After much anticipation, we’re absolutely thrilled that Animal SnApp: Farm, the first every storybook app by Axel Scheffler, is out now for the special introductory price of $3.99 (£2.49).
The app represents several other firsts for us, as well. It’s our first rhyming story. It’s the first time that we’re going to make a book “out of” an app (Axel Scheffler’s Flip Flap Farm will be out next year). And it’s our first app to use a non-linear point of entry to the narrative, in the form of a fun slider game which serves two functions: you can swipe through Axel’s farmyard characters to make new animals (we’ve been tweeting some of the results all week), and you can “unlock” each character’s full story by completing its top and bottom half.
Animal SnApp has SIX brand new stories to explore, all with original artwork by Axel: Lucky Lamb, Cuddly Cow, Diggity Dog, Portly Pig, Gobbly Goat and Higgledy Hen. We’ve built the app especially with young children in mind: it’s very easy to use and navigate, focuses on a theme (farmyard animals) familiar to all pre-schoolers, with features designed particularly for pre-literate users, including text highlighting and rhyming text (I mentioned some of the benefits of rhyme last week in a post on National Poetry Day). And it also has stunning animation, fantastic music and sound effects, and lively child narration.
You can find Animal SnApp on the App Store here, for iPad 2 and higher and iPhone 4 and higher.
And we also have two copies to give away! To be in with a chance of winning one, all you have to do is share this post on Facebook or this tweet on Twitter – we’ll pick a winner from each group at the end of the day!
If you do buy Animal SnApp, we’d love it if you’d consider reviewing it on iTunes. Enjoy!