CLOSED-Ruckus Media Book Apps for the Holidays! & GIVEAWAY! Happy Holidays Gift Guide!

Hey All you Iphone, Ipad, or Ipod Touch Users!

Have you heard about Ruckus Media Group Book Apps? They recently launched a series of classic stories to use on all those Apple Gadgets that are great for children. Their current titles include Pecos Bill, The Velveteen Rabbit, John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, and Tom Thumb. These Apps are part of what they call their Rabbit Ears library. The apps are universal and were developed to run on Ipod Touch, the iPhone, and iPad. Each comes with three different options to read the story.

These awesome apps also feature professional narration by fabulous celebrities.  For example, Pecos Bill is narrated by Robin Williams, Meryl Streep reads The Velveteen Rabbit, John Cleese tells of Tom Thumb, Garrison Keillor reads Johnny Appleseed, and Denzel Washington is the voice of John Henry. Each App includes three options to use the app in.

First I tried the video version option which is story telling with out any text on the screen in these videos, but there is an original score to accompany and narration. The music is these apps is done by amazing artists like Elvis Costello and B.B.King among others. There really is no detail left undone in these amazing apps.

The next story option I tried is the one where it makes the app like a book and you will turn the pages (aka swipe your fingers across the screen of your gadget) one at a time. There is no narration in this opyion.

Finally, I tried the read and record option. This is where you can record yourself reading the story. After you’ve done recording you can hear your voice doing a personal narration as you move through the book. I do like that the app gives you the three different options. It makes it fun and unique.

I tested out all Five Apps, but the story of Pecos Bill narrated by Robin Williams stood out the most to me as Robin Williams did an amazing job narrating the video. The other apps have Amazing narration too, but this is the Story I personally liked the best. Pecos Bill’s illustrations captured the spirit of the story and looked great on my iPad.

Below are some pics, titles, and links to the Apps that I was lucky to try on my Ipad. They are each sold for $3.99 each on Itunes.

Tom Thumb and the Knights of the Round Table, told by John Cleese, illustrated by Tim Gabor, music by Elvis Costello

The Velveteen Rabbit told by Meryl Streep, illustrated by Dave Jorgenson, music by George Winston

Johnny Appleseed, told by Garrison Keillor, illustrated by Stan Olson, music by Mark O’Connor

Pecos Bill told by Robin Williams, illustrated by Tim Raglin, music by R. Cooder.

John Henry told by Denzel Washington, illustrated by Barry Jackson, music by B.B. King

These Apps would make great gifts for any child this year! If you plan on buying an Ipod Touch or Ipad for you child consider pre-loading it with this digital library library of Apps! I’m sure they will love them!

In a recent online national survey of parents with children ages 12 and younger, 49 percent reported plans to give their kids electronic gifts such as cell phones, computers, tablets and Ipod Touch devices, for Christmas or Hanukkah this year. The Ruckus apps are really perfect for kids ages 4-10 who are into technology or ready to be techno-orientated – or families looking to share favorite stories while on the go.

In the coming weeks, they will be releasing two more apps via the iTunes store. Andrew Answers and A Present for Milo are original apps full of interactive touch-screen technology perfect for children who want to truly be a part of the story.  These apps are not part of the Rabbit Ears library.

On the Rabbit Ears front, they have three more brand new apps coming out soon that will include Goldilocks and the Three Bears (narrated by Meg Ryan), The Three Little Pigs (narrated by Holly Hunter) and The Steadfast Tin Soldier.

And TO KICK OFF THE HOLIDAY SEASON the Timeless Story of the Velveteen Rabbit will be Available Through iTunes for FREE For a Limited Time! Surry Hurry and get your free App everyone!
It will be available free of charge (regularly $3.99) for the upcoming holiday – Thanksgiving Day through Cyber Monday (November 25th – 29th) exclusively through Apple’s iTunes App Store.
“The Velveteen Rabbit is a classic story and we are thrilled to be able to offer it for free to help kick off the holiday season,” said founder and CEO Rick Richter. “We like to think of this gesture as an early gift from our family to yours that allows anyone with a mobile Apple device to enjoy this timeless tale and seasonal music. With all of the travel around this time of year, we hope parents and families enjoy these stories together.”
“We believe in producing wholesome, family-friendly entertainment that can be enjoyed all-year round,” said Jim Young, Ruckus Media Group’s COO. “The Velveteen Rabbit exemplifies what we are doing to re-imagine some of the classic stories as well as introduces the Ruckus brand and gives a glimpse into what we are releasing in the near future.”

I personally look forward to all their future Apps, and I highly recommend these Apps for any tech savvy family or child for the Holidays. I love these beautiful Apps and I’m sure you will love them too once you try them!


The Fabulous folks over at Ruckus Media Group would love to give ONE of my readers a VOUCHER TO DOWNLOAD these FIVE amazing Apps for Free! You can win ALL FIVE STORYBOOK APPS that are part of the Rabbit Ears library, WHICH are the Apps that I tried and mentioned in this feature. You can WIN them all for your special child! How great is that!

Visit the Ruckus Media Group Website by CLICKING HERE and have look around their site. Then LEAVE A COMMENT BELLOW on this post letting me know what Story or Fairy Tale you would like to see turned into a Book App by Ruckus Media?
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GIVEAWAY WILL END DEC. 5TH, 2010 at 11:59pm  pacific time! Winners will be notified by email, twitter, or facebook and winners will be announced on this blog, on twitter, and on facebook. 



Good luck to All who enter! And THANK YOU so much for following my blog! I hope you enjoy my Happy Holidays Gift Guide Features!

**Disclosure: I was given 5 free Apps from Ruckus Media Group for this feature giveaway post. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated or paid in any way for this feature giveaway post.**