What if the Wolf didn’t eat Grandma?
An app to make kids fall in love with reading again.
Ever wished your favourite fairy tale ended differently?
Well, now you can make it happen.
Auckland-based startup Sonnar Interactive has just launched a series of innovative reading apps that allow children (and children at heart!) to build their own versions of classic stories.
Twisted Tales combines the best of e-books, audiobooks and video games to create something new and exciting: a Sonnarbook.
This fresh take on choose-your-own-adventure books uses professional voice actors, a visual reading assistance tool, sound effects, music and art to reinvent traditional fairy tales.
Developed in association with the The Royal New Zealand Foundation of the Blind, Twisted Tales are believed to be the world’s first mobile apps where the reader can play the part of not only Red Riding Hood or Hansel and Gretel, but also the Big Bad Wolf or the Evil Witch, living the stories from their point of view!
“I’ve been blown away by the feedback from children and parents,” says Sonnar Interactive CEO Jarek Beksa, who was nominated Young New Zealand Innovator at the 2017 Innovation Awards.
“Children love the apps because they allow them to create their own versions of the stories and bring their favourite characters to life. Parents love how Sonnarbooks show their kids that reading is fun. The apps educate, stimulate the imagination and entertain, all at the same time.”
Dr Jannie van Hees from the New Zealand Council for Educational Research calls the Twisted Tales “an admirable concept”. She says the apps teach children reading, writing and listening skills, as well as risk management and decision-making.
“Our mission is to make reading cool again,” Beksa says. “We believe Twisted Tales will help children – and their parents – deepen their love of story time.”
Beauty and the Beast, Alice in Wonderland and The Jungle Book are due to be released in 2018.