App Gifting Tip for Parents: If you are introducing an iPad to your family over the holiday, sneak the iPad out of its wrapping and pre-load these books so that your children can immediately enjoy the fun when the wrapping comes off; you’ll make a bigger impact if they can engage in exciting content right away instead of waiting until later for downloads.
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Oh, my favorite time of year and holiday. Yes, I admit it I am a big sucker for Halloween! Halloween is just so much fun! It is an excuse to be a kid again! So make sure to join us at our annual Halloween Facebook Party this coming Tuesday the 22nd from 7:30 pm Central time to 9:30 pm. We have four awesome sponsors: Blue Sand Piper Imprints, Real Talk Interactive, Cupcake Digital and Polka Dots Publishing. We will be handing out tricks and treats – so make sure to save the date and join in our Halloween Facebook Party!
What: Dandelion Moms and Penelope’s annual Halloween Facebook Party where we will talk with our sponsors, hand out tricks and treats and just have a good time!
When: Tuesday, October 22nd from 5:30pm PST to 7:30 pm PST
Where: On the night of the party just click this link to attend – that’s it! https://www.facebook.com/events/1456575491234970/?context=create
Who: All those who are brave enough to handle a spooky good time!
*****Originally post by Dandelion Moms click here to see in its entirety *****
The first time that I discovered Victor Guiza’s illustrations online, I immediately realized that I’d seen his work before. Vic had illustrated one of my son’s favorite book apps called Treasure Kai and the Lost Gold of Shark Island . I loved his style of illustrations and knew that I wanted to work with him.
Vic’s creativity has no boundaries and he’s very intuitive in merging the Authors vision with the project’s needs. As an artist myself I knew exactly how I wanted the artwork to look but I also knew when it was time to step out-of-the-way and let him create his magic. The way the Monster Jam monster characters were brought to life went way beyond my expectations.
I recently had the opportunity to chat with Vic and he had lots of wonderful nuggets to impart about his interesting and successful career.
Have you always known that you wanted to be an illustrator? When did you realize that this was your true calling.
When I was about 10 years old, I had a neighbor who was a professional comic book illustrator. I was a creative child and had always enjoyed drawing, but my childhood dream was to become a pilot. I had never been very good with math and math is key with that profession. One day my neighbor asked me if I wanted to be a professional illustrator. If so , I would have to study and practice daily. He challenged me, and when I discovered the many exciting things I could create, I decided that I wanted to be a comic book artist instead of a pilot.
What types of art or artists inspired you along the way?
Music is a great source of inspiration, as well as movies and architecture. I really enjoy sound tracks. I admire comic book artists like Moebius from France, Katsuhiro Otomo from Japan, Oscar Martin from Spain and Humberto Ramos from Mexico among many others. I also love hyper realistic paint from Benjamin Orozco, and Alex Ross.
You have an amazing body of work, what type of projects have you had the most fun with?
Children books, definitely! So far the stories are pure magic and so challenging. In a comic book you have at least 22 pages and about 5 panels in each page to tell a story, in Children books you have only 10 to 15 illustrations to narrate the same story.
Do you approach illustrating a comic differently than a picture book?
Absolutely! comic storytelling have to follow a “movie like” direction and perspective while picture books are more singular in which action is the climax of the text from each page.
Where you get your ideas or inspiration?
I look at other artist works as inspiration, I see fun in life daily, I dream a lot, but my true inspiration comes directly from the source. My inner source.
Contact: Vic Guiza at www.vicguiza.com
Each day Children’s writers and app developers convert wonderful classics and create amazing new books as apps. There are countless titles based on age, topic or content, just waiting to be discovered & downloaded.
During kids books & app discussions, the first question often asked is “What’s a book app?” A Book App is so much more than an eBook, it’s a digital book brought to life with animation, music, narration and fun-filled activities or games woven into the story. Book apps encourage kids to read, play and explore and are available for use on digital tablets such as the iPad, and smart phones.
Best of all, they’re very inexpensive and provide a unique, entertaining and learning environment. Most fall within the range of 99c-$4.99, a flat fee which usually won’t have ‘in app purchases’. Paid book apps are a preferable option to free apps which bombard our kids with ads or prompt a purchase in order to proceed.
You can find book apps in the iTunes App Store, under the Books category. In Google Play, you can find book apps under Android Apps > categories > books & reference. There you’ll find wonderful, interactive stories that deliver an animated reading experience. Book Apps like “Grendel’s Great Escape” for iPad /Android and “Treasure Kai and the Seven Cities of Gold” for iPad/iPhone allow children to interact with the story, through reading, music and fun activities.
– For a behind-the-scenes look at the making of a book app, visit the Blue Sandpiper Imprints Kids Korner.
– To see a 2-minute video called “Kids Have Fun Reading on the iPad” visit http://youtu.be/QEIzvxQo3Vo
Not sure which book apps are suitable for your child? These sites feature the best children apps and reviews, and provide direct links for downloading.
Who doesn’t love a good review? I certainly do and couldn’t wait to share this great feature post on The iMums. To celebrate, the Grendel’s Great Escape App will be free all week!
The iMums showcase quality free apps for children that have been installed, tested and recommend.
“Grendel’s Great Escape by Michelle Anaya is an interactive storybook about a little boy named Martin and his cute pet ferret, Grendel. This app reminded me of my son who will procrastinate to get out of almost anything including chores! I loved the hide and seek aspect of the book along with the, “I will do it later!” I’m always trying to get my son to do it now even though he moves to his own tune. Grab it and rate it in iTunes to say thank you to the developer! This is also a great story for new and emerging readers as it contains a “read it to myself” as well as a “read it to me” option.
Free this week on iTunes!