A Lion and Whale Can Dance, the first interactive children's book by trail-blazing digital publishing firm Arcade Sunshine Media was released on April 30, 2012 as an iPad app and is now available at the App Store ($3.99).
The app has a distinctively 'old-school' feel to it, thanks to lush, detailed illustrations by Ben McIntire, while the story pays homage to first-time author Fizzy's grandparents who overcame differences culturally and background when they married in the 1940s. Fizzy explains, "the story is about love and friendship coming from seemingly impossible places.”
The app features 'read to me' and 'read by myself' modes, over 35 interactive animations, and a 'critter hunt' to keep kids coming back again and again. Simple controls and vivid illustrations mean that kids can use the app by themselves, or alongside an adult.
“It really highlights what Arcade Sunshine is all about,” said Aziz Isham, (President) of Arcade Sunshine Media. “Beautiful, hand-crafted, digital media is possible – and not just for large corporations and massive budgets, but for the independent market, too.”
A Lion and Whale can Dance is the first children's offering by Arcade Sunshine Media, whose previous releases have included the first socially connected ebook app, Here on Earth, with best-selling author Tim Flannery and, more recently, an interactive guide to Moby Dick featuring interactive maps, infographics, and contributions from some of the country's top Moby Dick experts.