Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Interactive Digital Children's Books Are Coming

Moonbot Studios in Shreveport, Louisiana has produced an interactive children's book for the iPad. The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore by William Joyce, is an interactive digital story based on an award-winning animated short film of the same name.

The iPad version sells for $5 from the App Store so it is marketed as an "app" rather than a book. The app begs the question of whether it is a book at all because it is based on an animated film not on a book and a traditional print version was developed afterward.

Each of the 27 pages (screens) offers the reader a chance to interact with the character Morris. From the opening tornado scene where you can change the speed and direction of Morris tumbling through the storm, to a screen where you help Morris repair some books, the progress of the story requires the reader to take action.

An options bar on the side of the screen allows you to listen to the story with or without text, read it without narration, or turn on the accompanying musical soundtrack.

Each reading of the story will be unique, since it is influenced by the reader's interaction with the touch screen. The creators call it the reinvention of digital storytelling.

Click on the heading above to get the back story on the creation of The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

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