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PopOut! The Night Before Christmas

PopOut! The Night Before Christmas

Spring 2011 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 & Up
Designer: Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Developer: Loud Crow Interactive Inc.
Music By: Tim Bourke
Download Price: $4.99
Platform: iPhone/iPod Touch

The classic holiday poem The Night Before Christmas is recreated in this "PopOut" app featuring turn-of-the-century woodcuts by W. W. Denslow, an artist best known for his illustrations for The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.

Every detail of this project has been thoughtfully designed. The experience begins on a screen offering the choice "read to me" or "read myself," allowing the story to be shared on a lap or enjoyed independently. A slider adjusts the volume of carols playing in the background. Sound effects suggest a crackling fire.

From the first spread to the last, readers are in for a treat. Shake the Christmas tree and hear the sound of holiday bells. Spin a wheel and a jack-in-the-box springs to life. Opportunities for interactivity are plentiful, and most successful when they enhance not distract from the story. Listen to Santa's belly laugh, the snoring of sleeping children, and the neighing of a reindeer. Pull a ribbon and the entire book layout comes into view, making it intuitive to navigate to a favorite page.

The quality and inventive engineering of Loud Crow's PopOut edition of The Night Before Christmas make it a story kids will want to return to again and again.

Pamela Pease   ©2011 Parents' Choice
Pamela Pease is a designer, author, educator, and founder of Paintbox Press. She has created pop-up books about Macy's Parade and the Tour de France, as well as award-winning series of books on architecture and design for kids.

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