Today sees the global launch of the e-book publication of Whale Trail – The Curse of Baron Von Barry. Published by Puffin, an imprint of Penguin Children’s, it is the first animated e-book aimed at children aged three and up featuring Willow the flying Whale, a lovable character from the bestselling app game.
Featuring narration by actor and comedian Peter Serafinowicz and music from the single “Whale Trail” by Gruff Rhys from the Super Furry Animals, readers of the e-book can either listen to the narrated story or follow Willow’s plucky tale of mystery and adventure into the darkest depths of the sea at their own pace.
In conjunction with the launch of the e-book, ustwo™ has released Whale Trail Junior, a free and simplified version of the original game designed for three to six year olds.
Whale Trail Junior is a fun and colourful game. Flying through the magical skies of the Rainbow Kingdom as either Willow or one of his friends, players must collect blubbles and stars, avoid electrified thunder clouds, and unlock nine play zones and 12 characters and costumes as they advance through the colourful zones.
Earlier this year Penguin announced it had secured the global publishing rights for all languages across digital and physical formats as well as becoming the global licensing and TV agent for Whale Trail. Penguin Children’s will actively be seeking partners ongoing in various categories including toy, apparel, accessories and stationery as well as TV and film in 2013.
Since launching in November 2011, Whale Trail has been downloaded over 1.6 million times with over a third of downloads from the US.
Download Whale Trail – The Curse of Barron Von Barry HERE
Download Whale Trail Junior HERE