About Wild Fables

9 March 2011

One day, the fables came to life!

When you were a child, did you ever wish the characters in your picture books could come to life?

Now, your kids (and you) can play along with the story! Wild Fables are interactive picture books for the iPhone, iPad and iTouch.

Each Wild Fable is a retelling of an Aesop’s Fable, with original art and tons of interaction! The first three Wild Fables are:

  • The Crow and the Pitcher
  • The Fox and the Grapes
  • The Lion and the Mouse

More fables are planned, so download the Wild Fables app early and collect them all!

What do you mean, interactive?

Basically, the reader gets to play along! ¬†Rocks can be thrown around the screen, animals move as if alive, and if you irritate a sleeping lion, he’s going to react!

Realistic physics effects give the Wild Fables world life, and tilting the iPhone/iPad/iTouch will change the direction of gravity!  For a demonstration, watch this one-minute video:

We use physics-based code to make the stories interactive, and have spent a lot of time thinking about how to make the interactions the most fun they can be. We hope you like them too!

Why Aesop’s Fables?

Aesop’s fables have been told for millennia to illustrate moral values, and many of them are well-known throughout the world. Read more about Aesop and his fables here.

As kids, we loved Aesop’s fables because they featured animals, and were fun.

As adults, we like that they teach moral lessons … and feature animals. And are fun!

Is the first fable really free?

It absolutely is!

Our first fable, The Crow and the Pitcher, will be available as a free download.

We hope you’ll have as much fun reading and playing with it as we do.

The other animals and their fables will be waiting to meet you in the Wild Fables store. We plan for Wild Fables to showcase a collection of a dozen or so of Aesop’s fables.

The Creators

Ray Wenderlich

Ray Wenderlich is our programmer extraordinaire. He’s the founder of Razeware, which has already put out several popular apps like Instant Poetry and Math Ninja (a game that lets kids be a ninja while mastering arithmetic — math just got a whole lot cooler!), and runs a programming-centric blog. He likes sushi, gaming, and is a big fan of Kermit the frog.

Vicki WenderlichVicki Wenderlich is Ray’s prettier half, and our graphics goddess. When she’s not conjuring our winsome fables characters, along with whatever other art Ray and I ask for, into existence, she’s a ceramic sculpture artist and runs a ceramics-centric blog. She loves cheese, animals and long walks gabbing with her twin sister.

Andrea Coulter: that’s me! I’m Vicki’s aforementioned twin sister (yes, we’re identical), and I’m the writer of the bunch. I also work on concept and design development with Ray and Vicki, and tackle some behind-the-scenes tasks that aren’t nearly as fun to talk about as programming or art. I write novels and run a writing-centric blog under my pen name Lynn Colt. I love cheese, animals and long walks gabbing with my sister (see, I told you we were twins!).

And that’s us! We’re hoping to launch the Wild Fables app in mid- to late-March 2011. Sign up on the main page of our website to be kept in the loop!

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