A Parents’ Choice Recommended Award Winner: “Yuri and The Flying Squid on Turtle Island” is a customized children’s picture book, short animated story, educational game, and tool for parents and children to engage and learn from each other. This rollicking adventure is available in English or Spanish.

• Language: English, Spanish
• Ability to design and personalize your own character (Name, Skin Tone, Hair Style, Eye Color, Clothes, Accessories,)
• Narrated voices in Spanish and English.
• Ability to record your own narration.
• Animated pages.
• Original music composed for each page.
• One educational game to clean the beach using challenging patterns.
• Parental guide and activities to enrich the whole experience.
• Enhanced index menu to navigate the app.
• Help and support menus.

Recommended Ages: 2-7


Children are able to design and personalize the main hero of the story to reflect their appearance, choosing from different hairstyles, skin tones, eye colors, and clothes. They are also able to name the character after themselves. After finishing their selections, the story and even the animations are updated to reflect their choices.


Parents and children can record their own voice narration or choose between our narrators:
Jaime Puerta: actor from Spain (Spanish narration).
Jonathan Hsu: actor from New York City. (English narration).


On “Turtle Island,” Yuri, the little pirate hero, discovers to his dismay that his favorite beach is covered with trash. He cleans the beach with a number of new friends, discovers fellow pirate Chopito (the titular Flying Squid) buried under a garbage pile, and saves him from a trashy death. In the course of their adventure, Yuri and Chopito form a friendship around their concern for the environment, and their mutual desire for high adventure!

Engaging and entertaining "Turtle Island" also imbues values: ocean ecology, friendship, respect, and spontaneous ingenuity. The app also includes educational tips for parents, along with a learning game for children. As a bonus, there are pirate songs to learn, and riddles to answer… “What is stranger than a moon-shaped star fish?”


The Flying Squid apps are created by award winning filmmaker and father of two, Iván Cortázar. Iván collaborated with his mother, a fine artist from Spain, to craft a memorable and inspiring adventure for children of all ages to enjoy.


All the illustrations were made using charcoal and pencil, and then colored digitally. The animations are inspired by pop-up books, looping continuously to set the mood.


Each page includes original music composed by Dutch musician, Martijn de Man.


In the app, we included original sound recordings from hermit crabs and turtles from the Virgin Islands! (We just hope they were saying good things because unfortunately we can’t speak turtle.)

Note: Optimized for iPad series or iPhone 6, 6+

Privacy policy highlights:
- Have NO Push Notifications.
- Have NO in-app purchases.
- Have NO third party adds.
- Have PARENTAL GATES to access a parents/educators section that may include social media links and other educational links.
- Use the restricted version of Flurry Analytics to collect aggregated and anonymous usage data. This information helps us track possible crashing errors and improve the users experience.
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What's New

Version 1.5

•With just one finger tap, easily switch from your customized voice narrations to our English/Spanish standard narrations. This is very useful for learning languages or improving reading skills; now you can listen to the standard narrations of American and Spanish actors and quickly compare them to your own narrations.
•Added iCloud backups for your voice recordings.
•Added a lock (in settings) to prevent recording overwrites. This is very useful if a parent records a narration before going on a business trip. This lock will prevent children from deleting the recordings.
•Increased recording time to 90 seconds to allow more time to children with slower-paced reading skills.
•Improved design so children will be able to easily create their voice recordings.
•Bug fix for iPhone 6 Plus

Ratings and Reviews

Truly beautiful and well thought out


This is an incredible story app for kids. The level of customization available is great - you can change the name and appearance of the main character and even record your own narration. The animation is stunning and subtle - there's so much in a single frame to process and you notice new details during each reread. Loved the music as it was pertinent to the story and yet not at all distracting. There are even recycling games and tips available for parents to play with their kids. Very well thought out app!



Loved it !!!
This is a great app. Interactive and very helpful. Must have for all kids :)

Cool App, Love it!!

Chanchal 82

Learning made fun. I totally recommend it for kids. ❤️ this app.


Sunreel Inc.
179.7 MB
Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, Spanish
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© 2015 Sunreel Inc.


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.