Oooo-liv-i-a! If you have young kids who watch Nickelodeon you may well have had a chance to catch an episode or two of ‘Olivia’ with them. It’s a hit in our household, where all of us enjoy the catchy theme song, the charming animation, and the funny storylines.
This week Olivia has come to the iPad, with the new Olivia Acts Out interactive eBook. Here’s a slice of the App Store description for it:
The adventures of Olivia zoom to life on the iPad! A brand new story based on the top-ranked TV show character and star of the best-selling Olivia book series will “multi-touch” your heart. With over 30 interactive animations, engaging effects and delightful 3D animation, this new series of eBook can be enjoyed by preschoolers, early readers and the young of every age. Polin8 was founded to bring the joy of reading with children to the digital era. We’ve built a multi-sensory eBook platform with animation, narration and touch to make reading both fun and educational.
Features: — A brand new Olivia story that’s funny and entertaining — More than 30 interactive animations — Fun sound effects — All pages are professionally narrated — Simple and intuitive user interface
As soon as I saw the promo email for this one, I downloaded it straight away, as Olivia is a real favorite for my daughter, and for my wife and I. I’ve only taken a quick peek at it so far, as I want to really check it out with my daughter later on – but I can tell you it looks (and sounds) quite good.
The app is currently priced at $3.99 – as an ‘Introductory Week Promotional Pricing’ from now until June 10. Here’s an App Store link for Olivia Acts Out for iPad; if you’ve got Olivia fans at home, you may well want to check this one out.
The Day The Music Stopped is an interactive, musical eBook for preschoolers that’s set to launch on the iPad (and iOS) App Store next week. The trailer for the app is excellent and the app itself looks great.
My daughter is 8 now, so she’s well above the target audience for this app, but based on the trailer I can see she would have loved, loved, loved this app when she was littler – and she may well like this a lot even now
The app is based on an award-winning and Emmy nominated DVD of the same name.
The Day The Music Stopped should be available in the App Store next week, and I’m looking forward to it.
Dark Prophecy is a new ‘digi-novel’ for the iPad. What’s a digi-novel? Apparently in this case it’s a mashup of a traditional thriller in eBook form with and hour long film, a series of ‘bridge’ videos, and a whole lot of interactive elements throughout.
Here’s a portion of its App Store introduction:
From the creator of the CSI franchise, Anthony E. Zuiker, comes Dark Prophecy: A Level 26 Thriller, the second book in the worldwide best-selling Level 26 series, featuring Steve Dark as the ultimate crime-scene tactician on the tail of the next embodiment of evil: the Tarot Card Killer.
Dark Prophecy for the iPad is the ultimate ‘Digi-novel’ experience, combining a 400 page, edge- of-your-seat reading experience; an hour long film, directed by Anthony E. Zuiker and starring Dan Buran, Justine Bateman and Michael Ironside, which takes you deeper into the character of Steve Dark; and an engaging, interactive experience that moves readers from passages in the book, to the ‘cyber-bridge’ videos, to a app features like collecting bios and evidence, and finally to the 100,000+ strong online community at Level26.com.
This week’s iPad App of the Week in the App Store is Solar System for iPad. It’s an eBook about the solar system by a best-selling author, Marcus Chown, who is a cosmology consultant to New Scientist magazine and the author of numerous books including The Quantum Zoo (known internationally as Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You).
Here’s more information on the app, via its App Store description:
A breakthrough electronic book about the Solar System, offering hours of interactive exploration and presenting a treasure trove of visual information.
‘Oh, the Places You’ll Go‘ is the latest Dr. Seuss title to be brought to the iPad (and iPhone) by Oceanhouse Media. Here’s part of the synopsis of this tale from its App Store page:
Full of good wishes and sage advice, this tale chronicles a cheerful little guy in a yellow jumpsuit as he makes his way in the world. He travels through a wide variety of colorful Seussian landscapes, cities, and sticky situations – some exhilarating, some depressing, some a little frightening.