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“I’ll kill monsters for you”, Santi Balmes’ magic turned into a children’s story for iOS

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Since the launch of the first model, we’ve been amazed at how young children are able to use it naturally. Thanks to this, these publications for children have enjoyed great success. Just look at the success of PlayTales in the latest MWC.

“I’ll kill monsters for you”, Santi Balmes’ magic turned into a children’s story for iOS
“I’ll kill monsters for you”, Santi Balmes’ magic turned into a children’s story for iOS

Today I will talk about a new application for iOS ( universal application for iPad and iPhone ), a children’s story that was born from a song by the Catalan group “Love of Lesbian”, called “A Day in the Park”. Written by Santi Balmes , that particular phrase that gives the book its name is very much remembered by the group’s followers: “I will kill monsters for you”, a forceful combination of words that shows the courage of someone to defend unconditionally.

Starting from that base, what we find when we open the application for the first time is a welcome that moves away from the conventional in e-books to focus on the story, the original song welcomes us and we get to know the two main characters: Martina and Marc.

A Reversible World

This story is about two children who, when night falls, are afraid of the monsters that live under their room. However, what they do not know is that in another world mirroring ours, those same monsters are also afraid of humans. The story develops by explaining to the child how to overcome these little fears , explaining to him the value of knowing the unknown. And that perhaps once discovered, everything that seems different to us is not so different from ourselves.

It is narrated in three languages: Spanish, English and Catalan . In Spanish by Santi Balmes himself, in English by Lourise Sansom and in Catalan by Lyona, who has also commissioned the illustrations for the book. Some really nice illustrations and that connect with the story immediately.

The application is not only about seeing and hearing: There are also interactive areas that the child can touch with different results. In addition, the story can be read and listened to by changing the protagonist, Marc or Martina. All in all, a beautiful story, narrated in a calm way like someone who tells a story before going to sleep, which only needs to be put in front of a child to see how he enjoys it. Best of all, many “grown-ups” will do it too.

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