Guest Post :: Michelle Anaya Talks Storybook Apps

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    Becoming a published author had always been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember. I wrote in journals, jotted ideas on post its, scribbled and doodled in sketch books but my partial stories and ideas never went beyond that. My blog was the first in many steps taken to becoming a more disciplined writer. About two years ago I decided to stop treating my writing as a hobby and there was no turning back.   First I did lots of research, bought books on writing and joined the online writing group CBI clubhouse. Learning best practices and getting valuable insight from published authors and industry experts was extremely helpful for laying the groundwork before get ting started. The only negative surprise was learning that my prospects of getting published were similar to those of winning the lottery. I forged ahead anyway with the writing and … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Grendel’s Great Escape


    We are excited to be reviewing Michelle Anaya's newly updated Grendel's Great Escape storybook app as we are big fans of her newest storybook app release Monster's Jam!  Grendel's Great Escape opens up with a picture of a young boy walking to school with his backpack on and a ferret sitting on top of it smiling at us.  We had the option to either Read it Ourselves or Have it Read to Us.  I usually like to start off with having it read to us so I can hear the narrator and how well they do with the storytelling.  I like Melissa Reizian Frank voice and she does a good job narrating the story.  We see Martin jumping out of bed (on the second alarm ring) and is looking to find his favorite monster Tee.  We are told to move the clothes around to help him find what he is looking for.  I can see why  this is his favorite T-shirt - it would probably be my daughter's as well.  … [Read more...]

App of the Week :: Monster Jam


    My daughter was begging me to review this new app from Blue Sandpiper Imprints called Monster Jam.  When I asked her why she was so excited about this app, she said "what's better than monster's playing music?"  I think the author, Michelle Anaya, has hit on something pretty special here.  Monster Jam is a storybook app that includes games and music activities. The first page opens up and we can either have it read to us or read it by ourselves.  We opted to have it read to us so we could enjoy playing the musical instruments and popping bubbles that came out of one of the monster's drinks.  But wait, I am getting ahead of myself.  The story is about a group of friends, Axe, Screech, Banger, Skyler, JD and Stones and made up the Ground Hogs band.  They were so excited because their band had made it into the local show and were now going to be "Mon-Stars" according to … [Read more...]