When I was a kid, I wasn’t a big reader however I was a huge fan of choose your own adventure books. You know, the series of children’s gamebooks written from a second-person point of view, and allowed the reader to make the choices that would determine the main character’s actions and ultimately the plot’s outcome. From the moment I discovered these books I couldn’t put them down. These books were one of the most popular children’s series throughout the 80’s and 90’s.
Chatting with my son recently, I was surprised that he had never come across this style of book, so I went on a thrifting mission to acquire as many as I could to share my favourite childhood stories with my kids.
Netflix has recently launched a brand new Interactive Storytelling experience that brings my favourite childhood choose your own adventure books to life – behind the screen, giving children and families another way to enjoy their favourite shows. Kids (and adults!) can now play the role of director, controlling how the story unfolds on the screen. Using the remote, Netflix viewers will select one of of two different options for the story to proceed.
You guys! This is life changing! If your kids are anything like mine, when they find a show they like, they watch it on repeat – again, and again, and again. With so many endings and choice points, kids will be able to watch the same title over and over, without hearing or seeing the same exact story. Parents, REJOICE!
Start your own adventure with Puss in Book: Trapped in an Epic Tale, which is available on Netflix globally on both iOS and TV devices, followed by Buddy Thunderstruck: The Maybe Pile, and Stretch Armstrong: The Breakout available later this year.
Did you read choose your own adventure books as a child?
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