A fantastic mix of story and non-fiction, Rounds: Franklin Frog follows the life cycle of a frog through three generations, with a highly innovative, looping narrative, a unique, graphic illustration style, lots of interactivity, original animation, music, and children’s voices, and dozens of interesting facts about frogs – did you know that frogs chew by pressing food against the back of their eyeballs with their tongues?
Join in with every stage of a frog’s life – jump, swim, catch flies, avoid predators, find a place to hibernate, croak to attract a mate, lay eggs, hatch, and transform from a tadpole into a frog – and then start from the beginning again! It’s absolutely perfect for 3+ year olds, with easy, intuitive interactivity, lots of helpful dialogue and hints, and a great introduction to biology and life sciences, at home or in the classroom.
If you enjoy reading The Three Little Pigs, you might like our other fairytale apps, Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood, as well – and if you sign up to our apps mailing list, you’ll be the first to know whenever we release a new app (including our upcoming Jack and the Beanstalk fairytale app, out in the next few weeks). And if you do enjoy the app, please consider leaving a review on the App Store – it really makes a difference!
If you’re new to Nosy Crow apps, we’d love to know what you make of Cinderella! You can get in touch with us on Twitter, Facebook, by email, and here on the blog – and if you enjoy the app, please do consider leaving a review on the App Store! If you’d like to keep up-to-date with all our upcoming app releases, you can also sign up to our App Announcement Mailing List here.
Today’s your final chance to get Rounds: Parker Penguin, our new life science storybook app, for less than half price in our Penguin Awareness Day promotion! The app will be just $1.99 (£1.49) until the end of today (if you’re in the US, check which timezone the App Store is set to), before rising to its full (and very reasonable!) price of $4.99 (£2.99).
Here’s some of the coverage Parker Penguin has received so far:
“Children with an interest in the world around them (and its wildlife) will love this delightful book-app from Nosy Crow. It follows a penguin called Parker through its life from birth to parenthood, with a mixture of storytelling and interactivity.” The Guardian
“Presented with rich artwork full of round shapes and accompanied by music that varies when you touch the penguin, this is an intriguing way for kids to learn science.”
— One of 10 top iPad apps for kids in 2012 USA Today
“The graphics are first rate and I defy anyone not to feel a warm, seasonal glow as the chick hatches and stumbles about in the snow. Sniff.” The Literary Platform
“This innovative app stretches the definition of e-book, with a dash of Nosy Crow irreverence.” Mashable
“The latest pre-school learning app from Nosy Crow, this adventure follows Parker Penguin as he slides across the snow, dives into the water, finds a mate, guards an egg and raises a chick. When you get to the end, the circle of life continues with Parker’s next of kin.” NBC News
You can find Rounds: Parker Penguin on the App Store here. We’ve also made a free PDF penguin fact sheet, which you can download and share here.
Our Thanksgiving app sale has now begun, which means that you can get Animal SnApp: Farm – the first storybook app from Axel Scheffler – for just 99c (69p) on the App Store! The promotion will run until Monday, after which time the app will return to its (very reasonable!) full price of $4.99 (£2.99).
If you do buy the app, we’d love to hear from you! Please consider leaving a review on the App Store – they’re incredibly valuable to us. You can also find us on Twitter, Facebook, or reach us by email at email@example.com.
We’re celebrating Thanksgiving this weekend with a special promotion for our newest storybook app, Animal SnApp: Farm.
The app will be on sale for the unbelievably good price of 99c (69p) from Friday (November 23rd) until Monday (November 26th), before returning to it’s full price of $4.99 (£2.99) – don’t miss out!
Animal SnApp is The Gruffalo and Pip and Posy illustrator Axel Scheffler’s first every storybook app, and it’s truly remarkable. Combining an innovative slider game with six original rhyming farmyard stories, it’s sure to appeal to children aged 2 and up: the beautiful artwork and animation, friendly music and child narration, and simple and intuitive interactivity are perfect for the very young. And the rhyming stories, familiar subject, and our text highlighting feature are great introductions to early literacy skills.
The app is the recipient of an Editor’s Choice Award from Children’s Technology Review and glowing praise from dozens of parents, children, and reviewers. The Guardian called it “a characterful mix of storytelling, play and excellent illustrations.” PadGadget said, “Axel Scheffler’s engaging illustrations and the apps use of animation compliment the narrative of each story. The app includes sounds and background music that add to but never overwhelm the story … Animal-loving pre-schoolers will adore playing AnimalSnApp: Farm, and parents will likely enjoy the stories even after countless re-readings.” And Mashable wrote that, “Old MacDonald gets a wonderful British twist in this make-your-own nursery rhyme that is perfect for a beginning reader.”
You can find Animal SnApp: Farm on the App Store here – it will go on sale from Friday, according to each app’s timezone.
Have fun with Animal SnApp, and Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Nosy Crow!
To celebrate Labor Day, and the start of the new school year, we’ve changed the price of Rounds to just $1.99 (£1.49) for today only. Here it is on the app store. If you do buy the app, we’d really love it if you’d consider leaving a review on iTunes.
Have fun learning about Franklin, and happy Labor Day!
This coming Monday, to celebrate Labor Day in the US (and children going back to school here in the UK), we’re running a special one day sale of our newest app, Rounds: Franklin Frog.
For one day only, you’ll be able to buy Rounds for just $1.99 (£1.49) from the app store – better than half price!
What better way could there be to spend the holiday (or prepare for school) than by learning all about frogs and playing with Franklin (and Fraser, and Fletcher…)? If Rounds is new to you, you can watch our trailer above – and then get the app for a bargain on September 3rd!
You can learn more about Rounds: Franklin Frog here, find it on the App Store here and sign up to our apps announcement list (we’ll only send you emails to notify you of new Nosy Crow apps and sales like this one) here.
It’s World Book Day, and we hope you’re celebrating. Many of us – including me – sent our children to school disguised as fictional characters. Here are some Nosy Crow offspring, one dressed up as Princess Emily from The Rescue Princesses: The Secret Promise by Paula Harrison, and one dressed up as Winnie The Witch.
Children of designers always have an advantage. Here’s a Nosy Crow designer’s child taking a less book-specific approach to dressing up for WBD:
There’s been a nice little twitter hashtag started by @worldbookdayUK#fictionalforaday and it prompted me to ask some of the Nosy Crows who’d they’d like to be, with particular (but not absolutely exclusive – see surprising Thomas Hardy character below) reference to children’s books.
Kate B said: “When I was little I wanted to be any one of the Famous Five or Secret Seven and used to moan all the time about the lack of adventures in my Dorset childhood. But now I would like to be Lola from Charlie & Lola as she has zero responsibilities and such a cool big brother (although I have that too). I’d also quite like to be the little girl in The Tiger Who Came to Tea, because, well, how great would that be? And that retro kitchen is something else.”
Camilla said: “I’d quite like to be a Wild Thing right now – I could do with having a bit of a wild rumpus to relieve the pre-Bologna tension!”
Adrian said: “I’d like to be Badger in the Wind in the Willows, because he’s strong and kind and fearless – though I’ve also always had a sneaking wish to be Mr Toad. Alternatively Jude the Obscure.” On being questioned as to why he’d want to be someone whose child – spoiler alert – hanged himself and all his siblings, he said, “Well, he did lead an unhappy life, but he was a stonemason, and he did want to better himself.” Hmm.
Tom said, sadly, “I always wanted to be Ratty but knew that, in truth, I was far more like Mole.” But he also said, “I would like to be Wilbur from Charlotte’s Web, because it would be nice to have someone as brilliant as Charlotte looking out for me.” And who could argue with that?
Kirsty said, “I’d choose Winnie the Witch, because she has a cool house and an enviably relaxed approach to leg-shaving.”
Victoria said, “Anne of Green Gables for me because she was beautiful and kind and seemed to have the most incredible adventures. It is a dream of mine to visit her house and pretend to be Anne for a day!”
Kristina said, “I think Pippi Longstocking, mainly because she lived in a house with a monkey and a horse, but also because nothing seemed to worry her: it was always just another adventure.”
Giselle said: “I was absolutely obsessed with Alan Aldridge’s ‘The Butterfly Ball and the Grasshopper’s Feast’. I took every opportunity I could to copy pictures of all his wonderful characters. I would have loved to have been invited to the ball myself! Although, sadly my invitation got lost in the post!”
Dom said, “Well, it’s for a night, rather than a day, but when I was young I wanted to be Mr Bear from Jill Murphy’s Peace At Last – because walking about, looking for a place to sleep, he clearly wasn’t bothered about the dark… whereas I was very scared of it.” He sighed. “I was a delicate little flower…”
Will said, “I think I’d be Timbertwig from Marshall Cavendish’s Story Teller series. He has a pet spider, Abigail, who lives in his hat and she can perform magic very badly – the basis of all their adventures?”
Milena, who works on our apps PR in the USA, said, “Growing up, I was obsessed with A Wrinkle in Time so it would have to be Meg Murry. I loved reading about an awkward, insecure girl who takes on evil forces through time and space to rescue her family. She kicks some serious butt and finds her voice in the process. I admit it, I’m a dork!”
Leen said, “When I was a child I was obsessed with the Gnomes books by Dutch illustrator Rien Poortvliet (Leen is from Belgium). They contained incredibly intricate drawings of how the gnomes lived in the forest, how they built their houses, what was on the breakfast table in a typical gnome household, and details of the edible plants and berries that they harvested for food and to make into things to sustain their lifestyle. I was fascinated by the idea of a whole world beneath our world, and was delighted that somebody had taken the trouble to set this all down in a book with pretty, colourful illustrations and enough pseudo-scientific ethnographical detail to satisfy all of a pesky 8-year old’s incessant questions. Consequently, I felt I got a great insight in what it would be like to live as a gnome and, on balance, decided that I wouldn’t mind joining their community. Subsequent hunts through wood pile, garden shed and garage revealed no hidden entrances to gnome residences of any kind, however (and the book specified the different types of hiding them, so I did have a good look!).” I asked her who she’d choose to be specifically and she said, “Then I’ll be Lisa, the wife of David the Gnome. Gnomes weren’t very feminist and the ladies didn’t go out much, but there was a lot of good cooking around.”. I said that I felt that she shouldn’t feel she had to be a girl (though I was interested that almost everyone chose characters who were the same sex as them), particularly as it was only for a day, and she said that, in that case, she’d be David the Gnome himself, as “he gets all the good hare-riding and goose-back-flying.”
Joanne Owen, who’s doing some tip-top freelance marketing work for us, said, “I variously wished I was Little Red Riding Hood/Rose Red/Briar Rose/Rapunzel – can’t beat the scary settings, danger and drama of fairy tales. Or, as Leen fancied joining the Gnomes community, I wished I could have stepped into the Moomins’ magical world. Or Pippi Longstocking – brave, bright, eccentric and strong, and a teller of strange and funny stories. Or Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz because she had such an amazing adventure, what with all that fighting of witches and flying monkeys, making and helping new friends and, of course, the sparkly red shoes! Or, finally, one of the girls from The Faraway Tree so I could visit The Roundabout Land and make friends with Moonface!”
As for me… well, it’s getting late, and it’s been a long and busy day (which is why I am only posting now), so I think I shall choose The Sleeping Beauty, at least for now.
So… who would you want to be for a day?
PS I think I might want to be Alice from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice Through the Looking Glass. She takes risks. She’s not afraid to talk back. She’s never afraid or fazed even when very strange things happen to her.
We blogged about it yesterday, but here’s a little reminder – to celebrate World Book Day (which has the Twitter hashtag #WBD2012) we’ve dropped the price of ALL of our apps to just £0.69/ $0.99/ €0.79 for one day!
The apps can be found on iTunes with the following links:
Find Cinderella on iTunes here
Find The Three Little Pigs on iTunes here
Find Bizzy Bear on the Farm on iTunes here
We’ve decided to lower the price of our first app, The Three Little Pigs, over the holiday period, as a way of introducing people to our work. We’re taking the price down to $1.99 US/£1.49 GBP/1.59 Euros from now until the end of the day on 2 January 2012.
We think that many people will get iPads and iPhones and iPod touch devices this Christmas (and we know from multiple reported surveys that many people want one). We also know from what we’ve seen of sales of eBooks post-Christmas that many people who get a new device at Christmas seem to spend the days immediately afterwards loading it up with content.
One of the challenges of making apps is getting people to find your app, and, once they’ve found it found it, getting people to buy something that (lite versions notwithstanding) they can’t try before they buy. We think that new iPad, iPhone and iPod touch owners may be particularly cautious about buying apps if they haven’t bought them before. We hope that, by lowering the price of our first app, people will be encouraged to find out about Nosy Crow and maybe even try out the other two apps we’ve published this year.
We’ve just released Bizzy Bear On The Farm. FutureBook described it as “unmistakeably Nosy Crow in design and quality … The app will further Nosy Crow’s reputation in this field, which can only bring relief to ‘bizzy’ parents looking for quality and safe content for their children.”
And, by the way, The Three Little Pigs was no slouch on the awards and critical acclaim front, and is – because it’s been on the market longest – our bestselling app.
We’re confident – based on the five star reviews that we’ve received from people on the app store apart from anything else – that once you’ve shelled out for a Nosy Crow app, you won’t be disappointed. Lowering the price of The Three Little Pigs for a limited time is a bit of an experiment. The app market is still in its infancy, and developers like us are still working out what the best way of selling our products might be.
So wish us luck!
If you have an iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and have managed to withstand the temptation to buy a Nosy Crow app, we hope that this offer will just nudge you over the edge.
Nosy Crow may be based in London, but we’re happy to join our friends across the pond in celebrating the 4th of July. After all, our award-winning app, The Three Little Pigs (and Nosy Crow itself for that matter!) is all about independent thinking and the industrious spirit! Just think about how the littlest pig built that brick house.
To celebrate, starting today and ending midnight on Monday, July 4, we are offering a 50% price drop on The Three Little Pigs app.
So whether you’re heading off for a long weekend, gathering with family and friends for a traditional July 4th BBQ, or planning to celebrate from afar (like me – the lone American at Nosy Crow) with some Martha Stewart -inspired patriotic cupcakes (above), download The Three Little Pigs app to your iPhone and iPad this weekend.