Last Updated: April 30, 2016
- Posted in Daily App Deals
Today’s best free book apps & discounts include; The Magic of Reality, Alice for the iPad, Clementine Wants to Know: Where Do Babies Come From?, The Mouse Who Lived On The Moon & Peter and the whimper-whineys
The Magic of Reality
The ultimate digital book experience from Richard Dawkins, one of the world’s greatest scientists.
No.1 book app in 27 countries, including UK, US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway, The Netherlands, Ireland and Sweden!
*WINNER of the Digital BookWorld Publishing Innovation Award for Best Non-Fiction App 2012*
*WINNER of a Best App Ever Award for Best Coffee Table Book App 2012.
*Highly Commended in 2011 Futurebook Awards Best App category*
When and how did everything begin?
What is a miracle?
What is the sun?
Why do bad things happen?
Throughout history people all over the world have invented stories to answer profound questions such as these. Have you heard the tale of how the sun hatched out of an emu's egg? Or the great catfish that carries the world on its back? These fantastical myths are fun – but what is the real answer to such questions?
The Magic of Reality for iPad is a new and groundbreaking approach to interactive books, taking us on an enthralling journey through scientific reality, and showing that it has an awe-inspiring beauty and thrilling magic which far exceeds those of the ancient myths.
Richard Dawkins and Dave McKean have created a dazzling celebration of our planet that will inspire and amaze people of all ages.
• Full text from the new hardback book The Magic of Reality, beautifully re-imagined for the iPad
• Over 250 original illustrations from world-renowned artist Dave McKean
• Unique visual navigation and intuitive gesture controls
• Exclusive audio and video from Richard Dawkins
• Over 75 stunning animations that leap from the screen to bring the ancient myths to life
• Interactive demonstrations and games that allow you to get hands on with the science:
- Create your own rainbows using prisms and light
- Journey through space to understand the vastness of our universe
- Simulate the effects of heat, pressure and gravity on different states of matter
- Travel back in time to find out what your ancient ancestors looked like
- Artificially breed frogs to escape a hungry snake
- Fire Newton’s cannon around the Earth
- And more!
Praise for The Magic of Reality for iPad:
"Richard Dawkins’ “The Magic of Reality” is a beautiful, educational iPad experience. The Magic of Reality is an educative book, which is further enhanced by its interactivity and wonderful full-colour artwork on the iPad’s large screen. If the topics dealt with here interest you, or even if you’re just a fan of the author, it’s worth a trip to the App Store."
The Next Web
"Great for kids. And for adults who have ever asked, 'Rainbows, magnets, gravity—how do they work?'"
"As a fun introduction to the big questions of science for adults and teens, it's a corking little app."
Praise for The Magic of Reality:
“I wanted to write this book but I wasn't clever enough. Now I've read it, I am.”
“It's the clearest and most beautifully written introduction to science I've ever read. Again and again I found myself saying "Oh! So that's how genes work!" (or stars, or tectonic plates, or all the other things he explains). Explanations I thought I knew were clarified; things I never understood were made clear for the first time.”
“From the first sentence it reads with the force and fluency of a classic ... a luminous, authoritative prose that transcends age differences.”
The Magic of Reality is also available as a text-only ebook from the iBookstore.
Alice for the iPad
Enjoy Lewis Carroll's original Alice in Wonderland digitally remastered for the iPad. Alice for the iPad is a stunning treasure for the whole family to enjoy, one of the most gorgeous books in all of human history.
And now, for a limited time, you can purchase Alice for iPad at a price that is 70% off of the original launch price!
Tilt your iPad to make Alice grow big as a house, or shrink to just six inches tall. Throw tarts at the Queen of Hearts - they bounce off her! Witness the Cheshire Cat disappear and help the Caterpillar smoke his hookah pipe.
This wonderful book includes hundreds of pages and amazing animated scenes. Watch as full-screen physics modelling bring John Tenniel's gorgeous illustrations to life.
The review are in...
• “It reinvents reading.” - The Huffington Post
• "I am blown away.” - Gizmodo
• "The future" - BBC
• “A new generation of pop-up books.” - The Independent
• “Shows why e-books are cool.” - Mashable
• "Sumptuous." - The Sunday Times
More features features...
• 52 incredible digitally-remastered pages in abridged mode
• 20 breathtaking animated scenes
• 250 pages with dozens of illustrations
• Pictures that move and animate as you tilt or touch your iPad
• The perfect interactive story for entertaining kids
Clementine Wants to Know: Wher...
Every family needs this app!
Recommended for parents with children ages 5 to 12.
Mom, Dad, Where do babies come from?
Answer this and other important questions with this first interactive sexual education app for children that want to know how things really work? Beautiful illustrations, fun characters, and playful animation make this an engaging learning tool.
ABOUT THE STORY
6-year-old Clementine has an outsized curiosity about the world around her. As she wrestles with the idea of having a new little brother, she shares her concerns about no longer being an only child, and wonders where is this baby coming from.
Clementine’s journey leads her through different milestones in the creation of life, from identifying love around her, through understanding the differences between men and women, to pregnancy and birth.
Wherever she goes, her talking camera, Zoom-Zoom, accompanies Clementine as a teacher and friend. By using Zoom-Zoom’s “super features” - Zoom, Speed, Flash, and Wonder Vision™ - children can experience special environments, interact with elements, and learn about them in a fun and engaging way.
At the end of her journey, Clementine accepts the wonderful new addition to her family and shows newfound responsibility as she helps take care of the newborn... with the reader’s help, of course.
ANSWERS TO BIG QUESTIONS
• What are the differences between a man and a woman?
• What is sex?
• How did the baby get into its mom?
• What does the baby look like and what is it doing?
• Where will the baby come out from?
• After the baby is born, will mom and dad still love me just as much?
WHY KIDS LOVE THIS APP?
• Original art by award-winning illustrator John Skewes
• Engaging story and characters children can relate to
• Playful animation and sounds
• Fun activities and interactions
• Kid-friendly interface allows guided or independent exploration
• Kids enjoy collecting 5 unique badges for their achievements
• Play both on your iPad and iPhone
WHY IS THIS APP IMPORTANT?
Young children are like little engineers. They want to know, “Exactly how does it work?”
The app has just the right mixture of storytelling and scientific facts to provide fun answers to “How did the baby get in there?” and “How will it get out?” It provides factual information for adults and for children. It opens the door to truth-telling and answering questions that will encourage lifelong discussions in families.
Educated children feel more confident, are more willing to talk and ask questions in a more mature manner. They are also much better protected from sexual abuse and exploitation. Some parents believe that innocence protects childhood. In fact, factual, honest education protects it while abuse destroys it. Children who know the facts are much more likely to speak to their parents and disclose problems if they happen.
The app also dedicates a special chapter to various types of families as Clementine introduces some of her friends who joined their parents through adoption, donor insemination or surrogacy. This helps children better understand and accept diverse families and relationships in our society.
A WORD FROM OUR CONTENT SPECIALIST
“I like the humour, the honesty and the portrayal of sexual activity as normal. As someone who has taught sexual health to audiences ranging from preschoolers to grandparents for close to 40 years, I am sure that you and your child will enjoy Where Do Babies Come From? as a starter learning tool.”
Meg Hickling, C.M.,O.B.C., Ll.D.
For your child’s privacy, this app does not collect any personal information.
The app is FREE. An additional bundle of 3 fun activities can be unlocked if purchased:
• "9 Months"
• "Drive to the Hospital"
• "You are the Babysitter"
The app is supported by:
The British Columbia Arts Council and BC Creative
The Mouse Who Lived On The Moo...
• “The vibrations of the spaceship in flight can be “felt” by the reader, which is thrilling.” KIRKUS REVIEWS
As everyone knows, the Moon is made of green cheese. And Gizmo is the mouse that owns it. He has everything a mouse could possibly want—except a friend. Then one day, a strange machine arrives from the blue planet. Thinking the blue planet is made of blue cheese; Gizmo sets off on a mission to retrieve the cheese. But while searching for riches, he ends up finding something even better.
• 13 interactive scenes where you can ride a hoverbike, float in zero gravity, drive a toy train, swim in a pool, and more
• 29 cartoon-style illustrations
• Animation on most pages
• A story about a mouse who learns that friendship is more important than money
• Three music tracks, including The Blue Danube
• Over 25 sound effects to activate
• Narrated by Kathryn Scanlon
• 100% Child-friendly with no external links or in-app purchases
• Navigation Menu
• “This is a gentle story told from the perspective of an endearingly cute mouse.” GILL ROBINS
• “A great moral victory of caring, sharing and happiness over greed, acquisition and aloofness.” IPAD FAMILY
If you like this story, please leave a review.
Peter and the whimper-whineys
“In this exciting and fun App, the user can either 1) have the book read to the child, or 2) record either the child or parent reading the story and play it back, or 3) function like a normal book without sound.”
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Samantha Kotey is the editor for AvatarGeneration and has a background in educational technology and virtual worlds. A mom of two, she is passionate about all things related to toys and technology.