San Francisco, California – Wanderful, Inc. has received the prestigious Editor’s Choice Award for its interactive poetry app, The New Kid on the Block, from Children’s Technology Review. The New Kid on the Block is the 14th title, originally published by Living Books, to be enhanced and updated for Apple’s iPad/iPhone and Mac OS X computers by Wanderful.

Children’s Technology Review honored The New Kid on the Block in its January 2014 issue. Their reviews measure ease of use for children, educational value, entertainment value, design features and overall product value. The New Kid App received a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. The review highlighted the hilarious nature of the poems, suited for children of all ages stating “Prelutsky’s funny poems are especially effective with children, dealing with such things as a dog that is put together wrong and homework blowing up.” They also gave it the highest Educational ranking noting that “every noun identifies itself in animation and every verb does its action, turning this app into a living dictionary.”

“We are thrilled that once again Wanderful has been honored with the Children’s Technology Review Editor’s Choice Award” said Mickey W. Mantle, Chief Executive Officer at Wanderful. We are very pleased to receive our fourth of these wards for The New Kid on the Block, in addition to the awards we previously received for Arthur’s Teacher Trouble, Harry and the Haunted House, and Ruff’s Bone. CTR has also recommended Wanderful’s Tortoise and the Hare app as well.”

Jack Prelutsky, the author of The New Kid on the Block, began writing poetry before we sent men to the moon. Nearly 50 years later, he is delighted to find some of his poems available in this App. While Jack has published over 1,000 poems in about 70 volumes, some of his most loved verses are to be found in The New Kid on the Block. In 2006, the Poetry Foundation designated Jack as the nation’s first Children’s Poet Laureate.

Wanderful’s The New Kid on the Block App is available for $4.99 on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.

A premium upgrade is available – $2.99 via In-App Purchase – for the 45 page Classroom Activities guide containing an extensive bibliography and 13 activities to help teachers integrate the App and poetry into their classroom curricula. Aligned with the Common Core State Standards, these 13 activities help students understand poems, poetry, and how to write poems themselves. Two of the activities are included in a Classroom Activities Preview document included with each App.

Wanderful’s The New Kid on the Block App is also available for $9.99 on Mac OS X computers and includes the complete 45 page Classroom Activities guide.

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Wanderful Apps are based upon classic storybooks by renowned authors such as Marc Brown, Mercer Mayer, Jan and Stan Bernstein, Eli Noyes, Mark Schlichting, and others. Originally introduced as Living Books by Brderbund Software, they became a gold standard in early education, embraced by teachers, praised by parents and cherished by children. Now available on Apple and Android tablets, as well as phones and Mac OS X computers, Wanderful Apps have further extended their reach into the lives of today’s generation of digital kids. With memorable original music, whimsical fully animated characters and pages filled with interactivity, Wanderful Apps engage and educate early readers for hours. Additionally, Wanderful Apps can be used for bi-lingual education, as well as ESL studies, as many Apps are available in several foreign languages. Copyright (C) 2014 Wanderful, 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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