I just read an interview with author-illustrator Elizabeth O. Dulemba at Greg Pincus's blog, The Happy Accident. She has created an iPhone app of her children's book, Lula's Brew.
Since I had just heard from another author-illustrator, my very talented friend Maryann Cocca-Leffler, with the news that she had created an iPhone app for her book, What A Pest!, I was extra-intrigued. Is the idea of children's books as iPhone apps gathering momentum? The catalog page at the site offering Maryann's book app is PicPocketBooks.
Some scoop from Maryann Cocca-Leffler:
I’m very excited that my book WHAT A PEST! will be reaching and teaching the Iphone generation! Picpocketbooks.com has licensed my book, which I wrote and illustrated. WHAT A PEST! can now be downloaded to an Iphone or Itouch for $2.99. Who would have thought when I entered the children’s book industry over 25 years ago that my books would make their way into the pocket of readers? Sharing books on the Iphone is another way to expose children to books and as an author-illustrator that has always been my goal. Picpocketbooks.com has also added a wonderful audio of the story as well as a word highlighting feature so the child can easily follow along.
WHAT A PEST! is an early reader about two sisters. The older one thinks the younger one is a pest but in the end they realize how important they are to each other. The story itself is loosely based on personal experiences on many levels. I have a younger sister…and I also have two daughters. Growing up, my sister, Diane was a pest! (Now she is my best friend). She was always hanging around with me and my friends and getting in the way. We also sang together and one time she got the chicken pox before a performance. By blending many ideas and watching my own daughters struggle with sisterhood, I came up with the story WHAT A PEST! I hope you enjoy it!
Maryann's newest picture book is Princess K.I.M. and the Lie that Grew. I love it!
Thanks, Maryann! ~ Joan Holub