And So We Begin Release Angel's Great Escape narrated by Alan Titchmarsh

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[] London, United Kingdom - Angel's Great Escape: A Christmas Story is an original tale written in rhyming verse by the founder of And So We Begin, Kirstie Rowson with warm and cosy narration provided by British national treasure, Alan Titchmarsh. The app features beautiful illustrations by Kristyna Litten accompanied by an original score written by Ginny Walker. And So We Begin worked with online agency, J & J ( and independent developer, Stefan Nowak of SN2apps ( to create the app using the Corona SDK framework (

Angel's Great Escape is a magical story about Angel and her decoration friends, Fairy, Reindeer, Snowman and Teddy who have been left behind at the house of Mr Mean and his son. They know that they belong on the Christmas tree in the house of the Good family across the road. They need to escape! But can they make it?

Children can tap, drag and swipe to help the decorations as they clamber down the stairs, dive through the cat flap and wade through the deep snow to get to their dream home. All the while being pursued by the Mean family cat who is surprisingly good at throwing snowballs. An unexpected ally is waiting in the snow to help the decorations along the way and the reader can be part of the adventure. And look who's waiting to greet them at the Good's house, it's Father Christmas who needs some help to put them all on to the tree!

This is illustrator Kristyna Litten's second app assignment having already brought Michael Rosen's poem, The Talent Show, to life for the Story Cloud project for Discover Children's Story Centre ( Kristyna studied Illustration at Edinburgh College of Art and graduated in 2010. Her first picture book, Flint's Odd Socks, followed by Chickens Can't See In The Dark were highly commended for the Macmillan Prize two year's running and she recently won the silver award in the Children's Book category of the AOI's flagship competition Images 36.

Kristyna has loved working on the project, "As an illustrator I spend much of my time coming up with characters that I imagine move in a certain way or have particular expressions, so it is really exciting to work in such a different way that totally brings the characters to life."

Writer of Angel's Great Escape and founder of And So We Begin, Kirstie Rowson is excited about the app's release, "Christmas is all about that wonderful feeling we get from family and friends gathering around and the cosy familiarity of the Christmas classics. We really hope that Angel's Great Escape will become part of that tradition and children will enjoy Angel's festive adventure year after year. We are so lucky to be working with all of our collaborators and couldn't be more over the moon that Alan Titchmarsh agreed to narrate the story, his warm tones really complete the Christmassy feel of the story."

Angel's Great Escape: A Christmas Story app is compatible with:
* iPad (all versions) and iPhone 3GS/4/4S/5
* Mobiles and tablets running Android 2.2 or higher, e.g. Samsung Galaxy S3, Google Nexus 7 & 10, Nook (all versions), Kindle Fire (all versions), etc.

Pricing and Availability:
The Angel's Great Escape story book app is available at an introductory price of 1.99 or $2.99.

Located in London, United Kingdom, And So We Begin is a new, small and collaborative app maker. They make apps that we hope parents and children will enjoy together. They like making people smile. They know that nothing can replace real life books but think that apps allow children to engage in stories in a whole new exciting way. Founder Kirstie Rowson is as an event manager by day, working on projects as diverse as BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. By night, Kirstie is a story, copy and scriptwriter and she is currently developing projects with Graft Films. And So We Begin started to take shape with Kirstie's desire to self-publish her children's stories and a realisation that creating them as apps would truly bring her stories to life. Her organisational expertise has also lead to her co-write a wedding guide book, The Complete Wedding Handbook: Your Wedding, Your Way published by Virgin Books. Copyright (C) 2012 And So We Begin. 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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