Earlier this year, I got an out-of-the-blue email from a guy named Shawn Currie. He and his wife had recently launched Lookio Books, a new publisher of custom, handcrafted, one-of-a-kind children's books. In addition to practically being neighbors here in the area far North of Chicago, it turned out that Shawn is also a fellow "Rock Father" - the former keyboardist for The Blank Theory - a band that had a couple of hits back when I was still pushing records with Sam Goody (a lifetime ago). After chatting about mutual friends and shifting focus from music to kids, Shawn let me test-drive the Lookio System.
For someone that doesn't have an iPad or tablet, I sure do cover a lot of App-related stuff here on The Rock Father. Why? Because so many of you are rockin' those digital devices with your little ones! If you're an iPad user and are looking for a cool last-minute Mother's Day Gift, the folks at Storypanda have a neat idea: You can make a custom digital storybook with their Apps for FREE through Sunday night. Regularly priced at $1.99 & $2.99, six of their book Apps have been marked to $0. When they hit me with the info on it tonight, they said it was "So Easy a Cat Can Do It." Check out the video below to see how Storypanda works...
It's not every day that I get an offer to review something that's available exclusively in the UK and Ireland, but that's just what happened when the folks at Eaglemoss Collections asked me to check out the first couple installments of their new MARVEL FACT FILES collection. Back in March (I've been busy), a package arrived at Rock Father HQ near Chicago via Royal Airmail, and while it's taken me a bit to share some thoughts, I dug in right away. In fact, with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY having taken place this weekend, and IRON MAN 3 in theaters now, this might be the perfect time to discuss this.
Disney Publishing Worldwide hit The Rock Father with some exciting news for tech-savvy kids and the parents who let them use their iPads: Disney Junior magazine now has an enhanced digital edition for the iPad and iPad Mini, available now on the Apple Newsstand. Building upon the success of the Disney Junior programming (88 million viewers worldwide) Disney Junior magazine has been available in-print alongside Disney Princess, Disney·Pixar Cars, Disney Fairies, Phineas & Ferb, and Marvel Super Heroes. Now, as the first digital mag from Disney, young readers can experience the content in new, interactive ways.
When I was a kid, what was then-known as The Guinness Book of World Records was a big deal. I still remember thumbing through the massive copies that were held in my parent's collection, discovering oddities and being captivated by accomplishments that I could barely imagine in an early-1980s pre-internet world. While I've had a few specialty hardcover editions come through my hands over the years, it's been awhile since I'd checked one out, so when the folks at GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS asked if I'd like to take a peek at their Guinness World Records 2013 Gamer's Edition, I had to accept the offer. After all, I might be The Rock Father now, but I still have an original NES Power Glove in my garage.