Seattle, WA: Seattle author William Heimbach, and illustrator Angelina Tolentino have released a children’s book app, based on their successfully crowd-funded book, “A Whale Who Dreamt of a Snail.” The app is available for iPhone 5 & later, iPad 2 & later, and iPod Touch 5th gen. Specifically designed to be one of the first apps a child will experience, it is free of advertising or in-app purchases.
A Whale Who Dreamt of a Snail is a goodnight story that inspires young children to think about their dreams, while playfully showing them a diversity of animals and environments around the world. The app was thoughtfully designed so that even the youngest child will be able to navigate easily without getting lost or confused. Parents and children alike will delight in the elegantly painted illustrations. A sprinkle of animation brings the pictures to life, along with narration and background music. A “Read-to-Yourself” option is included.
William and Angelina decided early to go the self-publishing route. “We didn’t want to wait to have our book approved by a large publishing company. We believed in it enough to move forward, using our own money and crowd-funding,” says Heimbach, who wrote the story. Heimbach and Tolentino raised $11,129 for the initial short-run digital printing and app development via Kickstarter. “It was a shoe-string budget for a self-published book, but we were able to do quite a bit with it,” says Tolentino. Portland-based Purple Bottle Media was brought on board to develop the app.
A Whale Who Dreamt of a Snail App is available on the App Store for $2.99 for iPhone 5 & later, iPad 2 & later, and iPod Touch 5th gen. OS.6.1 or higher.