iPad gets its first 3D pop-up e-book

I have two children, both boys – one aged three-and-a-bit and one aged 16 months. They’re boisterous, loud and constantly on the move. But yesterday, both spent 20 minutes at my side, rapt in attention. The reason? An iPad app called Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin.

It’s the work of an Irish company called Ideal Binary, and is the first iPad e-book to use the company’s PopIris technology. It updates the classic fairytale for the tablet, offering 30 pages of text, and 11 double-page pop-up scenes, inspired by real-life pop-up books.

However, the scenes are interactive – you can change your view, tap on characters to see their thought-bubbles, and play with other items like water-wheels and clouds. All the while, a rousing soundtrack plays in the background.

As I said, my boys loved it, and as a parent I was impressed by the production quality of the e-book. It certainly felt worth the £2.99 I paid for it. The only downside? It’s currently the only PopIris app available. Hopefully it’ll be a success so Ideal Binary can make a bunch more. The company says it’s also working on a version of Rumpelstiltskin for iPhone and iPod touch.

App Store Link: Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin

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