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Monday, April 27, 2015

Who Was Adventure App and More!

I recently had the chance to try out Penguin Young Readers new app, Who Was? Adventure, and I LOVE it! This fun, visually appealing, educational app will entertain both kids and adults. Read all about the app and more below...


Launching on April 13, 2015, this exciting, addicting, and, best of all, educational trivia app is the perfect challenge for children—even their parents!—to test their knowledge of some of history’s most fascinating figures. With gameplay based on classic arcade favorites , players must answer questions about everyone from Albert Einstein to Frida Kahlo to Stan Lee as their pictures fall from above. With time limits, obstructions, power-ups, and more, the game can be played in Adventure mode, with nearly 10 hours of continuous game play, or in Arcade mode, where kids can invite friends and classmates to compete against each other for endless trivia

Priced at only $1.99, this 100% child-safe, COPPA compliant app features:
  • 4,500+ questions taken from the books to put your knowledge to the test—more than some of your favorite classic trivia games.
  • 85 levels of Adventure mode; complete the tasks and collect rewards as you play.
  • Endless play in Arcade mode; try to beat your family and friends’ high scores!
  • Power-ups to improve your scoreand help you beat levels.
  • Learn before you play: timelines and facts from thebooksat the start of eachlevel.
  • Beautiful, fun design, music,and sound effects.
  • Premium game with no ads,in-app purchases, or external links

The Who Was? Adventure App was created by the awesome Makeable. Founded in 2007, Makeable is a leading  innovation company based in New York City. Makeable partners with some of the world’s most interesting and innovative companies––from the Fortune 500 and leading brands across almost every industry to high growth, venture backed start ups. . From creating and launching new businesses, to developing products and services that market themselves, to disruptive branding and marketing, Makeable designs and delivers profitable growth  by making design and technology connect . More information can be found at


Penguin Young Readers has partnered with the acclaimed educationand media group, Story Pirates, to bring schools across America a hilarious, educational performance that students and teachers alike will love! Featuring trivia from 23 titles in the Who Was…?series, this school-wide, game show-style event pits studentsagainst the show host (“The Smartest Person in the World”) to see who knows the most about fascinating people of the past and present. Visiting thousands of students in more than 20 cities across 12 states, the tour will runs from April 13 –May 15, 2015.


A companion series focusing on historically and culturally significant locations around the world, Where Is…? launched on February 5, 2015 with the simultaneous publication of Where is the White House?, Where is the Grand Canyon?, Where is the Great Wall?, and Where is Mount Rushmore?

Each Where Is…? book tells the story of a famous place, and includes fascinating trivia, such as:

  • It was the dream of George Washington to have an elegant "presidential mansion" in the capital city that was named after him—but he is the only president who never got to live there!
  • Because of the spectacular colors in its rock layers and fascinating formations of boulders, buttes, and mesas, the Grand Canyon is known as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
  • If the original Great Wall were placed in North America, it would reach from the tip of Florida all the way to the North Pole!
  • It was world-famous sculptor Gutzon Borglum's dream to carve sixty-foot-high likenesses of four presidents on a granite cliff in South Dakota. Sound like a wacky idea? Many at the time thought so!
Featuring 80 high-quality, black and whiteillustrations in each book, as well as a fold-out color map, Where Is...?titles are fantastic resources for school projects and papers, but are so entertaining, kids will read them for fun! The Where Is…? series continues on May 19, 2015, with the release of WHERE IS THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING? and WHERE IS MOUNT EVEREST?


Last spring, Grosset & Dunlap launched the Who Was…?100th book contest, allowing readers from all over the country to cast their vote at their local bookstore or online for the personality they wanted to see featured as the 100th biography in the series. The contest was a popular one, having garnered over 67,000 votes! With 14,000 votes to his name, Australian wildlife expert Steve Irwin was chosen to be the subject of the 100th book. The diverse group of runners up included religious icon Mother Teresa, the country music group Florida Georgia Line, King of Pop Michael Jackson, and Kenyan political and environmental activist Wangari Maathai. WHO WAS STEVE IRWIN? will hit shelves on May 19, 2015


Brenda said...

These Who Was books are a wonderful series and so so informative in a fun engaging way. We used these for a research project at school and I love the diversity of people that they pick for each book. I haven't tried the App, but it does sound interesting. Thanks for the info.

Unknown said...

I have several of the books in that series and downloaded the app. The books are great and the app is a lot of fun.