This extraordinary picture book app is based on the board book by the same name, published in print in 2013. So Many Stars is a whimsical and nearly wordless celebration of the artistic vision of Andy Warhol. According to the developers, the "So" series of illustrations created by Warhol was intended to:
" ... explore the concept of ‘So,’ including You Are So Big, You Are So Small, So Sweet, and I Love You So. Filled with sweet phrases that will enthrall parents and children alike, Warhol’s So Many Stars is a terrific introduction to an iconic modern artist. These illustrations are bundled in a unique ‘So’ book for children."
Featuring beautifully timed interactions and animation, this title goes far beyond the usual app, expecting young readers to consider each page individually for an immersive experience that is both satisfying and emotionally complex. On the 2nd page a blue cat appears on a red background with no other instructions. Tapping the cat elicits a cursive "Purr" on the screen and the sound of a cat purring. More tapping does nothing, however, BUT if the reader gently and slowly pets the cat on the screen several times, more purring and words appear until the page says, "so happy". Each of the 26 scenes has this kind of innovative interface, well-crafted for the digital version.
The only drawback is slow loading time for older iPads and the singular lack of navigation. There is no home button or pageguide so once you start the story you are committed to it and cannot easily revisit a favorite page. Other than this technical fix that is sorely needed in all book apps, So Many Stars is pitch-perfect. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, this app is a must-download for anyone who loves great art and a sure-thing for nearly anyone who is young at heart.
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Bugaboo International B.V.
10 - 15 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: Yes
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 2 - 8 +
Enter the whimsical world of Andy Warhol!
A cheerful app is born through the collaboration between the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and Bugaboo. This interactive adaptation of Andy Warhol’s ‘So’ book, explores the concept of the ‘So’ series and invites children to discover what happens inside the ‘So’ animations. That discovery starts when touching objects on the different pages, such as making dogs grow, eating spaghetti and letting fish jump out of the water. There’s no right or wrong, it’s purely about discovering Andy Warhol’s world in a playful graphical way.
Andy Warhol is considered one of the most important artists of the 20th Century. Best known for his images of soup cans and celebrities, Warhol worked for years as a commercial illustrator before becoming famous. During those years, Andy Warhol created many hand drawn personal pieces.
One of his most playful projects is his So Series of illustrations which explore the concept of ‘So,’ including You Are So Big, You Are So Small, So Sweet, and I Love You So. Filled with sweet phrases that will enthrall parents and children alike, Warhol’s So Many Stars is a terrific introduction to an iconic modern artist. These illustrations are bundled in a unique ‘So’ book for children.
Andy Warhol’s innovative approach to art proved an inspiration for Bugaboo, the mobility design company, which itself is driven by a passion for innovation. In May 2013 Bugaboo and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts began their multi-year creative collaboration with the spring launch of Warhol-inspired stroller accessories. The collaboration celebrates the artist’s love for children’s inquisitive and creative minds and his ability to create timeless work that transcends any age or time period.
Revenue generated by the sale of the app will contribute generously to The Andy Warhol Foundation’s endowment from which it distributes grants in support of contemporary art.