Early last year Finnish illustrator and toy designer Anders Sandell got in touch with me wondering if I’d like to check out his Jörgits app for The Fox Is Black. I happily did and was delighted to discover his app was a terrifically fun interactive novel for kids.
The Jörgits & the End of Winter tells the tale of the Jörgits, a group of furry aliens who travel to earth when their home planet grows too cold to live on. At the root of the tale is a message about the dangers of global warming, yet Anders never allows this to over-shadow the fun of his story. Instead he finds the perfect balance between adventure and insight; creating a story that warns children on the causes of global warming through a great host of characters and with a playful sense of mischief and adventure.
After the success of the app, Anders decided to turn to Kickstarter to adapt his story into a good old-fashioned book. It recently reached its target and now the app is a full length 250-page novel filled with great illustration and beautiful design. Anders sent me on a copy and I can tell you that he’s done a wonderful job of adapting it from screen to page!
While the first print was only available to Kickstarter-backers, a new print run of books may well be in the works. If you’re interested in finding out more you can sign up to the Jörgits mailing list, and they’ll let you know when the next batch is ready to ship.The Jorgits app can be downloaded from the Apple store website.