“Wise and witty, even Snicket-y… Truly impressive.
…Fantasy readers who love to explore will have days or weeks of entrancing material to obsess over.”
— star review, Kirkus Reviews
Discover the mystery
of the barbershop.
Roland Bartholomew Dexter the Third’s whole life has been about routine and rules. Every day he wakes up, studies the books in his family’s library, sweeps the floor of his family’s barber shop, and goes to sleep.
The barber shop has only one customer–a creepy old relative named Mr. Puddlewick—so his family is very poor. So poor, in fact, that they use hair for almost everything. They wear hair clothes and sleep in hair hammocks. Roland suspects that they may even be eating it.
Night after night, Roland dreams of an outside world he’s never seen. Day after day, nothing ever changes. Until one day a little girl appears at his window, and together they discover that the barber shop is full of secrets, and that the town outside his window is quite unusual indeed.
“Loose Strands sets the gold-standard for non-linear and user-controlled storytelling.”
— Digital Storytime
“The ultimate interactive reading app… gorgeous. 9/10″
Loose Strands is an interactive novel unlike anything you’ve ever read or played.
It’s up to you to:
Control the action
You decide what Roland does next.
Keep Roland out of danger
Follow clues as you choose which trails are worth pursuing.
See the consequences of your choices
What you do now affects what you can do later.
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News and Notes
The “interactivity is killing narrative” debate is, well, kind of silly.
At The Children’s Bookseller’s Conference in London, book critic and author Nicolette Jones sparked a debate when she mentioned her reservations about “the kind of apps that replace a book.” (I wasn’t there, but her comments were covered in The Guardian, and in responses by publishers like Nosy Crow.) “I’ve never seen a picture book-app that does something that a book doesn’t do better,” she said.
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Two more great reviews! “Loose Strands sets the gold-standard for non-linear and user-controlled storytelling,” says Digital Storytime. “The perfect app for reluctant readers.”
We were also named to DigitalMediaDiet.com‘s “Best of the Best” list for 2014!
Loose Strands‘ first “official” review is in, and it’s a starred review on Kirkus! They called the writing “wise and witty, even Snicket-y”, the material “entrancing”, and the way we’ve blended the interactive experience into a deep narrative “truly impressive”. (Kirkus Reviews is a US-based book review publication that’s been around since the 1930s.) Read the full review here.
Every week, The iPhone Mom picks out 10 great kids’ apps. This week, they included Loose Strands! Read the list here.