eggmaniaAs former educator Sherry Maysonave sees more and more children flocking to digital platforms, she also sees room to leverage such devices for educational entertainment. To more effectively reach and educate digitally connected kids, Maysonave has launched ManiaTales, an e-book series focusing on the combination of interactive storytelling and lexical humor to entertain children while also developing their language skills and stimulating imagination and creativity.

Maysonave and her business partner, Stephen, who is also her husband, created ManiaTales through their company, Empowerment Productions. Integrating “interactive imagination” and phonetic word plays, ManiaTales aims to engage children with words and illustrations through technology.

Along with unveiling ManiaTales, Maysonave and her husband today launched the first e-book in the series, EggMania: Where is the Egg in Exactly?, written to entertain children ages 6-12 growing up in a digital world.

EggMania sends kids on an interactive adventure with a boy who keeps hearing mispronunciations of the word “exactly” as “eggzactly.” In his quest to find the “egg,” he searches the world and meets unusual creatures who help him discover the importance of speaking correctly.

Available now on the Apple iBookstore for iOS devices, the e-book includes more than 100 advanced vocabulary words and definitions, 97 pages of original art, narration with sound effects, animation, tongue-twisting rhymes and a hunt-and-find game with over 170 fun facts.

The ManiaTales series is illustrated by Denise Caliva, artist and owner of Caliva Arts. EggMania was produced by Austin-based eBook Architects, a Firebrand Technologies company.

The next book in the ManiaTales series, EarMania: Where’s the Ear in Regardless?, will be released in the fall of 2013.

View the EggMania trailer below:


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