Pinocchio

For little readers (and adults) who don’t want to just stand and look, but who want to play an active role in this unforgettable adventure. Thanks to the iPad’s (or iPhone) magic.

Are you familiar with the story of Pinocchio, the little puppet who talks, moves and throws tantrums just like a regular child (but who is certainly no child)?
Then you might like to help Geppetto build his puppet, bit by bit, or use your own hands to move Fire Eater’s marionettes, or even throw yourself into the joyful music of Toyland. This is what you’ll be doing when you go from one scene to the next in this app. But you’ll also have to wend your way through the dark forest full of mysterious night animals, deal with a monstrous snake, save your little puppet friend before his feet catch on fire, and figure out how to turn him into a real, live little boy…
How will you manage all this? By keeping your eyes peeled and your ear to the ground (oh, and mind where you put your feet, or fingers!). Each and every scene is full of surprises.
Features
-Interactivity–an array of different interactive elements, with touch-sensitive animation or sound effects, moving figures you can interact with, objects you can throw, drag or move by tilting your iPad/iPhone
-Animation
-Original artist’s illustrations
-Original music, with 4 themes composed especially for this app
-2D/3D engine with physical support, particle systems, shaders, flares and lots more besides, developed specifically for this app
-An absorbing story that traces the most exciting and moving events in Collodi’s classic tale
– English and Italian narration

A perfect app to support the study of toys at school this term. This classic, longer story with stunning graphics will appeal to all ages and it certainly hooked my review class of discerning six-year-olds today. This app will require children to be more actively engaged in reading and predicting as opposed to just being entertained by the interactive elements.


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Patrick Carman’s 3:15

From Patrick Carman and the makers of Skeleton Creek, 3:15 re-invents the spooky short story for a wired world. 3 stands for listen, read, and watch, because that’s what you do with a 3:15 story. 15 is how long it’s going to take you: 15 minutes or less. Listen to Paul Chandler introduce the tale, then read for about ten minutes, then watch the chilling end for yourself in a two minute video – all within the app itself. Join the 3:15 community at http://www.315stories.com and discover the deeper mysteries of Paul Chandler and the world of 3:15.

Created by PC Studio, the award winning development company headed by bestselling author Patrick Carman, known for popular multimedia reading experiences including Skeleton Creek, TRACKERS, and 39 Clues.

From Wired.com: 3:15 stays true to the goal of attracting readers by finding them where they already spend their time.

Very clever combination from one of the authors of the ’39 Clues’ books.  Readers who like scary stories will enjoy this one.  Hope there will be more.