New iOS app "A Royal Little Pest" entertains and educates

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[] Silver Spring, Maryland - PicPocket Books has released a new vibrantly illustrated story for the iPad called A Royal Little Pest (coming soon for iPhone). Prince Hayden MacCheeky, the youngest of three royal siblings, loves imitating and irritating his brother and sister. When they decide to leave him out of their play time, Prince Hayden soon learns that it's better to laugh with his siblings than to laugh at them. This amusing story, the first in a series, contains a life lesson that can apply to all children - whether royal or not!

"I'm so excited that A Royal Little Pest is now available for the iPad," says author, and literacy program manager, Anita Reynolds MacArthur. "Primary teachers and parents alike are using this simple, high-interest book as a read aloud to encourage social responsibility in the classroom and at home. Now that the App is available, encouraging social responsibility while learning invaluable reading skills just got easier."

A Royal Little Pest is a full-color, interactive storybook App that features relevant animations as well as a professional voice recording by morning radio host and popular Toronto media figure Erin Davis.

Varying the text with super-sized letters for emphasis in the story is a technique which helps advance both letter recognition and reading skills in young readers. Text-audio synchronization (word highlighting) allows children to easily follow along. A simple touch lets them hear any word read again, making this App a valuable tool for independent reading practice. Parents and teachers are encouraged to visit the MacCheeky Facebook page for plenty of conversation about literacy. The engaging storyline and digital illustrations will delight readers of all ages and is sure to be a happy part of many a bedtime snuggle!

About the Picture Book:
The picture book A Royal Little Pest ((C) 2009) is a "Top 10 Great Books for Children 2010," as awarded by the Canadian Toy-Testing Council (CTTC). One of approximately 100 entries, this first picture book in the MacCheeky series was chosen by a panel of over 1,000 children from across the country. This award-winning picture book recently received an Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Magazine's 18th Annual International Book Awards. It was promoted in the March/April 2011 issue of Writer's Digest.

About the Author:
Born and raised in Montreal, Anita Reynolds MacArthur relocated to Toronto to pursue a career in educational publishing. She worked for 15 years editing other people's words before deciding to write some words of her own. She currently resides in a Toronto suburb with her husband, three children, and the family dog Goober. Anita's inspiration for writing children's picture book stories comes from the everyday little challenges and miracles that occur in her family life. Anita continues to work in educational publishing (yes, she still has her day job). In her spare time, Anita visits schools to promote the importance of literacy and how it relates to students' everyday lives.

Device Requirements:
* iOS 4.3 or later
* Compatible with iPad
* 25.6 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Royal Little Pest HD 3.5 is $2.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

Based in Silver Spring, Maryland, PicPocket Books was founded in the spring of 2009 by the husband and wife team of Lynette and Manuel Mattke, who share a passion for children's literature and technological innovation. To download any of the PicPocket Books apps, please visit the iTunes App Store and search for 'PicPocket Books.' PicPocket Books offer parents and their kids an alternative to flashy, and sometimes violent, fast-paced video games. Their book apps have some simple animations and/or interactive hot spots to encourage exploration and engagement. Overall, they strive to remain quite faithful to the original books with their apps and want to be careful not to obscure the reading experience with too much interactivity. They champion books and reading aloud to kids, and see bookapps as supplements, not replacements, for print books and the valuable time parents can spend reading with their kids. If having kids' books available on mobile devices means more exposure to stories and enthusiasm for reading for kids, then that is a success! Copyright (C) 2009-2012 PicPocket Books. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.


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