ENCINITAS, Calif. — February 15, 2011 — Oceanhouse Media, Inc. and global education leader Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) today released the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed omBook™ for iOS devices. This universal app is available in Apple’s App Store for the introductory price of $2.99. The app can be used on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch for no additional charge, including special high-resolution graphics for Retina displays. Additional titles in the series will be released throughout 2011. For additional information and to listen to a sample of Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, visit www.oceanhousemedia.com/products/5LMjumpingonthebed.
“The combination of humor and rhyme encourages young readers to learn to count as each monkey learns the risks of jumping on the bed,” said Michel Kripalani, Founder and President of Oceanhouse Media. “Author Eileen Christelow’s colorful illustrations of fun-loving monkeys naturally lend themselves to a playful digital version.”
Originally published in 1989, the Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed picture book takes the popular nursery rhyme and illustrates five precocious monkeys getting ready for bed. They take a bath, brush their teeth, put on their pajamas and bid mama goodnight. However, it doesn't end there — each funny monkey jumps off the bed and bumps his head, forcing mama to repeatedly call the doctor. As the popular nursery rhyme goes, the mama called the doctor and the doctor said, “No more monkeys jumping on the bed!”
“We look forward to working with Oceanhouse Media to release the Five Little Monkeys series as digital books,” said Cheryl Cramer Toto, Senior Vice President of Business Planning and Strategy, HMH. “We love watching these well-known stories and their charming characters come to life digitally, further enhancing their appeal to young readers everywhere.”
Seven titles about the rambunctious little monkeys have sold more than four million copies across all formats. Booklist describes the series as “Pure silliness — just the kind kids like.” The eighth book, Five Little Monkeys Reading in Bed, debuts this September.
Other HMH titles available as omBooks include Tacky the Penguin and Tacky’s Christmas.
The Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed omBook has three options: Auto Play (geared toward younger readers), which plays like a movie by automatically reading and turning pages; Read to Me, which allows users to listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read; and Read It Myself, which lets users read the book in its traditional format. Additional features include original artwork, picture/word association, word highlighting, professional audio narration and scene-by-scene custom background audio.
About Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Oceanhouse Media, Inc., creators of the award-winning Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Hay House apps, have recently seen eight of their digital books reach the No. 1 rank for Paid Books on Apple’s App Store. A significant player in the iPhone and Android space, the company has an offering of over 150 apps, numerous bestsellers and proprietary technology. The company was founded in early 2009 by Michel Kripalani, formerly Director of Business Development at Autodesk and CEO of Presto Studios, developers of the hailed The Journeyman Project series and Myst III: Exile graphic video games. The company’s corporate mantra is “Creativity with Purpose”, with their focus being to uplift, educate and inspire through technology.
For more information on their products and direct links to the App Store, visit www.oceanhousemedia.com. Follow the company at http://www.facebook.com/OceanhouseMedia and http://twitter.com/OceanhouseMedia.
About Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a global education and learning company that is leading the way with innovative solutions and approaches to the challenges facing education today. The world’s largest provider of educational products and solutions for pre-K–12 learning, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt develops and delivers interactive, results-driven learning solutions that advance teacher effectiveness and student achievement. Through curricula excellence and technology innovation, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt collaborates with school districts, administrators, teachers, parents and students. Today, HMH education products and services are used by 57 million students throughout all 50 U.S. states and 120 countries. With origins dating back to 1832, the Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works and award-winning literature for adults and young readers. For more information, visit www.hmhpub.com.
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