26 May, 2009

Story Fort Review and Giveaway

Story Fort is this awesome company that creates interactive digital stories for kids. Here’s a little more about Andy [the owner] and the company.

Founder and CEO, Andy Hull, graduated from Brown University in 2003 with a degree in computer science. He then spent five years as a designer at leading toy company, Melissa and Doug, where he created several award-winning, best-selling toys. Andy is also the author, illustrator and programmer of Story Fort’s first title, What Is Bothering Carl?.

Story Fort is a digital publishing company specializing in interactive books for kids.
Story Fort’s products provide fun story telling for children, while developing their reading skills and engaging their imaginations. Founded in 2009 by Andy Hull, Story Fort is currently looking forward to launching many more exciting products.

Not only does Story Fort have this darling interactive book, they also have a lot of fun things for kids on their site, like printable coloring pages and computer background images, that can be found here.

I was able to review their first book, What Is Bothering Carl?. This is SUCH a fun book! It’s not too long for kids to lose interest, the illustrations are darling, the interaction is fun; this book has it all. You can choose whether you want it to read to you, or you want to read it yourself. As you go through, some of the words are highlighted, and hovering over them gives you an image of what the word is referring to. Very helpful for kids! And, there are little things you can click on in the pages that cause a reaction – birds jump and chirp, sheep bah, Carl cries, etc. It’s such a cute book. There are also music videos to sing and dance along to!

My favorite part is that at the end, you can play a match game. I know this book is for kids, but seriously, if you play on hard, it’s actually HARD! I have a difficult time beating the computer on the hard setting. For Punk, she can win most times on easy but has a tough time on the medium setting.

Buy it!
You can purchase any of the great items from Story Fort here.

Win it!
Story Fort has generously offered one of my fabulous readers a full digital copy of the interactive storybook that I reviewed, What Is Bothering Carl? [retail value of $15].

To enter, visit their site and tell me your favorite wallpaper design. **THIS IS REQUIRED!!**

Extra entries (leave a separate comment for each):
--Follow this blog
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--Blog about the giveaway and leave me the link
--Leave a comment on one of my non-giveaway posts [tell me which you left your comment on… please?]

Please be sure I have a way to contact you if you win! Leave your e-mail address in your comment, or if your profile is set to public and your e-mail address is in your profile, that works too.

This giveaway ends Monday, June 8th at midnight, MST. I will use random.org to choose a winner, and will post the winner on my site. The giveaway is open to international readers.


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  3. my favorite wallpaper is the one where they gaze into the sunset. So cute. Is that a papa minotaur? or a cyclops too?

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  5. I like the wallpaper design of Carol on his daddy's shoulders. He's quite adorable for a monster! I'm also following you on Twitter :-)

  6. What a lovely fun site. It's great that there are more and more pople entering the digital book arena. Children get get so much learning from animated, talking, interactive digital books. We also publish interactive stories for children if readers want to check out our site http://www.wizz-e.com.


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