2014 at 6:33 pm

My grandson would love this app.

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126 renee walters August 22, 2014 at 6:38 pm

My kids would enjoy this app.

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127 Jennifer Paige August 22, 2014 at 6:51 pm

My nephew would go coo-coo over this app.

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128 Jenny Q August 22, 2014 at 6:52 pm

My son would love this! The app looks like fun.

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129 mel August 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm

i think my girlfriend would

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130 Miz Vickik August 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm

My daughter would like it!

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131 kathy pease August 22, 2014 at 8:46 pm

I think my son Jordan would like this

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132 Coriander Warren August 22, 2014 at 8:59 pm

my daughter would definitely enjoy this app. we all love the movie!

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133 Kim Smith August 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm

My nephew would love this app

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134 Rebecca Lock August 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm

my son would enjoy this

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135 Roxann August 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm

My son would love this.

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136 Jennifer J August 22, 2014 at 9:29 pm

My nephew would take my phone and I would not see him for hours if I had this app!

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137 Breanne August 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

My nephew would

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138 RICHARD HICKS August 22, 2014 at 9:58 pm

I think our son would love the app

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139 Terry Cross August 22, 2014 at 10:18 pm

My grandson would enjoy this.

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140 heather August 22, 2014 at 10:58 pm

I want to win this one for my friends boys.

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141 Tabathia B August 22, 2014 at 11:00 pm

My daughter would enjoy this

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142 Trisha McKee August 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

My daughter would definitely enjoy this.

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143 CharityS August 23, 2014 at 12:38 am

My son would love this app.

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144 Buddy Garrett August 23, 2014 at 1:37 am

Our daughter would enjoy it.

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145 AEKZ2 August 23, 2014 at 1:55 am

My son would enjoy this app.

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146 Sarah L August 23, 2014 at 2:03 am

My nephew would get a kick out of this app.
Thanks for the contest.

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147 Thomas Murphy August 23, 2014 at 2:13 am

My son would like it.

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148 Sand August 23, 2014 at 3:03 am

My nephew would love this app!

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149 Denise Donaldson August 23, 2014 at 7:16 am

my daughter would enjoy it

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150 Joshua Kohl August 23, 2014 at 7:18 am

Yes very much so and my son would as well

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151 tracey byram August 23, 2014 at 8:21 am

My grandson would enjoy this app.

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152 s riches August 23, 2014 at 8:36 am

My nephew would like to have this app.

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153 Virginia Rowell August 23, 2014 at 8:50 am

My grandson, who just started kindergarten this week would love it!

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154 JoAnna Carpentier August 23, 2014 at 9:52 am

I think that my little sister would love it!

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