Announcing StoryBots Starring You StoryBooks!

Today marks the official release of StoryBots™ Starring You® StoryBooks, our update to JibJab Jr.® Books. As you heard last month, this transition was just around the corner and we’re thrilled to finally have it in your hands – or App Store!

Make like a bunny and hop over there to update JibJab Jr. Books and enjoy all the goodies StoryBooks has to offer, including all the books your kids have grown to love, super-fast loading times, an improved home screen, and animations at the end of each book. Our kids love it. We think your kids will, too!

Lastly, the StoryBots world isn’t limited to the iPad. At StoryBots.com, your child can star in videos set to classic songs, learn the alphabet with the ABC Jamboree, or go offline with printable activity sheets. Cool, huh?

Happy learning!

 

 

 

Evan & Gregg Spiridellis
StoryBots Co-founders, Brothers & Dads

The Big Race Crosses the Finish Line

Start your engines for the release of our next book, The Big Race!  In our September release, your child is the driver of car number 1 and speeds along the race track to be the first to cross the finish line, but trouble arises with Skeeter the Cheater. Will your child win the big race?

Check out the full book preview and a few of the animated pages here. To download “The Big Race,” visit the JibJab Jr.Books app on iTunes.

About the Artists

Alex Chechik grew up in Toronto, Canada and studied animation at Sheridan College in Ontario. His favorite book as a kid was The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess, and his favorite artist today is Gustav Klimt. As a kid he would wander off to explore the city by myself and not tell anyone. The worry turned his parents’ hair grey. Alex’s work can also be found at www.alexchechik.com.

Nate SwinehartNate Swinehart rode in from the rugged wilds of Columbus, Ohio with a tablet pen in his left hand and a Rock Band mic in his right. He was raised by a family of athletes but studied animation, illustration and theater. After sampling the living conditions of Japan, Alaska and the marshes of Savannah, he happily acclimated to JibJab headquarters in Venice Beach. Nate enjoys video games, playing piano and singing, loudly. He’s the proud uncle of four, and excited to make cool stories for them.

 

 

Sneak Peek into Our Upcoming App Update!

Greetings JibJab Jr. fans!

The rumors are true!  JibJab Jr. Books will soon become Starring You StoryBooks. Don’t worry…it will still have all the books your kids love, but it will look different and load a ton faster.  

My brother and I are thrilled to give you this behind the scenes look into the update we submitted to Apple recently and that we hope to have approved and available to you in September.

Here’s what’s changing (and what’s not)…

BOOKS: The books your kids love will not change one iota. You will have all of the books you currently have access to and we will continue to roll out a new book every month. Our pipeline of new books looks amazing and we can’t wait to share them with you!

BRAND: While no one loves the JibJab brand more than us (heck, we invented it) we have decided to roll JibJab Jr. into our new children’s initiative called StoryBots. After the update, the name of the app will change to “Starring You StoryBooks” (which we think better describes the product).

SPEED: Our technology team spent weeks digging into the initial code that was written for the app and have optimized the heck out of it. The result? The app is blazing fast compared to the current version. A lot of the pauses that used to happen in the experience while you were waiting for things to load now happen in the background so the app, overall, is more responsive.

LOADING SCREEN: After the app loads, a super fun intro animation will ease you and your kids into the StoryBots world. Check it out!



HOME SCREEN: While the existing app only fully featured one book on the carousel that wraps around the globe, our new home screen was designed to really showcase all of the books. Having used the new app to read to our kids for the past few weeks while in testing mode we have found that it has greatly increased the variety of the books they want to read at night. That makes the bedtime reading experience more fun for us as well. Here’s the new home screen:

ENDING ANIMATION:  Last, but certainly not least, one of the things that always bugged my brother and I about the existing app was how suddenly the books ended. It was jarring and unpleasant and did nothing to ease us into the inevitable shut down of the iPad and telling our kids it’s time to go to sleep. In the app update, which you will all have soon, we take a much softer approach with a beautifully animated transition from the last page of each book back to the home screen. Hopefully the little guy will get your kids yawning just like it gets our kids yawning – and us too!



That’s all for now. We will let you know as soon as the updated app hits the iTunes store so you can download it and start experiencing all the new, exciting, speedier goodness for yourself (and your kids).

As always, thank you for your support and feedback – and if you have any questions or comments please let us know in the comments below or email us at jibjabjrhelp@jibjab.net. You can also reach us on our new StoryBots Facebook page.

Evan & Gregg Spiridellis
Co-founders, Brothers & Dads