Latest and last content update of our storybook app for kids after 3 years of development!

So, you can now read Dominique Maes’ full storybook for children on the iPad. It is with real pleasure that we saw our small community grow and follow the releases of new illustrations in the book over the past three years.

Thanks to you for your patience and kindness.

Next rendez-vous in October. In real this time! We plan an exhibition of the original illustrations in Brussels. It should be an interactive and dynamic exhibition with possibilities of workshops.

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All my Love (for You) – our book app in BestAppsForKids.com’ Valentine’s Apps for Kids 2015 selection

BestApp-4stars-recommended1We are delighted by Best Apps For Kids’ team’s decision to include our book app for kids “All my Love (for You)” in their 2015 selection of Valentine’s Apps for Kids 2015!!!

Back in 2013, Stacy Zeiger wrote lovely comments about the book:

  •  a story with a classic feel that will appeal to all members of the family!
  •  it is the perfect story for quiet moments, such as just before bedtime or while sitting on a loved one’s lap.
  • Children will learn new vocabulary words as they listen to the story. It will also introduce children to the concept of love and help them see the many forms love can take. The story is full of vivid imagery and gives children read something other than the traditional rhyming story.
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Are you ready for a spacewalk?

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We have been struggling with one of the biggest illustrations of this book app! The author wanted to give a feeling of unending space but the hatching and crosshatching drawings provided de facto boundaries that we could not easily erase.

So we’ve been brainstorming quite a long time and came up with an idea while watching a “Charlie and Lola” episode.

We’ve been emptying quite a few cartridges of blue ink on some top quality paper for three days, painting and scratching it until we were satisfied with the end result.

And so, now that all the assets have been extracted, we’re just waiting for the iOS developer to keep his promises 😉

Stay Tuned!

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“All my Love (for You)” has received a QED Seal, which stands for Quality, Excellence, Design!

All my Love (for You) on the App Store - This title has received a QED seal for quality in eBook design. It can be read easily on screens both large and small.

We’re very happy for our kids app “All my Love (for You)” has just received a QED Seal, which stands for Quality, Excellence, Design, the “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval™” for ebooks and apps. 

The title has successfully met the criteria established by a panel of ebook developers, passing all components of their 13-point test, no less 😉

What a golden year-end!!

Book app signing and other tales at the Children’s books Fair in Montreuil (Paris)

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a small swarm of kids around Dominique Maes

So, we’re finally back from the Salon du livre et de la presse jeunesse SeineSaintDenis , one of the major children’s books fair in France. We had a stand for the very first time there and got an amazing experience. We had some lovely encounters with children, parents, teachers, librarians and other professionals.

Dominique Maes himself enjoyed spending time on our small stand! We have pictures of him surrounded by a small swarm of kids that depict it much better than I could do with words. It was really sweet.

We observed a few boys READING the book. I use capital letters here because how many times have I read here and there that boys don’t read, don’t like reading?! Countless! Well, one of them came to us, his cap strongly screwed on his head. He declined my offer to use headphones and started reading “All my Love (for You)”. After quite a few minutes, his head slowly came up. He was grinning like he had discovered something huge and told me in a whisper “oh, it’s a love story”. I could hardly say much more and start dissecting all the treasures hidden in the book.

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Digital reading!

We actually had both boys and girls from different ages (app. 5 to 10 years-old) who immersed themselves completely in the book and “came back”, taking off the headphones, with a dreamy smile on their lips.

We also used multi headphone splitters for the first time and saw parents sharing the book app with their child in this crowded environment. This was really magic! We simply didn’t think of taking pictures. Yes, sometimes you feel like it’s a private moment. A private moment in a public space that doesn’t necessarily need to be witnessed by strangers on the internet 😉

In addition, we also had very promising, fruitful discussions with a few artists and publishers. No doubts, we could feel a slow change of minds towards digital books. Artists and publishers who used to be strongly averse to digital publishing eyed Dominique Maes’ book app with great interest.

Last but not least… as suggested in the title, we’ve tested book signing within the app… well, how to describe this?! We had shot a small video prior to the fair, which you can watch on youtube if you want a snapshot of it.

Only Dominique can edit the page enabling the book signing by using three fingerprints and a secret password that only he and the developer know. Yes indeed, they didn’t put me (e.g. the publisher) in the confidence, the rascals!

Then, he can add one of the stamps designed for the occasion and sign the book with a stylus. The stroke probably is a little uncertain now but give him a few months to feel as confident as British artist David Hockney 😉

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Roger! Our small LSO‬ (Landing Signal Officer) is ready for takeoff

Have you updated the app’s latest version 1.6?

We have recently added long-awaited page 14. Our little plane awaits you to fly in the clouds. No need to avoid them here. On contrary.

Oh, and don’t panic if you do loopings. Our developer found it fun to let the little aircraft fly upside down from time to time… Never fight dreams of little boys 😉

Broom broom… can you hear the low sounds of the old diesel engine? Just wait for the green lights and take off for a dreamy journey.
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A peaceful journey

AllMyLoveForYou-DominiqueMaes-kids-app-peaceful-journey-luftballoonIn a fragile economic context – in which (kids) apps have to come free or heavily discounted to the consumer – I’m not sure that everyone is aware of the amount of work and creativity required to make an app in general and “All my Love (for You)” in particular…

Ouch, this is an introduction that sounds like the beginning of an opinion piece!

It’s not. Indeed, I would have then chosen a more provocative title… with double entendre – e.g. “When you’re passionate (s), you do not count” – and a more rhetorical style.

But no, no… it’s not the objective of this post. I will allow myself to quote Dominique Maes who has once again found the right words to describe our collaboration: “A peaceful journey.” Because it is indeed a journey into the text, in the form, in the process of creation and communication.

AllMyLoveForYou-DominiqueMaes-kids-app-peaceful-journey-head-in-cloudsThis is an ambitious journey (and maybe a little megalomaniac at time) which requires thoughtful preparations and permanent care. Nothing laborious but a careful work and attention to details that require the ability to challenge  and re-invent oneself. Hundred times on the job, back to work! And forward, always forward because “All my Love (for You)” is an artwork in constant expansion.

And that’s what we did last Sunday between the pear and cheese … we gathered our small team together: Dominique himself, the iOS developer, the little hand working on photoshop (me) as well as mini – and adult – testers …

Dominique discovered then his latest illustrations installed in the application (do not look for them, they are being developed and therefore still hidden). We saw him nod, take notes and rub his hands … And here, we should have been wary of  those tell-tale signs… because, when opening our mailbox this morning, it was a bit like he had not slept a wink since Sunday! Indeed, we’ve just received his notes and new artworks that will further enhance the book app.

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So, you should soon be able to discover the new pages of the book. We will keep you informed of the events very quickly…

Indeed, it is a journey that we would like to continue in pleasant company, in your company. This is why we try to let you know of the work-in-progress but also to engage in a dialogue with you through this blog and our Facebook page.

We look forward to hearing from you as well!