Magazine article Technology & Learning

Product: Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Product: Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore

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Inspired by the William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg animated short film of the same title, Moonbot's Fantastic Flying Books of Morris Lessmore is an interactive storybook that artfully blends 2D and computer animation techniques with interactive fun for a whimsical look at reading.


QUALITY AND EFFECTIVENESS: An interactive audio-rich, child-appropriate storybook like Fantastic Flying Books can help build reading and listening skills in engaging, ways by offering a variety of playful reading and story-related activities.

EASE OF USE: Even young readers won't need much prompting to explore storybook pages. The graphical multimedia-rich interface makes operation intuitive and quickly puts readers in control. Some items on every page respond to the swipe or tap of a finger, providing rewards for exploration and curiosity. If readers do nothing, the story prompts them by drawing attention to the active element.

CREATIVE USE OF TECHNOLOGY: Each of the book's interactive pages is beautifully rendered with meticulously rendered graphics, except at the beginning of the story when Morris is without his books. On those pages, he and his surroundings appear in drab black and white. High-quality animations and clever sound effects flavor each page, bringing storybook characters to life on screen.

SUITABILITY FOR USE IN A SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT: This interactive tactile reading bonanza is designed for home use, not the classroom. …

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