“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.

Boy reading an ebook - All my Love (for You) by Dominique Maes - Paris Children's books fair 2013 - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

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 😉

Digital book signing - Dominique Maes - All my Love (for You) - book app available on the App Store toute-premiere-dedicace-num copy

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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1.4

Today is St-Dominic’s day and we have been quite pleased to learn that Apple had accepted the update of Dominique Maes’s book app only a couple of days after its submission!

So, the version 1.4 of “All my Love (for You)” is available on the App Store and I can now tell you a little more about the changes we made in it!

We have added a couple of very exciting new functionalities. You can :

* record your own narration from within the “Parents” section accessible via the ⓘ symbol present on the cover page.

add pictures in the tree trunk on page 12 of the storybook.

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Tree Trunk’s little people: Add your pictures in the tree trunk on page 12

* and send small hearts to neighboring devices via Bluetooth but sssh, we’ll write a post on it in a few days.

Among smaller corrections, we have also:

increased the font size of the text because some of you complained that the letters sometimes blurred on first generation iPads and iPhones.

updated the Privacy Badge (in the parents section) designed by Moms With Apps but here again we’ll tell you a little more about this initiative because you family’s privacy and safety is something we take very seriously.

– and finally fixed tiny bugs you probably didn’t notice but made our in-house developer mad 😉

We look forward to your feedback!

All my Love for You - a new book app for kids by Belgian children's author-illustrator now available on the App Store

In the air or on the ground… A post about aircraft ground handling in our kids app!

So, we’re having this huge illustration of an aerodrome with this small guy at the edge of the runway waiting for further iOS development… and we suddenly think that we don’t know much about aircraft ground handling and the job of the landing signal officer (LSO)!

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Flagman directs pilot (stop) in kidsapp “All my Love (for you)” by Dominique Maes

We’ve started looking into aircraft marshaling and the job of the flagman; and, this is what we found in substance:

“visual signalling between ground personnel and pilots on an airportaircraft carrier or helipad. Marshalling is one-on-one visual communication and a part of aircraft ground handling. It may be as an alternative to, or additional to, radio communications between the aircraft and air traffic control, The usual equipment of a marshaller is a reflecting safety vest, a helmet with acoustic earmuffs, and gloves or marshalling wands, handheld illuminated beacons.”
Source: Courtesy of Wikipedia

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U.S. Navy Lieutenant W.F. Tobin, Landing Signal Officer (LSO), waves aircraft on board the French carrier LaFayette (R96) off French Indochina (Vietnam). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Another Wikipedia page provides info on standardized LSO signals designed by the U.S. Navy as well as differences between UK and U.S. LSOs. Indeed, U.S. Navy signals were advisory while Royal Navy signals were usually mandatory. More details here.

Now, the question is “What and who’s going to land on this airport runway???”

We’re quite excited about this new addition in the app and look forward to sharing it with you!

Save 50% on our book app – All my Love (for You) – with this one-off Father’s Day offer!

The critically acclaimed book app for kids “All my Love (for You)” is just the perfect app to share with Dad on Father’s Day!

It’s thus our great pleasure to offer you this one time promotion to celebrate dads in June.

The app will be exceptionally priced at $2.99 instead of $5.99 until June 20.

Father's Day special offer: 50% retail price drop on the kids app "All my Love (for You)"

Father’s Day special offer: 50% retail price drop on the kids app “All my Love (for You)”

The book is written and illustrated by Dominique Maes, seasoned Belgian author-illustrator of children’s literature, who offers here an intimate and moving narrative investigating the many different ways a parent could express love for his child.

We hope you enjoy this digital exploration of parental emotion as much as we do!

Father’s Days around the world and a surprise in preparation!

Father’s Day can be tricky to organize especially if you are an expat family!

Many countries celebrate it in June though:

  • on the first Sunday of June in Switzerland (i.e. yesterday, June 2),
  • on the second Sunday of June (i.e. June 9) in Belgium except in Antwerpen, in Spain and Italy,
  • on the third Sunday of June (i.e. June 16) in France, Canada, in the United States, in the United Kingdom, in China or Japan…,
  • on October 6 in Luxembourg

Still can’t find the country you live in in that list? You can find additional Father’s Day dates around the world on Wikipedia!

In the meantime, we are preparing a surprise for your kids, a small, easy DIY they can customize and offer to their dad.

All my Love (for You), a love story to share with your dad - now on the App Store

All my Love (for You), a love story to share with your dad – now on the App Store