May 15, 2012 in Games (E)
[prMac.com] Encino, California - Brandissimo! Inc. today is pleased to introduce Luna Kettlebottom and the Magic Cauldron Society: Vlad and the Beanstalk for iPad. A free eBook for kids 4-8, the book is a modern retelling of the classic fairytale of Jack and the Beanstalk. 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 26 pages.
* 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 first great adventure in the new Luna Kettlebottom and The Magic Cauldron Society story series
* Perfect for kids 4-8 years old
* Fun for parents too!
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 story's narrator; Ghoulia, her self-obsessed, valley girl girlfriend; Vlad the adventurous young boy with vampirish good looks and a fear of heights; and Howl the big hungry and hairy werewolf. The fairy tale begins as they all gather in the secret room of the petrified tree, where they each toss offerings into the Magic Cauldron to unlock their mystical adventure.
After going through the Magic Cauldron Vortex they land in the village of Monster Meadow as characters in the tale. Luna plays the town's mayor, and Howl makes a guest appearance as the Giant. "One awful day, the sky thundered, the earth shook and darkness gripped the entire village. When the sun came out again, all the town's valuables, including all the gold from the bank, a gargoyle that lays golden eggs, and the Magnificent Monster Meadows Magical Musical Harp were gone!"
Over the course of the story, we discover that it was a Giant who lives in the clouds who was responsible for the theft. Fortunately for all, Vlad's Magic Beanstalk provides a direct, if dangerous, route up to the Giant's castle. Vlad makes several trips to retrieve the gold, the gargoyle, and the harp...and conquer his fear of heights. At every step of the way, there are puns, jokes, and adventure, fashioning a perfect, modern-day adaptation of the famous fairy tale.
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. By including relevant gameplay in our books we hope to help early readers experience the joy of reading."
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 4.0 or later (iOS 5 tested)
* 54.7 MB
Pricing and Availability:
Luna Kettlebottom and the Magic Cauldron Society - Vlad and the Beanstalk 1.0.17 is free for a limited time only and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category. The app is normally priced at $2.99 (USD). Review copies are available on request.
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.