The Bird Stories

Meet Cadence the uncoordinated starling and her friends in my new ebook app for the iPad:

You do have an iPad, right? If you don’t you’d better buy one, so you can download this app. Do it now! The story is written and illustrated  (and narrated, but you should turn the narration off to spare me the humiliation of having people listen to the annoying sound of my voice) by me , and programmed by Famloop.

It’s an interactive storybook for young readers, with some simple games and such built in. But you can buy it even if you don’t know anyone under five!

Here’s some screenshots from the first story in the app. ‘Starling’:

The app itself is free to download on iTunes, then £1.49 if you like me the preview enough to download the whole story. It’s the first in a series of three stories about birds that I’ll be working on, all of which will be available soon on that app! Here’s a little preview of the main character in the next book:

So watch this space for more updates! Famloop have more apps available along the same lines for children that you should also buy when you buy your iPad (which you’re going to go and do now, right?), here: Look out for ‘The Animals you Don’t Know’ by Sonya Hallett especially, because it’s pretty awesome.



I recently finished working on a couple of images for Neil’s new app, Textopus (which lets you save and send templates for text messages that you write all the time) – the first octopus is for the icon, and the second is used in the app itself. His name is Otis.

The colouring of the first Otis has changed a bit since I did this version and got more gradienty, like the second one (Neil likes gradients. I HATE gradients. He got his way – and I have to admit, it does look better that way on the tiny iPhone screen). I did these mostly on the iPad again, which is the most bearable way to make digital images if not the most flexible. I’m learning!

You can see how the icon looks on the app store (and also buy the app, because it’s really useful) here: iTunes link

Fun fact – octopuses have three hearts. They are therefore 50% more awesome than Doctor Who!