The Artifacts: by Slap Happy Larry

★ “Overall this is a phenomenal digital app that takes storytelling to another level.” – Digital Storytime
★ “A beautiful, resonant story about the way we leave behind childish things…” – Kirkus Reviews
★ “A captivating transformation of a teen, with great re-readability…” – Curated Book Apps For Kids
★ “The Artifacts is highly sophisticated, provoking thought at several levels…” – iPad App Reviews by Gill Robins
★ “Everyone has been asking, “Where are the story apps for tweens and teens?” Well, here’s one for them. Will they respond to it? You bet.” – School Library Journal
★ “The Artifacts is a celebration of the power of individual thought and imagination. It is at the top of Bloom’s triangle. I highly recommend it for middle school iPads.” – Literacy Journal

The Artifacts is a brand new, original picture book created especially for iPad/iPod Touch and iPhone.

It is inspired in equal parts by: childhood collections of bizarre and unlikely things, memories of moving house, the minimalist movement, and the joy of creating imaginative worlds of one’s own.


My Sister’s Not Like Other Sisters

“My Sister’s Not Like Other Sisters” is a heartfelt interactive story about the beautiful and inextricable (albeit sometimes frustrating!) bond between sisters. It has been thoughtfully designed for the kinesthetic/tactile, visual and auditory learner – to ensure a holistic, interactive experience.

Maggie is a little sister, and she drives her older sister crazy!

Maggie doesn’t help her older sister to tidy up and she won’t let her older sister be the princess at playtime either. She steals her older sister’s big two-wheeler bike and even scribbles over her older sister’s drawings. Maggie is definitely not like other sisters.

But beneath it all, Maggie is brave and caring. She makes her older sister laugh when she’s scared and consoles her when she’s sad. In her own quirky way, Maggie shows her older sister just how much she loves her and why she is, indeed, not like other sisters.

This app story was a hit with the 5-9 years olds I shared it with recently, and with their teachers. They loved the many interactive features especially the one that allows you to create your own art and embed it in the story.  A tender and funny story that was also enjoyed by the boys in the audience.


What is a QBook?

QBook™ is an interactive read-along digital colour picture book format designed by Kiwa Media for  children. QBook is an eBook, iPhone and iPad app that combines a narrators voice with original picture illustrations and touchable text that is synchronised to highlight and sound when words are touched. There are great puzzles and games to enjoy as well.

Personalize each book with ‘this book belongs to …
Swipe-to-Read™ to highlight and playback the story at your own pace
Touch-to-Hear™ individual words spoken
Touch-to-Spell™ to hear the letters that spell each and every word
Auto Play to enjoy the narration
Use the iRead™ Function to read and record the story yourself and customize your book
Use the Colour Palette to paint each page and save this to customize your book
QBook is a great activity for kids of all ages and helps develop reading and comprehension skills. QBook can also be used as part of a lesson plan or reading strategy and helps children learn spelling and pronunciation.

Check out all the apps from Kiwa Media here

Includes familiar New Zealand content such as The Wonky Donkey , Hairy Maclary and Quaky Cat.  Click on individual publishers for titles.

Who Stole The Moon?

Join Bertie on his quest to find the moon, with this charming bedtime story that will gently nurture your child’s imagination, and send them off into the magical world of dreams.
If the moon disappeared, wouldn’t you be worried too?
Help solve the mystery! Meet some amazing animal friends. Play games with them and sing together. Follow Bertie through the whole book on his quest for the moon.

~ 4 games.
~ 8 original songs, plus karaoke.

This book was written by Helen from England who has her own moon obsessed toddler. The book was illustrated by Vlad from Russia who is tall and thin and loves coffee with milk.

P.S. This book is interactive! Touch and drag things across the screen. Use headphones for best audio experience.

This is a delightful reading experience for very young children. Appeals to the grandmother in me. Beautiful graphics and one of the nocturnal animals Bertie meets on his quest to find the moon is a kiwi. The activities include the timeless game of ‘match it’.


Numberlys presents a fanciful depiction of the origins of the alphabet and is the newest interactive epic from Moonbot Studios, the creators of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. Numberlys is a story App celebration of the early fantasy epics King Kong, Metropolis and Flash Gordon with a dollop of the Marx Brothers, a splash of the Fleischer Studios technicolor Superman and a little bit of the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Numberlys is huge in scope. It’s an adventure! A mystery! A game! And a story.

It’s a new way to entertain, learn and rediscover our storytelling “golden age”.

WOW. Allow yourself 30 minutes with this incredible app.  A little more expensive to buy but good value.