FUTURE ASTRONAUT, 'MIA,' WATCHES AN ALIEN JUMP OFF THE PAGE OF A NEW CHILDREN'S BOOK AND INTO HER HAND.
Don't just read, interact.
In this imaginative children's book that makes astrophysics fun for the under 10 set, while teaching an endearing and lightspeed quick lesson about the universe and the power of imagination, Miss Thorb is a 4th grade substitute teacher from Mars who is currently on assignment in Topeka. To her shock, she soon discovers that the students at Enderfink Elementary know very little about space and the funny and fascinating alien cultures out there. After traveling more than 62 million miles, this sub who works the Milky Way circuit is determined to change all of that. To expand her students' horizons, Miss Thorb paints a colorful cosmic cornucopia of planets and alien cultures that will challenge their imaginations. Your children will marvel when the aliens Miss Thorb describes GET UP, WALK AROUND, LEAVE THE PAGES OF THE BOOK AND HOP INTO THEIR HANDS (with the use of a smart phone and a proprietary brand of interactive augmented reality magic).
The first draft of 'Our Teacher is a Creature' was penned in 2005. At the time, the story was only 33 rhyming verses. With the encouragement of a two children's publishers, one agent, an intern, some staffers at NASA, and one editor (who also has three published children's books to her credit), the story has blossomed into more than 200 verses, adding depth to Miss Thorb's adventure – now, our Martian substitute teacher takes her students to Kennedy Space Center where the class, prepping to take the ultimate field trip, will board a rocket for the International Space Station and, from there, go on to visit worlds where everything the students thought they knew, will be turned upside down and downside up. In Space…there are no ups or down. Just fun. The story, a first installment in a developing series, is complete and has been enriched with alien characters and out of this world adventures that is ready to entertain children ages 5 and up. And up. And up. And….well, Space is pretty high.
Here on Earth we, and the people at Wiggle Planet, LLC who invented it, call it 'interactive augmented reality,' which allows for the creation of highly sophisticated, self-animated characters. When children take a smart phone or tablet and download the app then point their device at any of the planets throughout the book, 3D invisible characters appear right on the pages. But these aren't typical animated characters. They have 'emotional intelligence' – children can touch and interact with them or giggle and watch as the aliens run around each page. By allowing children to engage with these characters, they remain focused on the story, adding an exciting level of reading enjoyment and interaction never before possible. And when children encounter Miss Thorb's headshot icon beside any of the story's instructional verses, an astrophysical educational opportunity presents right before their eyes. For example, when Miss Thorb says that in Space, sometimes the shortest distance between two points is not a straight line, whip out the smart phone, point it at the Miss Thorb teaching verse and voila, a mini animated video appears out of nowhere to creatively demonstrate that when flying in a rocket ship up to the I.S.S., you have to circumnavigate the planet multiple times while the I.S.S. catches up to you. Pretty cool, huh?
AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN CHILDREN'S PUBLISHING HISTORY, THIS IS THE BOOK THAT KEEPS ON GIVING LONG AFTER YOU TAKE IT HOME.
In addition to the 10 planets throughout the story where children will meet and interact with aliens who walk around and, at random moments, walk right off the page, even into their hands, we are including a special 'Summer Vacation Planet' on the last page of the book. Every time your child points a smartphone or tablet at the S.V.P., a brand new alien will appear there. We don't even know who (or what) will turn up! The proprietary programming and randomized database linked to the book produces an unlimited galaxy of intergalactic creatures. Whoa! But then, if you think about it, the Universe is pretty big with plenty of room for a lot of different aliens.
MAJOR TOM TO GROUND CONTROL
REQUESTING LIFTOFF SUPPORT
ALL THRUSTERS UP!
So that's an advance peek at 'Our Teacher is a Creature.' Now, have you ever wanted to be known as a Publisher of a new book or an Executive Producer on a new movie? Well, here's your chance. Because with your help, it's going to be a lot easier to make our very ambitious, ground breaking project take off. Too Nuts Productions and Wiggle Planet have combined their creative teams and uncanny inspiration to produce the first book in children's publishing history where the alien characters get up, walk around, leave the pages…and interact with kids. Even jumping into their hands.
To do that, our two companies have pulled in some very creative people to round out our collaboration teams. Among them: Herndon, Virginia based Mascot Books, an industry renowned publisher of beautiful self-published books. Immensely talented Canadian illustrator Marcela Vargas. Award-winning book broker and designer, Lorna Johnson, at Bay Area-based 'Lorna Johnson Print!'; Cambridge Hill Tech's Jeff Maddux of Petaluma, California who is pioneering the intersection of app technology and children's literary entertainment. And a host of talents who see Miss Thorb as the answer to making astrophysics fun for kids.
AN OUT OF THIS
The people who ensure that Too Nuts Productions, LLC is 'Creatively entertaining while covertly educating!' are made up of a gaggling of producers, writers, voiceover actors, illustrators, designers and a whole bunch of big kids who refuse to grow up. Why grow up when, as every kid knows, you get into movie theatres for half the price? And that's where the super duper really large list of reasons begin. 'Our Teacher is a Creature' is first and foremost an engaging picture book. But we're also working on the 'Miss Thorb App' that will make space exploration fun and accessible from right here on Terra Firma. That's why we decided to give you a sample of some of the voiceover work that we're developing for the 'Miss Thorb App' which is inspired by the story. Take a listen….
TRY IT NOW!
ANDROID users: Watch a UFO zip around the planet! Download the 'Our Teacher is a Creature' app by clicking the 'Get it on Google Play' button below. Point your camera at the Planet and tap the matching image on your phone. (When the book is published, funny aliens throughout the story will jump into your children's hands, too.)
iPhone users: See the technology currently in development as a 'Triaxor' walks around and jumps right into the reader's hand. (When the book is published this year, funny aliens will appear on each planet throughout the story and walk around using iPhone or Android devices.)