Shave a tarantula with Weird Al Yankovic app

Weird Al will read his kids' book to your little angels with the Al Yankovic: When I Grow Up app for iOS. Try your hand at shaving tarantulas and giving gorilla massages with the extra mini-games.

Weird Al's When I Grow Up
Let Weird Al read your kid to sleep with a bedtime story. Harper Collins Children's Books

From the same man who brought us the songs "Nature Trail to Hell" and "Trigger Happy" comes an iOS app geared for kids. The Al Yankovic: When I Grow Up app expands on the Weird Al children's picture book of the same name.

The picture book portion is chock full of interactive Easter eggs that can be found by swiping, tapping, and turning the device. The story itself is a breezy and creative look at a young boy considering his career options. Snail trainer? Giraffe milker? Anything is possible.

Choose between the read-it-yourself option or have Weird Al read the story in his own enthusiastic way. This may or may not scar your kids for life.

There are several mini-games built into the app that are just challenging enough to keep an adult occupied for a few minutes. I sucked at being a masseuse for gorillas, but I pulled off the tarantula shaving pretty well.

The introductory price for the app is set at $2.99. You'll get the most bang for your buck with the iPad version. The extra screen space gives you room to explore the illustrations and tackle the games.

It's OK if you download this app even if you don't have kids. Just crank up "White & Nerdy" and try your hand at the Xtreme Snail Race.

Weird Al tarantula shaving game
Tarantula shaving: Don't try this in real life. Screenshot by Amanda Kooser/CNET

 

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