Blown away by The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore app for iPad
Friday, November 4, 2011 at 12:09 PM
Debbie Ridpath Ohi in Children's Book Industry & Digital Publishing, Digital Publishing, E-Books & Digital Publishing

Thanks to Justin Chanda for the heads-up on an article in The Atlantic which prompt me to buy an iPad book called The Fantastic Flying Books Of Mr. Morris Lessmore.

Oh. My. Gosh.

Kudos to Moonbot Studios and author William Joyce. I LOVE this app.

This app is part storybook, part game, and part animation. Wonderful writing and animation, plus the interactive bits are well-integrated and enhance the story rather than distract from it. A question I posted in Twitter a while back prompted much discussion on Twitter and Google+ about what exactly makes a children's ebook (vs a game), and I'm nearly finished compiling people's comments into an article...I definitely have to mention Moonbot's book app!

Anyway, the story's about a book-obsessed fellow who gets swept away by a storm and ends up in a country house filled with bookish fun. See the trailer above for more info.

Simon & Schuster is publishing a book based on the app/film, and Dreamworks is coming out with a movie in 2012.

Related links:

How to Build the Pixar of the iPad Age in Shreveport, Louisiana

An Ex-Pixar Designer Creates Astounding Kids' Book On iPad

William Joyce

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