Vancouver, Canada – With the launch today of “A Sweet Story,” Vancouver company Sweet Story Entertainment Inc. jumps into the world of digital literature. “A Sweet Story,” a book for children aged 4-8, is available in the iTunes Store just in time for parents and grandparents seeking the perfect holiday gift.

Early reviews are looking good. Novelist, Globe and Mail columnist and parent Russell Smith had a sneak peak and had this to say: “A delicious and fast-moving little story about a brave boy and the food he hates. Best of all, it reads just like a real book.”

“A Sweet Story” follows the imaginary exploits of young Oliver Pumpernickel, who likes treats so much he wants to be their best friend. Readers swipe and tap to help Oliver pogo-stick with a piece of cake, go sledding with a cookie, and swim with a pool party of jelly beans in his richly coloured inner world. But before Oliver can enjoy such sweet pursuits, he has to get past the childhood gatekeepers of dessert – that’s right, the much-dreaded vegetables.

Sweet Story Entertainment Inc. is a partnership between veteran children’s writer Jono Howard and creative studio Global Mechanic Media. Parents themselves, the book’s creators were concerned with the glut of low-quality interactive books that distract from learning and parent-child bonding by focusing on aimless gaming rather than story. They set out to make a beautiful book to be cherished like other children’s classics.

“Games and electronic versions of classic kids’ books have been around for a few years and they’re being embraced by kids and parents,” said “A Sweet Story” author Jono Howard, “but we’ve seen these stories before. Original books with interactive elements created specifically for digital media are a fairly new idea. Early research shows that kids prefer digital versions to printed versions, but don’t retain much of the story. We think we know why. So we made this one to encourage literacy and ignite kids’ imaginations.”

“Literacy is a cause close to our hearts, and we recognize that, while growing, access to digital books is still a privilege,” says Executive Producer Tina Ouellette. “We saw an opportunity to do some good with this book, and are happy to announce that partial proceeds of “A Sweet Story” will go to ABC Life Literacy Canada and First Book in the US.”

Device Requirements:
* Compatible with iPad
* Requires iOS 6.0 or later
* 131 MB

Pricing and Availability:
A Sweet Story 1.0 is $3.99 USD (or equivalent amount in other currencies) and available worldwide exclusively through the App Store in the Books category. For more information visit Sweet Story Entertainment online, or follow @ASweetStoryInc on Twitter.

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Sweet Story Entertainment Inc. is a joint venture between Jono Howard Productions and Global Mechanic Media to bring new, original kids’ books to life. With a focus on providing strong digital content that mirrors traditional story time with its educational and social benefits, Sweet Story Inc. welcomes interactive functionality when it enhances the story and experience, without distracting from it. Copyright (C) 2012 Sweet Story Entertainment Inc. 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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