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Dragon Brush

By Small Planet Digital

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"'Dragon Brush' captivates kids with a fascinating story filled with its unique drawings-become-real mechanic, making it one of the top book apps in iTunes." —USA Today

"With its distinctive look, a great drawing element that's actually appropriate to the story and a moral that values cleverness over power, Bing-Wen's app is as rare and magical as the dragons he loves to paint." —Kirkus Reviews

"Dragon Brush deserves a spot on every family’s digital book shelf. This colorful app will be read and re-read by parents and children alike." —

Winner of the 2013 Communication Arts Interactive Annual Award

Winner of the 2012 Cybils Award for Best Book App

Featured in iPad Apps for Kids for Dummies by Jinny Gudmundsen

Dragon Brush is a beautiful and engaging storybook app based on a traditional Chinese folktale, featuring narration and music from members of the acclaimed band The National!

Brought to you by the award-winning Small Planet Digital, Dragon Brush was created by John Solimine and Andy Hullinger.

Follow the irresistible adventures of Bing-Wen, a young boy who loves to paint. When given a magical brush that makes drawings come to life, Bing-Wen must use his art and his wits to outsmart the greedy Emperor.

Readers can:

*Help Bing-Wen’s drawings come magically to life

*Create their own drawings with Dragon Paint

*Find special ink pots in the story and add them to Dragaon Paint

*Discover interactive elements and tap, swipe, or tilt on every page

Featuring narration by Matt Berninger and music by Aaron Dessner and Bryce Dessner, members of the critically acclaimed band, The National.

Brought to life with gorgeous Retina-quality illustrations by John Solimine of Spike Press, Dragon Brush will engage, inspire, and delight!

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What's New in Version 1.3

Bing-Wen used his magic brush and extended the beautiful Dragon Brush art for iPhone 5 and 5S screens! Additionally, many small bugs have been fixed.

Please rate, and tell all your friends and teachers!


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Customer Reviews

Great Story and Use of Media

The creators of Dragon Brush have authored a very nice little story with some moral themes. It is a great story to teach children with. Anyone who thinks it is about income inequality is missing the point though.

The producers have also done a masterful job of using the interactive app environment to tell the the story and draw children in as well. There are various little surprises on almost every page that keep kids interested and wanting to re-read the story again and again. The paint app is also a nice little addition.

I hope to see more like this from the same team! Thank you!

Awful story, beautifully done

The story suggests that this young boy murders the greedy emperor (marooned on a small island In a magical lake and unable to swim) for being...greedy. The punishment for the emperor's "crime" is disproportionate and malicious. And The young rabbit would also almost certainly be killed by the Royal guards following his stunt. There is little positive in this story. Just recklessness and thoughtless abuse of a young rabbit with a magic brush. There are better ways to tell a story about the unfairness of income inequality. I would like a refund.

Spectacularly delightful!

I don’t understand why this doesn’t have more ratings and reviews. This app is positively glorious and fun for the whole family. It’s a fun and unique story telling device, that repeatedly delights.

Dragon Brush
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This app is designed for both iPhone and iPad
  • $2.99
  • Category: Books
  • Updated:
  • Version: 1.3
  • Size: 555 MB
  • Language: English
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Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 6–8

Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

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