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December 19, 2013

Town Talk

Kids book author scores app

That adorable Jack Russell terrier who stars in the Mr. Pish children’s books — and has Andover roots — now has an app available.

TinyTap, an app developer in Israel, approached author K.S. “Kit” Brooks after noticing the precious pooch’s knack for getting kids interested in learning about the world around them. The developer is now under contract to create educational games based on Brooks’ popular Mr. Pish books.

“Mr. Pish Goes to the Farm” is the first book in the series to have a companion app released. With an Apple or Droid touchscreen, kids can listen to farm animal sounds, answer fun questions and interact with the story. Within one week of its release, the game had been played more than 1,100 times.

“This is an incredible opportunity for Mr. Pish’s message of outdoor learning and literacy to reach an entirely new audience,” Brooks said in a release.

Brooks, a 1981 graduate of Andover High School, tells Mr. Pish’s travel stories through postcards. The award-winning novelist and photographer grew up in Andover, then went on to live in Methuen, Lowell and Dracut. For more, visit www.KSBrooks.com.

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