App of the Week :: Storm & Skye and The Secret of the Car Wash

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  Storm & Skye and The Secret of the Car Wash is a magical audio-visual tale that lasts a little over 45 minutes!!! The story starts out with the narrator that lets you know that Storm, a young boy, has recently moved to a new part of town with his mum, and his step-dad Baldwin. Storm isn't too keen on this situation; having left all of his friends, and especially his dad back on the other side of town. This allows you into the mind of Storm and how he's feeling with no friends and in a new area. Displaced. Baldwin, his step-dad, "can't even get a bookcase put together" [as he's been working on it for a couple of days, whereas his dad would have had it completed in hours]. So many kids can relate to this or may know/have friends that can so they are able to empathize. There are small swirling circles that will pop up at various moments throughout the chapters and … [Read more...]

In the Spotlight with Nina Lim

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  It is so wonderful to see other authors realize their dream of creating a children's picture book.  I think many parents are inspired by their children to create something they can share with them.  This week I had a chance to interview Nina Lim, Author and eBook Publisher of Super Harry's Rotten Luck that demonstrates to kids that some days just aren't that great.  And by changing his actions, Harry is able to change his luck.  It is written and illustrated  is such a hilarious way - you are sure to get some laughs while you read it together.  Here is what Nina had to say about her journey so far:  Why did you decide to launch your children's story as an app?  I wanted to create a children’s book app when I saw how much magic and learning was possible with the iPad. The opportunity to add narration and sound effects was really fun. Most of all, I was impressed with how the … [Read more...]