This book can be downloaded and read in Apple Books on your Mac or iOS device.
***Winner of 4 Digital Book World Awards 2018 including Best Book Overall**
+ beautifully printed companion guide at GaldosGift.com under 'gift option'
ATTENTION: This book contains astonishing enhancements! So please wait for page thumbnails to load when very first opened on iPads/iPhones (it’s only a minute!).
Enter into the animated world of Galdovia!
In this charming and hilarious tale, four hapless heroes are sent on a perilous quest by frog King Galdo to find a rare and special gift for a very special visitor; YOU the reader. The animated King Galdo narrates each verse alongside wonderfully rich imagery as every scene is a short, looping 'movie illustration' and each is a world in itself.
With real care, attention to detail and delightful sense of humour, storyteller/ illustrators Trevor Young and Eleanor Long have devised a revolutionary new ebook to enthral you and the child within (or sat next to you). This is not a book, it's not a movie, it's a Boovie! - a book in motion.
King Galdo narrates the whole story, voiced by well-loved UK TV actor Brian Murphy.
Galdo's Gift set to become a modern classic; it's a real treasure that is simply unmissable.
This story is for the young and young at heart! And no child is left behind with over 250 fun pop up word definitions.
Book enhancements: : Narration, read aloud, animation, definition pop ups, soundtrack, (& personalisation on iPad & iPhone).
“I really like that the book is animated and you can get definitions for a word that you don't understand.” Laura, aged 9
“It's one of the best kid's books that I have ever seen in my life.” Jake, aged 10
“I liked it all so 5 stars for you.” Ryan, aged 9
“I liked the rhyming and it was like a poem.” Charlie, aged 9
With personalisation on all iOS devices including a final personal surprise at the end.
What's New in Version 1.0.9
Improved functionality of combination lock to the secret page!
Loved the animation and soundtrack
What a fun book. I enjoyed the separate approaches to the story; i.e. watching the animations, hearing the soundscapes, and narration, and the ability to read by myself or to have the words read to me. Nice choice on the narrator.
A lovely interactive story for everyone!
I greatly enjoyed Galdo’s Gift, the whimsical illustrations and interactive features including animations and vocabulary were great. My nephew loved it and we went through it a couple of times—I’m sure we’ll read through it again!
Technically Interesting, but Story … NO
I truly wanted to write a good review of this “boovie.” I’ve been studying the EPUB format for years and I know that a great deal of work went into this production. I was intrigued enough to page $7.98 for to opportunity to review the book. I really DID want to like it. I really DID want to support development of this new art form. But I found Galdo’s Gift disappointing.
Too much time was spent on technical stuff and too little time on creating an engaging story.
Yes, there were many interesting words to click on and bring up a dictionary. But I’d rather be drawn into a story.
Yes, there was animation, but every page had a similar look.
Certain aspects of the layout are amazing. The sound quality is excellent. Lovely colors, but the same little bit of floating figures on a background … perhaps I missed something? (I have noticed that my grandchildren find places to click that I often miss.)
I didn’t feel engaged enough to experiment much. Tomorrow I’ll take a fresh look, and if I discover more, I’ll write a new review.
My final criticism is just a personal prejudice: unless one is a gifted poet, I think one should avoid rhymes.
I am sorry. I know that $7.98 would be more than fair payment for the amount of work that went into this project. I just wish I had liked it.