‘Stampy the Wizard and the Lost Wand’ is a new interactive story book App from Red Chain Games and Hairy Kow Design. Featuring a charming rhyming story, with colourful interactive images made from plasticine and including jigsaws and secrets, it’s a must for anyone wanting to entertain children and get them interested in reading.
Aimed at 3-7 year olds, the story follows Stampy, a grumpy, old Wizard. Woken up by a noisy bird, Stampy decides to teach him a lesson but can’t find his wand. Too angry to notice where the wand has fallen, he marches off around the village to look for it. Whenever Stampy loses his temper he accidently unleashes magic, with hilarious results.
All the characters are modelled from plasticine and the scenery is handmade from a variety of craft supplies and household items. Combined with the technology of touchscreen devices, the result is a story that children can actively engage with, either with an adult or on their own.
Created by Vanessa Brister, the book is a result of a lifelong ambition to write, and a love of stop-motion animation. Explaining why she chose to publish in a digital format, Vanessa said: "Having a young child, I always keep something with me to keep her entertained. Having a bagful of options isn’t always practical so I’m always looking for engaging apps to load on my tablet or phone. Interactive books work well as we can enjoy them together and as she’s got older she can enjoy them on her own. It felt a natural direction to go in with my own story."