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Rumpelstiltskin stars in a pop-up iPad e-book

Pop-up books are great for kids. Not least because of the minutes of fun they can have ripping the pop-up bits out, and scattering them around the house. Or is that just my kids?

Anyway, Grimm’s Rumpelstiltskin aims to bring the pop-up experience – sans wanton destruction – to iPad. It claims to be the world’s ‘first fully 3D interactive pop-up book for iPad’, using a technology called PopIris, developed by Irish company Ideal Binary.

What that means is a 30-page retelling of the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin, with a mixture of text and pop-up scenes. The latter can be interacted with, tapping on characters, dragging clouds around the screen, and rotating wheels among other actions. All the while, a suitably fairytale-esque soundtrack plays in the background.

The app costs £2.99, and according to Ideal Binary, there’s an iPhone / iPod touch version on the way shortly. It’s beautifully crafted, and well worth a download – if only to keep your tiny terrors quiet while you sweep up the mountains of discarded bits from real pop-up books.

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