London, United Kingdom – Independent publisher Nosy Crow is pleased to announce that its first free games app, The Grunts: Beards of Bees, is available now on the App Store for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. The app, a tie-in game for The Grunts book series, written by Philip Ardagh and published in the UK by Nosy Crow in September, features original artwork by The Gruffalo illustrator Axel Scheffler and is entirely free to download.

This funny, fun (and rather addictive) game requires fast fingers, quick thinking… and no fear of bees! Players have to build the biggest beard of buzzing bees as possible for Mr Grunt before the time runs out, but they have to be careful – flowers, birds, and butterflies will all make his bees fly away. Collecting bees quickly means bonus time rewards. Players can compete with friends for the highest score. You can even join the fun on Twitter, recording your score with the #beardofbees hashtag.

As well as all-new artwork by The Grunts illustrator Axel Scheffler, the app features hilarious voice narration by Philip Ardagh, an original score by BAFTA-winning composer Robin Beanland, and ingenious gameplay by Nosy Crow’s award-winning app developer team.

“It’s been great fun working on our first app for older children. The book is for children of 7 and that means that we wanted to explore a different kind of gameplay, with, for example, scoring. It’s fantastic to be able to use the app-building talents of the team to support a new publication and lead children to the book,” says Kate Wilson, Managing Director. “However, it’s a brilliantly engaging game in its own right.”

The Grunts: Beard of Bees is based on The Grunts books, written by Roald Dahl Funny Prize-winning author Philip Ardagh and illustrated by Axel Scheffler. The first book in the series, The Grunts in Trouble, will be published in the UK in September 2012. The second volume in the series, The Grunts all at Sea, is scheduled for publication in May 2013.

Device Requirements:
* iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, 3/4G iPod touch and iPad
* Requires iOS 3.1.3 or later
* 37.1 MB

Pricing and Availability:
The Grunts: Beards of Bees 1.0 is Free and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Games category.

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Nosy Crow is a London-based children’s book and app publisher founded in 2010 by veterans of the children’s publishing industry working who brought on board experienced electronic games developers. It published 23 books/ebooks and three apps in 2011, and will publish 36 books/ebooks and nine apps in 2012. It was named Children’s Publisher of the Year at the 2012 Independent Publishing Awards. In the U.S. and Canada, the Nosy Crow imprint is published under the umbrella of Candlewick Press. In Australia and New Zealand, Nosy Crow partners with Allen and Unwin. Nosy Crow believes in encouraging children to read for pleasure, whatever reading material and whatever reading experience they choose. Copyright (C) 2012 Nosy Crow. 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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