Hip Modern Re-Telling Satirizes Fairy Tale Genre in Luna Red Riding Hood

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[prMac.com] Encino, California - Brandissimo! Inc. today is pleased to introduce Luna Kettlebottom and the Magic Cauldron Society: Luna Red Riding Hood for iPad. A free eBook for kids 4-8, the book is a modern retelling of the classic fairytale of Little Red Riding Hood. The company's CEO, David Snyder, is a former head of creative content at Disney TV Intl, and the app features graphics, animation, voiceovers, music, sound effects, and interactivity far superior to most kids' eBooks. The app is filled with jokes, puns, and humorous alliteration, and there are touch-activated, reader activities on all 25 pages.

Feature Highlights:
* Fun adaptation of a classic story
* Your child actively helps our gang get through the story...our books are engaging experiences that support reading skills
* Hidden treats on every page
* The second great adventure in the new Luna Kettlebottom and The Magic Cauldron Society story series
* New, advanced animation and interactivity
* Perfect for kids 4-8 years old
* Fun for parents too!
* Play the accompanying game, Cauldron Chaos (in-app purchase)

Luna Kettlebottom is a new series of eBooks about a group of "monster" kids who are transported together, through a magic cauldron, into exciting and funny adventures. The app's title page introduces the gang: Luna Kettlebottom, a young, organizationally-minded girl, who is the founder of the Magic Cauldron Society and the storyís narrator; Ghoulia, her self-obsessed, valley girl girlfriend; Vlad, the adventurous young boy with vampirish good looks and an accomplished punster; and Howl, the big hungry and hairy werewolf. The fairy tale begins as they all gather in the secret room of the petrified tree, just as they did in their first adventure, Luna Kettlebottom and the Magic Cauldron Society: Vlad and the Beanstalk.

There is a playful rivalry between Luna and Ghoulia, and when Ghoulia makes an insulting comment about her friend's pointy witch's hat, Luna impetuously jumps into the cauldron. Having suddenly begun their adventure by herself, Ghoulia, Vlad, Howl, and pet dog Woofenstein are forced to jump in and try to catch up. After going through the Magic Cauldron Vortex they land in the village as characters in the tale. Luna takes the starring role as Red Riding Hood, Ghoulia plays the Grandma, the male lead is Vlad as the Woodcutter, and Howl makes a guest appearance as the Wolf.

Luna Red Riding Hood sets out on her visit to Grandma's house, warned not to ever leave the path. On her way, she meets the Woodcutter, helps him sharpen his axe, and in return receives a noisemaker to blow if she gets into trouble. Afterwards, she comes to a sign on the path, "Stop! Path Closed!," and leaning mischievously with his elbow on the sign is Howl the Wolf. "This is your LUCKY DAY! I happen to know that for a limited time only, one of these secret trails here will get you to Grandma's House the fastest! So think carefully... would you like to take Trail Number 1? Trail Number 2? Or Trail Number 3?" And the reader must choose one of the three illuminated trails signs.

Over the course of the story, we go through an interactive game to return to the path, and finally arrive at Grandma's House. Of course, the Wolf has eaten her, and dressed in her clothing (user-selectable), is now pretending to be her as she lay in bed. There are some awesome animation effects as Luna notices Grandma's very big eyes, ears, and teeth. At every step of the way, there are puns, jokes, and adventure, fashioning a perfect, modern-day adaptation of the famous fairy tale. Featuring more advanced interactivity and visual effects than the first book, Luna Red Riding Hood includes such cinematic touches as POV and overhead shots, motion blur, and canted camera angles. The complete eBook is free and allows parents and kids to follow Luna and the gang from start to finish. For those readers wanting to know more about the Magic Cauldron Society, there is an optional, accompanying game, entitled Cauldron Chaos that can be unlocked through an in-app purchase.

What separates Luna Kettlebottom and the Magic Cauldron Society from the many offerings for children on the iTunes App Store is the extraordinary quality of every aspect of the book's production. As stated, the app features graphics, animation, voiceovers, music, sound effects, and interactivity far superior to similar eBooks. Particularly noteworthy are the performances of the veteran voiceover artists who play the roles of the children. Both their personas and earnest dialogue lend the story a level of realism not often achieved in eBooks.

"We looked at the market for kids' eBooks and found that almost all of their producers were simply slapping the hard cover book into the digital medium with very minor interactivity. So we developed Luna Kettlebottom such that the young reader actively participates in the story on every page," commented Andrew Babb of Brandissimo!. "The text is on the bottom of the page and the reader interacts with the characters in the illustrations in order to progress through the adventure. Speech bubbles are revealed and heard aloud by touching each character. By including relevant gameplay in our books we hope to help early readers experience the joy of reading."

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 52.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
Luna Kettlebottom and the Magic Cauldron Society: Luna Red Riding Hood is free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. Cauldron Chaos, the accompanying game, is available as an in-app purchase for $0.99 (USD).

Based in Encino, California, Brandissimo! was founded by David Snyder in 2002. Brandissimo! is a kids-entertainment company that produces games, apps, websites and television shows that connect with kids via story, character and great interactivity. Copyright (C) 2012 Brandissimo!. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, and iPod are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries. Other trademarks and registered trademarks may be the property of their respective owners.