" ... a bedtime story with sumptuously blocky, simple illustrations that you can interact with... It’s so psychedelically awesome to play with that, I guarantee, it’s soon going to have adults goggling and swiping at it just as clubbers used to love gawking at Teletubbies. "
The Sunday Times

“ We over-use the word beautiful sometimes, but Mr. Sandman deserves it… this iPad storybook is a lovely piece of work... We’re looking forward to see what else developer hocusbookus has up its sleeves for future apps. “

" Mr Sandman is an interesting interactive book for iPad with a wonderful sense of style...this level of visual quality makes this app stand out from a sea of others found within the iTunes store. I am eager to see what new apps the developers at hocusbooksus may produce in the future as their musical elements and visual choices are top notch in every way. "

*** This storybook is optimized for iPad 2 and above ***

Mr. Sandman is an original dreamlike and tactile story where Chinese shadows merges with intelligent interactivity and an amazing sound design.

After the sandman appears, a little boy falls asleep and slowly takes off to dreamland, where he befriends an owl. The owl then take him in a night adventure full of wonders and hospitality…

This tale of a new kind is for 3-7 years and address the "fear of the dark," a milestone in the development of young children.

Read and share this evening tale, spend a special time with your family. Sit back and turn up the sound of your iPhone, enjoy our music, see, touch and feel ... We wish you beautiful reading moments.

The hocusbookus team


-Let yourself guided by narrator’s voice or tell the story.
-Innovative circular, practical menu interface.
-Interactions tailored for kids
-Audio helps that respects the beauty of our visuals.
-French and English for now, but many more coming soon.

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What’s New

Version 1.3

Mr. Sandman is now available on iPhone and iPad !

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
7 Ratings
7 Ratings
DaredevilX90 ,

200 MB for 3 min story? 🤔

Cool graphics but the story is too short you will be done even before you start reading it besides it got frequent app crashes

GAgirl63 ,

Most beautiful app with stunning page turns

I've been looking at a lot of picture book apps and this is by the far the most beautiful and with interactivity that makes sense for the story and that moves it forward, instead of a gratuitous, interruptive game. The story is simple but sweet and instructive--the dark can be beautiful and some of the scary things are misperceptions.

The illustrations have beautiful layers of colors and prints with a great use of dark spaces.

The "page turns" are particularly stunning and effective--you move out through the bedroom window as an owl flies into the sky, to the outside view of the house, looking at the window aglow. Touch a star on the horizon and shoot up through a host of small stars to the next scene--amidst the stars.

This app uses elements the way an app should. It is so worth buying.

Teo665 ,

Short but cool with a few flaws

When you are moving through the story there is often no queue that let's you know exactly what you should do next to move forward.


215.2 MB
Requires iOS 4.3 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
English, French
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© hocusbookus


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