South African born primary school teacher Anita Pouroulis has written four children’s titles that have been published by Digital Leaf in the UK. Pancake Pandemonium, Mum’s Cronky Car, Oh, What a Tangle! and My Monster Mayhem are set to be launched in South Africa in April.
Digital Leaf is also producing Pouroulis’ books as animated, interactive apps for a variety of electronic devices. The first of the apps,‘Pancake Pandemonium’ is available from the App Store and the Google Play store. It includes puzzles and games as an interactive experience for children.
Anita, a former primary school teacher in her hometown of Johannesburg, South Africa, and in London, has written four great, rhyming, read aloud adventures about little kids with big dreams. These kids are brainy and brave and they’re going to change the world…if they can find their trainers! (Damn that Limbobo!)
Each of the books has been brilliantly illustrated by a different artist and the result is a riot of rainbow colours and comic flair as the kids take on Mums, Dads, and a few messy monsters, and pancakes, clothes – even cars – come flying off the page. There’s some scary stuff in My Monster Mayhem too!
These are characters that all children aged 4-7 are going to fall in love with!
Pancake Pandemonium, illustrations by Tom Bonson
A little girl loves pancakes. When her Mum is too busy to make them one day, she won’t take ‘no’ for an answer…although she ends up wishing she had!
Mum’s Cronky Car, illustrations by Jon Lycett-Smith
A young girl and her brother nearly die with embarrassment every time their Mum drives them to school in her old ‘Cronky’ car. Then one day, the ‘Cronk’ does something unbelievable and their adventures together begin.
Oh What A Tangle!, illustrations by Monika Filipina Trzpil
A young girl can’t be bothered to brush her hair. Unbrushed and unloved it soon becomes one big barnet that is full of surprises, and that’s not all!
My Monster Mayhem, illustrations by Sholto Walker
A little girl keeps getting into trouble with her Mum, but it’s not her that leaves the lights on in every room or clothes all over the floor. She’s doing battle with a mob of monsters who just want to have a little bit of fun!
Anita’s books and apps come complete with puzzles and games providing interactive entertainment for children at many levels. There are surprising details on every page and there’s always extra fun to be had as the kids try to find and count the missing items in the scenes; frying pans in Pancake, for example, or hidden hairbrushes in Oh, What A Tangle.
Anita has worked closely with the app developers and says she has been ‘delighted and amazed by the whole experience.’ She says ‘all the stories are her favourite’ but admits that she is rather fond of Mum’s Cronky Car which is based on her childhood memories of her Mum’s own car, a real rustbucket they called the ‘Cronk’.
Digital Leaf co-founder Neil Jeffries, said ‘as soon as we met Anita we knew we wanted to work with her. ‘Anita’s characters see magic, mystery and humour, in everything around them. Her stories talk to children about the power of their imaginations. She shows them that their dreams can become a reality,’ Mr Jeffries said, ‘and we want all children to be a part of that.’
- Pancake Pandemonium by Anita Pouroulis
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