***iPad App of the week***
***Awarded Kirkus Star***...Kirkus Reviews
***iTunes Rewind 2010 - Interactive Stories***
"Once upon a time there came along an app that changed the world of storytelling..." Canadian Family
Also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch with identical functionality, “The Pedlar Lady of Gushing Cross” is a 3D animated interactive storytelling app featuring film-calibre, sophisticated 3D animated illustrations and text, original music, professional voiceover in English and Spanish, and evocative filmic sound effects.
The story, inspired by the age-old tale of a man who becomes rich through a dream, describes the journey of a poor pedlar woman who, guided by the shifting line between the real and the unreal, discovers a surprising and wonderful treasure.
The app, the first in Moving Tales’ “Classic World Tales” series, is a state-of-the-art digital ‘mash-up’ of methods from the worlds of ebook publishing, graphic novels, film and interactive media.
“The Pedlar Lady” also features randomly selected alternate views, sound effects and extras, so that no two viewings are alike. It offers sophisticated and dynamic typography, poetic language, and a Spanish option that allows viewers to listen to and see the story in Spanish and English, and even alternate between the two as the story is being experienced.
With “The Pedlar Lady”, Moving Tales establishes a truly original and engaging new world of storytelling.
Pedlar Lady Features
- sophisticated 3D animation on every page of the book
- original music, voice over and sound effects
- animate the text using the iPad’s accelerometer
- coverflow-like navigation
- page swipe or tap for page turning
- auto page turning option
- sound effects only sound option
- option to record your own voice to be played back with sound effects and music
- compelling narrative
- randomly selected alternate views and extras to ensure no two viewings alike
- randomly selected sound effects
- sophisticated and dynamic typographic layout
- evocative poetic language
- Spanish and French option - choose to hear and display the story in Spanish & French as well as English
See the trailer here:
"This is by far the best story telling app on the market. Simply delicious... You really have to experience it to fully get it...." BestiPadHacks.com
"This is just amazing... If these folks can keep up this quality in future books, not only do they have a customer for life in me, but I also predict that this company will become the Pixar of animated e-books." Blogger Eolake, Lancashire, United Kingdom
"I don’t have an iPad and wasn’t in a hurry to get one, but after looking at your video, I simply need an iPad just so I can get your App!! I love where it can take stories for children and its just stunning to look at. I’m also a huge fan of Alan Clarkes character designs. Well done!" Cathal Gaffney, Co-founder/ CEO of Brown Bag Films – Two-time Academy Award nominated studio
Updated for iOS 10.
Ratings and Reviews
This book is absolutely awesome! The technology used to put this book together ingenious. I am 52 as well and enjoyed the book and all the animations. But most importantly I have an 11 year old son who has a reading disability, has a hard time reading sentences, comprehension and pronouncing words. Up until now the visual pictures have told him the stories, but the books like these that include not only awesome visuals but a voice that reads the sentences and words with expression, allows him to follow along, read the sentence and understand it in the right context and pronounce the words properly, even learning a new word or two along the way is a new wave of teaching kids how to read, particularly if there are signs of ADD, dyslexic and what I call understanding and comprehension but explaining in reverse german. Can't wait to see more books!
Stunning book, filled with rich details
I was hesitant at first to pay the $5 for this book, when there are so many others in the App Store at a lower price. However, after experiencing it firsthand, I have no regrets at all, and in fact I'm eagerly awaiting the chance to get the next one in the series.
From the opening credits, you can see this is a different kind of experience. Wonderful animation and style throughout, great voice acting, lush background music, and fun little touches like the letters scattering when tilting the iPad; it is clear that a lot of thought and care has been put into this effort.
Overall, this feels like so much more than a "book", and it makes me realize how conventional most of the other books are in the App Store. This is what reading on the iPad should be like!
Extremely innovative and promising but a bit buggy
I was very excited to buy this book for my children when I read its description and positive reviews. I purchased it and initially it lived up to the excitement. However I ran into a problem where none of the animations worked. After thirty minutes of troubleshooting I tried restarting the iPad and this resolved the problem. This was a bit frustrating but I give credit to the company because they responded to my contact form submission within 90 minutes on a Sunday afternoon with the suggestion to restart.
I'm giving this app four stars. Five for the innovative experience and excellent story, minus three for the problem, plus two for the excellent customer service.
I'm looking forward to future books from this innovative company (hopefully without a similar glitch).
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.