In anticipation of Halloween, we are excited to bring both of these perennial holiday favorites to life
Encinitas, CA (Vocus) October 19, 2010
Oceanhouse Media, Inc. announced the release of two new Halloween themed eBooks for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. The classic Dr. Seuss short-story What was I Scared of? is now available on the App Store for only $1.99. And one of the all-time best selling children’s Halloween books, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin by Joe Troiano, is now available as an eBook for only $2.99. Both universal apps can be used on the iPad and iPhone for no additional charge. These apps also include special high-resolution graphics for the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G Retina displays.
What was I Scared of? was authored in 1961 by Theodor Seuss Geisel, better known as the beloved Dr. Seuss. Delivering a timeless message about fear and acceptance, the tale begins with a character who repeatedly meets up with an empty pair of pale-green pants. He is initially afraid of the pants, which are able to stand on their own despite the lack of a wearer. However, when he screams for help and the pants also start to cry, he realizes that "They were just as scared as I!" Eventually, the empty pants and the main character choose to no longer be in fear of one another and become good friends.
In The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin, where “the only good pumpkins are round pumpkins,” Spookley is shunned until a mighty storm threatens to destroy the entire patch. As the storm rages, Spookley realizes “it’s fine to be round while the weather is fair, but there are times it’s better to be a square.” Sometimes being different can save the day! Originally published in 2001, The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin has sold over a million copies to date, and has served as the basis for a Spookley the Square Pumpkin movie that has been shown every year since 2004 in movie theaters across the country and on national television networks, including both Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. “We are delighted with the new, interactive version of Spookley on the App Store,” said Joe Troiano, author of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin. “And we are impressed with the convenient read-aloud and vocabulary-learning features that Oceanhouse Media’s technology provides.”
Both eBooks combine the beautiful artwork from the original print books with innovative features that promote reading in kids, including highlighted picture / word associations, professional narration and custom background audio.
“In anticipation of Halloween, we are excited to bring both of these perennial holiday favorites to life as eBooks for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “These apps provide both entertainment and educational value to children in the form of fun, interactive experiences for play and learning.”
Oceanhouse Media, creators of the award-winning Dr. Seuss and Hay House apps, have recently seen seven of their Dr. Seuss and Berenstain Bears eBooks reach the #1 rank for paid books in the App Store.
For more information on these products and direct links to the App store, please visit Oceanhouse Media.
About Oceanhouse Media
Oceanhouse Media, Inc. is an iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad app development company founded in early 2009 by Michel Kripalani, former CEO of Presto Studios and Director of Business Development at Autodesk. The team is comprised of developers with decades of experience, primarily from the video game business, that now share a common purpose to uplift, educate and inspire through technology. Currently, Oceanhouse Media has over 110 apps on the App Store. The company’s corporate mantra is "Creativity with Purpose." Oceanhouse Media
About Dr. Seuss Enterprise, L.P.
Dr. Seuss Enterprises was founded in 1993 following the death of Theodor S. Geisel, Dr. Seuss, to conserve and nurture the works of Dr. Seuss by protecting the integrity of the Dr. Seuss books while expanding beyond books into licensed merchandise. The licensing effort is a strategic part of the overall effort to strengthen and protect the relationship consumers have with Dr. Seuss characters. Theodor Geisel said he never wanted to license his characters to anyone who would “round out the edges”. That is one of the guiding philosophies of Dr. Seuss Enterprises.
About Joe Troiano, Spookley, and Holiday Hill Farm
Joe Troiano is the author of The Legend of Spookley the Square Pumpkin and all of the other perennial holiday favorites in the Holiday Hill Farm books series: The Legend of Mistletoe and the Christmas Kittens, The Legend of Lyla the Lovesick Ladybug, The Legend of Jellybean and the Unbreakable Egg, and The Legend of Beacon the Bright Little Firefly. Holiday Hill Farm is a magical farm filled with heart-warming characters that embark on fun-filled adventures and teach important values along the way. In addition to creating Holiday Hill Farm, Joe has also collaborated on many other children’s projects including Arthur’s Missing Pal, Caillou’s Holiday Movie, Disney’s JoJo’s Circus, and Caillou, the TV series. For more information, please visit Holiday Hill Farm