Nora's Crabby Day is a new iOS interactive picture book app for kids

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[] Silver Spring, Maryland - PicPocket Books has released a charming, vividly illustrated story for iPad and iPhone called Nora's Crabby Day. One bright and sunny morning, Nora wakes up to discover that nothing is as it should be. From the moment she opens her big blue eyes, she realizes that she is in a very crabby mood. And all too soon, she discovers that crabbiness can be contagious. No matter where she looks or what she does, a dark cloud seems to follow her throughout the day. Her breakfast, trees, birds, animals and the children at school are all affected by the foul mood that she just can't shake. Nora wonders what has brought on this curse - and more importantly - how can she make it stop? In the end, love and family triumph. Nora finds her smile and so will readers of all ages.

Nora's Crabby Day was written and illustrated by husband and wife creative team Jan and Todd Graveline. The story is dedicated to their daughter Nora.

"Everyone gets in a bad mood every now and then," says co-creator Jan Graveline. "But when it happens to young children, they often don't understand how to deal with it. It really can seem like the whole world is against them." She continues, "When our beautiful Nora was young, we had a few crabby days of our own. Fortunately, laughter and hugs got us through and became the inspiration for this sweet story."

Nora's Crabby Day is a full-color, interactive story told in whimsical rhyme with bold, stunning illustrations. It features a lively soundtrack, a professionally recorded voiceover artist, and a variety of animated features and sounds that will delight children and adults. Created to entertain and engage, the story also carries an important message for children that negative emotions don't have to ruin the day.

About the Creators:
Jan and Todd Graveline are happily married and enjoy pursuing their creative passions. Their first i-book, Randy the Daydreaming Dog, was published in 2011 and called "a graphical masterpiece," in a 5-star review from Apps4Kids.

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

Pricing and Availability:
Nora's Crabby Day HD 3.5 is $1.99 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!


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