Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Midlandia Press, the boutique publisher of print and interactive children’s storybooks, today announced the launch of an anti-bullying app based upon the picture book, Be a Buddy, Not a Bully. Illustrated by collaborative art group The Ink Circle and written by Michael Scotto, this colorful and humorous app is recommended for ages 4 and up.

Be a Buddy, Not a Bully – A Tales of Midlandia Storybook is the third app in the Tales of Midlandia series, a suite of social stories that combines universal themes with a rich world of unforgettable characters. Optimized for all generations of iPad and illustrated in a lush, vibrant style, this story follows gentle Harvest the farmer as he fends off the insults and attacks of Buck the banker. Matching the high standard set by previous Midlandia Press efforts, this story models methods of dealing with bullies while engrossing readers with humorous writing, spirited narration, original music, theme-enriching interactivity, and highlighted text to aid comprehension.

Children can interact with this intuitive app in myriad ways. Tilts, shakes, and touches activate numerous animations and sounds throughout the story. In addition, to enhance the story’s message about the importance of communication, every character on every page can be touched to hear audio of their inner thoughts. To achieve this effect, Midlandia Press enlisted the book’s original author to write over 50 new lines of iPad-exclusive character dialog.

Device Requirements
* Requires iPad with iOS 4.3 or later
* App optimized for display on all iPad generations
* 160.0 MB

Pricing and Availability:
For its first two weeks of release, Be a Buddy, Not a Bully – A Tales of Midlandia Storybook 0.9 is only $0.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies). Beginning August 31, it moves to its regular price of $1.99. It is available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category.

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Midlandia Press is a children’s book and app publisher based in the greater Pittsburgh area. Founded in late 2011, Midlandia Press has since published seven print titles and developed a trio of top-caliber interactive iPad apps. Its creative team is united by a common and fervent passion: to tell entertaining stories that also fulfill a child’s desire to learn and grow. Copyright (C) 2012 Midlandia Press. All Rights Reserved. Apple, the Apple logo, iPhone, iPod and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc. in the U.S. and/or other countries.

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