If you’re a fan of our award-winning fairytale apps, we have some EXCELLENT news for you: from next year, we’ll be releasing the fairytales as beautifully-made physical picture books – starting with The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella.
This isn’t really the normal way of doing things – typically, publishers have tried to make apps out of books, rather than the other way around. But we’ve found that actually, making an app out of a book is neither a particularly easy or satisfying process: you rarely have all the material you’d need to make a fully-realised app, and you’re often very limited in the forms of interactivity that you can employ (there are exceptions to this rule, of course). We’ve always said that we don’t want to try and “squash” books onto phones.
This process – of creating a physical book out of an app – has actually turned out to be quite a natural one. We had simply buckets of beautiful, detailed, charming artwork from Ed Bryan, the illustrator and animator behind the fairytale apps, which sat just as happily on a page as on a screen. The stories are – of course – fantastic ones. And the overall package – the physical, lovingly-finished book – is extraordinarily satisfying. We simply could NOT be happier with how these books have turned out.
Here’s a look inside The Three Little Pigs:
And here’s a look inside Cinderella:
And if you’ve not yet discovered the original, highly interactive app versions of the stories, here are the trailers for The Three Little Pigs and Cinderella:
Both books will be available in bookshops from January – with Little Red Riding Hood and Jack and the Beanstalk out later in 2015. And if you’d like to stay up to date with all of our book news, you can sign up to our books newsletter here.