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The Artist Mortimer

April 22, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Mortimer and his magical paintings ...

The Artist Who Stole Bits of The World is an original storybook app with text and artwork by Bo Zaunders. It was created with OCG Studios "Develop Your Own (DYO)" book app creation tool. It is a charming story about an artist who has a unique ability to capture whatever he paints permanently on his canvas. If he paints the ocean, he carries away all the water when he takes his masterpiece home, for instance. Soon everyone insists he stop painting until Mortimer finds a unique solution that will enchant readers age 4 and up.

This app is lightly animated and interactive, with nice hints for many of the touch-points. It has ample settings to adjust the music, sound effects and narration, which includes nice word-for-word highlighting. This title also has a page guide and recording available for your own, personalized voice-over. Links that leave the app are tucked into a 'Parents' section with a 3-second tap & hold to protect it from little fingers.

Overall, this is a beautifully illustrated and well-crafted tale that will appeal to both kids and adults. It's very short, but sweet and makes a great bedtime read. Light animation and interactivity is polished, and all the enhancements are pitch-perfect for the story.

My Highest Recommendation!

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The Artist Mortimer

April 22, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Bo Zaunders

OC Graphics

Length (time):
3 - 5 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 9 +

English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Artist Mortimer

Mortimer is a painter. His paintings are unique in one particular way, though, that causes a lot of trouble. When he paints, whatever he paints disappears, living only on the canvas after he captures it. Soon everyone is insisting that he stop painting. But Mortimer loves to paint. He has an idea! He will paint the things that people want to see leave this world, like bad dreams and forest fires. Now he can paint and make the world a better place at the same time ...


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Home, PageGuide, Settings (Audio Controls), Recording, Parents Section (under 3 second hold) w/ Links to: Facebook, Twitter, Web

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Size: 72.97 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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