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Wanderful Launches New Collection of Interactive Storybook Apps Originally Published by Living Books for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch
Interactive, Animated, Multilingual Apps –Mercer Mayer’s “Little Monster at School,” Marc Brown’s “Arthur’s Teacher Trouble,” Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare” – Inspire Kids to Read
SAN FRANCISCO – September 11, 2012 –Wanderful launched today a new collection of engaging and multilingual interactive storybook apps for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch based on classic titles originally published as Living Books by Brøderbund Software. These interactive storybook apps deliver imaginative and fully interactive experiences for young and emerging readers through high-quality animated content loved by children, parents and teachers alike. The three new apps –Mercer Mayer’s “Little Monster at School,” Marc Brown’s “Arthur’s Teacher Trouble” and Aesop’s “The Tortoise and the Hare,” – are available beginning today on the App Store.
Wanderful apps are highly intuitive and encourage children to explore each story and all its content. Every app features custom music, extended animation and hundreds of interactive hot spots and antics, providing a deeper experience and more interactivity on one page than other story apps offer in total. While fully interactive at the page level, each app also includes the classic “Read to Me” mode that lets young readers watch and listen to the story play automatically.
Wanderful has created an easy-to-use dynamic language function that allows readers to switch languages on-the-fly from anywhere in the story – a stunningly simple and powerful feature unlike anything found in other interactive storybooks or eBooks. Launching with English, Spanish and French, future versions of the products will be available in Japanese, German, Italian, U.K. English and Brazilian Portuguese.
“Wanderful’s new interactive storybooks bring back the beloved and best-selling Living Books. These rich experiences enable today’s students to read, play and learn together,” said Mickey W. Mantle, president and CEO, Wanderful. “Each Wanderful interactive storybook is a truly ‘wanderful’ experience – full of surprises, whimsy and humor – and an invitation to discover because everything inside each storybook is alive.”
The first three Wanderful interactive storybooks can be found on the App Store at:
The Little Monster at School, Arthur’s Teacher Trouble and The Tortoise and the Hare Apps are available for $4.99 from the App Store on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore. A premium upgrade is available for all three apps – $2.99 via In-App Purchase – which includes a 40-80 page Classroom Activities guide as well as regular feature updates. French can be added for a $1.99 In-App Purchase and is included in the Little Monster and Arthur Apps premium upgrades.
Originally introduced in 1992 by Broderbund Software, Living Books were the industry’s first highly interactive storybooks and embraced by educators, praised by parents and cherished by children. Twenty years later, Bay Area based Wanderful has assembled key members of the original team, including Living Books creator Mark Schlichting, to re-invent the wildly popular interactive storybooks. The team has built an entirely new multi-platform engine to drive the story experience on the latest tablets, phones and computers, resulting in interactive storybook apps designed for today’s generation of digital kids. Visit www.wanderful.com for more information.