The Owl Says Hoot helps children learn what animals (and parents) say

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[] Silver Spring, Maryland - PicPocket Books has released The Owl Says Hoot HD 2.4 for iPad. Young children love rhyme, rhythm and repetition. The Owl Says Hoot provides all three along with simple, engaging illustrations. From the first verse children will be hooked: The owl says hoot in the middle of the night, in the middle of the night when the moon is shining bright, the owl says hoot.

Author/illustrator Laurie Andriot is thrilled to work with PicPocket Books. "As a grandmother, it is important for me to partner with a company that respects children and strives to provide a meaningful experience via technology. I wrote and illustrated The Owl Says Hoot for my grandchildren and for children everywhere. I think it's vital for children to learn and respect the essence of every animal. On each page, a different animal is portrayed in its own environment. They'll see and appreciate a cat being a cat, a cow being a cow, and finally, a parent being a parent."

Publisher Lynette Mattke explains, "With a nod to traditional board books, the Owl Says Hoot is a wonderful story to read to child on your lap. I love that the story doesn't end with visiting the animals, but brings us right home for bedtime, with the precious child snuggled in our arms."

With animation, the iPad app makes the animals "come alive" on the page: the owl blinks, the bee flies across the sky. And with realistic touch activated sound effects, children will hear a cow moo, a cat purr, and a duck quack.

The Owl Says Hoot is the kind of book that children (and parents) will read then read again. The gentle nature of this book makes it the perfect bedtime story. But beware, after the last verse has been read, the child is likely to say "Again."

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

Pricing and Availability:
The Owl Says Hoot 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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