A little hedgehog aces a big job: Leading kids straight to slumberland in a new iPad app for ages 3+
New York City (MMD Newswire) December 4, 2012 -- At first glance "Pookie's Snow Day" (pookiebook.com) looks like a traditional children's picture book in the lineage of "The hungry caterpillar", "Peter Rabbit", and "Winnie the Pooh" with its beautiful watercolor cut-paper collages and British narration. But the reader soon finds themselves in an interactive wonderland, where each page is a new game related to the quest of getting Pookie the baby-hedgehog home without getting stuck in the autumnal forest.

"Tablets have become so integrated into the household that they are just another way to experience stories. At heart this is just a bedtime story that happens to let the kids participate in the journey as they get ready for bed." Says illustrator and author Kati Nawrocki.

Writes educator Janet H. Engle, "I just spent the morning doing "Pookie's Snow day" with the preschool kids I work with. They LOVED it. Some of these kids have an attention span of about thirty seconds and I kept them busy for thirty minutes! This is great!"


Kirkus reviews found it "short, simple, sweet and stimulating" https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/kati-nawrocki/pookies-snow-day/

Many so-called interactive toys just prompt kids to do the same activities over and over again. Pookie challenges kids to solve problems in an open-ended way. This is especially true for the craft section inside the app, where kids can create their own artworks using characters and backgrounds from the story, and mixing them with their own photos and drawings.

Interactive picture books have finally come into their own with "Pookie's Snow Day", an adorable bedtime story about a little hedgehog's race against winter (available now on iTunes or at pookiebook.com).

Gutpela is interactive company specializing in iOS games and apps founded by New York-based developer, Flash game creator and musician Andrew Garrahan. He teaches programming at SVA and NYU.

Author and illustrator Kati Nawrocki is a blogger, co-founder of Studio1482, and the creator of the Epiphany creativity methodology (theanswersareinside.com). She is in charge of the creative department of The Economist Group.

store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/pookies-snow-day/id516089956?mt=8

video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=BUnm4Bkr8oU

Facebook: facebook.com/PookieTheHedgehog


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