Children’s media company Yummico, co-founded by Blue’s Clues creator Traci Paige Johnson and film producer Caroline Baron, is launching a new preschool series called The Adventures of Ash & Ollie with an e-book enhanced with animation and interactive games, available in September for iOS and Android.
The series features the adventures of two mischievous brothers and uses visual storytelling and physical comedy to frame preschool-friendly stories focused on social, emotional and behavioral skills as well as life lessons and childhood development issues including sleep, sibling rivalry, following rules, understanding feelings, etc. Each ordinary day develops into an imaginative exploration for Ash and Ollie.
The debut release is an enhanced e-book titles Screen Time, written by Baron and illustrated by Paige Johnson, which tackles the issue of kids’ computer, tablet and smarthphone usage. Produced in collaboration with kids’ mobile learning and entertainment network Fingerprint, the story sees Ash and Ollie eager to play games on Daddy’s phone or the computer and learning the rules of usage—they do their chores before playing, and leave time in the day for play with other kids. The e-book features animation and games with page turn animation and touch and swipe interactions.