May 20, 2011 in Books (E)
[prMac.com] Los Angeles, California - zuuka, the world's largest publisher of mobile children's book applications through its iStoryTime label, announced that the TOON Books are now available as a free download for iPhone and iPad. Available in the Education category, TOON Books are the first high-quality comics designed for children ages four and up and include Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons, Jack and the Box and Little Mouse Gets Ready.
Each TOON book comes preloaded with the complete storybook with the option to purchase audio narration for $0.99 (USD) each by the books' authors or voice actors in English, Spanish, French, Chinese, and/or Russian. Speech balloons pop up as they're read allowing children to have their favorite panels read over and over again. A groundbreaking tool in developing literacy, the TOON Books are perfect for the beginning reader and the pre-reader alike.
Available TOON Books include:
* Silly Lilly and the Four Seasons by Agnes Rosensthiel - Lilly is a spunky little girl who delights in the unexpected pleasures of each season, peering inside shells in the summer and tasting different kinds of apples in the fall. In this charming and subtle book by one of France's premier children's book authors, Lilly learns more about the outdoors and introduces the youngest readers to the colors, words, and shapes that arise in nature.
* Jack and the Box by Art Spiegelman - Jack just got a new toy, and it's full of surprises. Each time the box pops open, there's a new and bigger surprise. Is it a silly toy, a scary toy or something else entirely? With a limited vocabulary and unlimited imagination, Art Spiegelman applies his out-of-the-box thinking to a book that has all the surprise and bounce of a jack-in-the-box.
* Little Mouse Gets Ready by Jeff Smith - There's lots to do before Little Mouse is ready to go visit the barn. Will he master all the intricacies of getting dressed, from snaps and buttons to Velcro and tail holes?
Each book in the collection is just right for reading to the youngest child but perhaps more remarkable is that this is the first collection ever designed to offer newly-emerging readers comics they can read themselves. TOON Books has been vetted by educators to ensure that the language and the narratives will nurture young minds. TOON Books feature original stories and characters created by veteran children's book authors, renowned cartoonists and new talents, all applying their extraordinary skills to fascinate young children with clearly told tales that will welcome them to the magic of reading.
Pricing and Availability:
Each of the TOON books are available for free download and audio narration may be purchased for $0.99 (USD) each and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store.
zuuka is the world's largest publisher of mobile children's entertainment and is the combined venture of U.S.-based FrogDogMedia and Germany-based zukka! GmbH. zuuka utilizes the largely successful iStoryTime name as its flagship label and joint brand. With more than 100 Apps available in 80 countries from clients such as Cartoon Network, The Jim Henson Company, Thienemann, Carlsen, arsEdition, Jacoby&Stuart and Random House, zuuka provides content owners a distribution channel for delivering children's content on a global scale. zuuka is available on Apple's iPhone, iPod touch and iPad and iPad 2 as well as a wide range of Android devices through the Google and Amazon Android marketplaces and soon will be available on Android tablets. Copyright (C) 2011 zuuka. 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.