New release: Timo and the Magical Picture Book

We just released an interactive picture book for iPad.

Title: Timo and the Magical Picture Book

Price: $ 4,99, visite the App Store

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Timo receives a picture book made by his Uncle Nick. It’s a very special book, because once you open it, you will be inside it. But you’re not supposed to shake the book, otherwise everything will get completely mixed up.

A truly amazing and hilarious app, which you won’t resist shaking! The app starts with beautiful animations you can swipe through. As soon as Timo is inside the magical picture book, you can manipulate the pages by shaking your iPad, blowing into its microphone, and touching page elements. When Timo and his family fall out of the magical picture book into the living room you can enjoy the animations again.


  • Story by Rian Visser, author of more than 50 children’s books. She also writes stories for Sesame Street.
  • Appealing illustrations by Belgian illustrator Klaas Verplancke, winner of the prestigious Bologna Ragazzi Award 2001 and many other awards.
  • 10 full animations, interactive elements like shake, turn, swipe, tap, draw and blow. Special sound effects and narration.
  • Blow into the iPad’s microphone and make Timo grow as big as a balloon!

Presentation about creating the app

Apart from the app we made a presentation about how the app was created. This presentation (pdf) can be used on an interactive whiteboard and is especially fun for children to understand how a paper book is transformed into an interactive app. Download for free!


Timo and the Magical Picture Book, original title: Timo en het toverboek, was first published as a picture book by Gottmer Publishers in 2004 and as iPad app in 2010 by Books2download

© Text and concept: Rian Visser

© Illustrations: Klaas Verplancke,


App development: Appsmakers,

Production: Bert Vegelien

English translation: Jo Hughes

Dutch voice: Siebe Meijer

English voice: John Chapman

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