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Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland Multimedia iBook

The following is a guest post submitted by my good friend, Kelly.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alicewinks. The opinions and text are all mine.

Alice's Wonderful Adventure in Wonderland iBook

I am a literary person. I love classic works of literature, and I love introducing classic books to my children. My children love stories and books, and they love when I read to them. But, you know what else they love?

Our iPad.

Recently, I received a copy of Alicewinks: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, an eBook for the iPad, and it combines my love for classic stories with my children’s love for the iPad. (Okay, who am I kidding? I love the iPad, too.)

Alicewinks brings new technology to the classic Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll. Using the complete text, audio/visual narration, and 193 beautiful original illustrations from 12 classic publications, Alicewinks offers a new way to interact with a story.

Each chapter features a video, which uses the original illustrations and minimal animation to blend together with the story. The complete unabridged audio version accompanies the animated pictures.

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland Multimedia iBook

Readers can swipe through the different pictures for each chapter, click on the picture to link to its accompanying text, or read the chapter themselves.

Alicewinks iBook

When I first opened Alicewinks, my five-year-old wanted to see the new game on the iPad. We watched the first chapter video, and I started to show him the pictures and how to click through to the text.

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland iBook

Of course, little sister promptly booted me off the couch to get a good seat on the action. Soon enough, big brother joined in the fun as well.

Alice's Adventure in Wonderland Multimedia iBook

(To download this one of a kind iBook, visit iTunes.com/alicewinks.)

Here are my favorite features of Alicewinks:

1. Text Focused: Even though this book is for the iPad, and it has some animation, Alicewinks focuses on the words by Lewis Carroll. All of the animation and sound effects enhance the story, and the videos serve as a visual for the unabridged narrative. In May of 2013, Alicewinks was awarded the prestigious Kirkus Star, reserved for books of “exceptional merit.”

2. Beautiful Illustrations: The graphics in the eBook are all artistic interpretations of the story once featured in print publications. None of the pictures are cartoonish or cheesy.

3. Soothing Sounds: Unlike other iPad games (I’m looking at you “Angry Birds”), Alicewinks provides an interactive experience without annoying theme music, crazy loud crashes and bangs, and super fast visual stimulation. My children sat quietly for twenty minutes, listening to a chapter, looking at the pictures, and flipping through the rest of the book. Twenty minutes, my friends.

4. Chapter Breaks: I like the chapter focus of this eBook. The videos stay between 10-15 minutes long per chapter. The illustrations for each chapter are grouped together, and then the accompanying text with thumbnails of the illustrations follow that. My family could easily use this as a daily school activity in our regular homeschool classes.

Overall, I love the idea of using current technology to interact with a book in a new way. I wish the text of the book came first, then the pictures, and then the video because I like my children to read the book first. However, this is a small issue considering the video does use the unabridged text (such a plus for me). I also found a couple of minor navigation issues, moving back and forth from the pictures to the text.

Alicewinks opens up the world of Alice in a way to surely get your little readers sucked down the rabbit hole with her.

What is your favorite part of Alice in Wonderland?

Kelly Wiggains blogs about everything From Literature to Living. An English teacher by trade, Kelly left the classroom a few years ago, but she still tries to convince those around her to read and write. She loves to connect her reading to the real world around her. Therefore, her blog is a place for book lovers and book skeptics alike, offering concise book recommendations, tips for reluctant readers, along with stories and observations about her life. She writes at KellyWiggains.com.

In celebration of the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventure’s in Wonderland, Alicewinks brings the story’s classic illustrations to life for digital audiences through animated video and rich narration. To download this one of a kind iBook, visit iTunes.com/alicewinks

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Alicewinks. The opinions and text are all mine.

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