By Stephanie Ciccarelli
July 9, 2012
Have you recorded voice-over narration for a children's storybook app?
From time to time, I scout audiobook apps for children with the purpose of downloading them to review.
I happened to learn of Llama Llama Red Pajama on Facebook when reading through status updates and am I ever glad I did!
Hear more about the app and what brought me to it in today's VOX Daily.
Do your children, relatives or friends recognize your voice when its right in front of them?
Rosemary Watson recently downloaded a children's app that she narrated a while back called Llama Llama Red Pajama.
Rosemary shared, "I read it straight and not in character. I watched as my five year old listened to it. He liked it. I then asked if he knew who read it? Nope....not a clue. HAAAAAAAA!"
Perhaps you can relate!
Although your family and friends know your voice, they may not be able to readily identify it when separated from your person.
Llama Llama Red Pajama, written by Anna Dewdney and read by Rosemary Watson, is full of pleasant surprises. The story is about a little llama, who like most children, has difficulty falling asleep and needs one last hug and kiss goodnight from his llama mama.
The user can read the book on their own, hear it read to them in English or opt to listen to the Spanish version. There are about 25 pages you can turn through and explore.
The app was a hit with all of my kids, especially its animation. One of the kids figured out that if they stroked the characters, they made a sound! You could turn on and off a bedside table lamp, pop bubbles as mama llama washes her dishes, make the telephone ring and more. I haven't come across an audiobook app that was this interactive before and am grateful for how much it can do.
Rosemary's narration was spot on her thoughtful performance impacted me as a mom. It sounded like a story she would read to her own children which makes for a good read, especially for this genre and the demographic it serves. Rosemary's range of emotion was wonderful and struck a chord that only an experienced mother could strike.
As mentioned earlier, you could also listen to the app being read in Spanish. If you've been reading this blog for any stretch of time, you know that I have a soft spot for Spanish talent narrating children's books. The Spanish narrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama was Joanna Cardenas, a talented lady who works as an editorial assistant at Penguin Group USA.
All in all the app was thoroughly enjoyable and I would highly recommend it if you have children into apps. The Llama Llama Red Pajama app can be found in the Apple iTunes store and retails for the introductory price of $4.99.
Rosemary has just finished another app for kids that is coming out soon. The app is in the same sort of vocal style, a "mom reading to kids." She also got to sing on that one!
You might be wondering how some of these voice-over jobs come about. The cool thing about this kind of work (voice-over for apps) is that many voice talent get work by contacting the author. Rosemary did just that and also let the author know just how much she loved the book. A casual reference stating she recorded voice-overs was made and lo and behold, one year later the author called and lined Rosemary up as the narrator!
Be sure to let me know by leaving a comment here on this post!
Looking forward to hearing from you.