The King’s Ears



  • rich, layered story about self-image and acceptance told through integral sounds, animations and interactions which will stimulate discussion and repay repeat visits
  • narration by the great comic actor, author, and director Terry Jones
  • child-controlled animation, sounds, and narration are interrelated with the words and pictures, creating a multimodal reading experience
  • judicious use of hinting makes room for close examination, puzzling, and reflection which is a natural part of how children read illustrated stories
  • tap, swipe, pinch, and drag gestures
  • Barber interactions include: practice hair-cutting on a cat, hair styling and accessorizing a pig, funny hairstyles for the king and the parrot
  • help Igor let go of a secret with exploding letters which can be dragged to spell words
  • make a magic reed flute, and play and record tunes with it.
  • egg-breaking game
  • drag the bird to hop and fly through the story
  • Embody and change the emotional states of characters through interactions


igor“The King’s Ears offers children both an enjoyable experience and a narrative challenge that will stretch their thinking. This app takes exciting risks with new forms of storytelling and invites re-reading, which is certainly an important testimonial to its effectiveness. I’m blown away by the production values.”
Professor Margaret Mackey, Author of Playing the Text: Literacies Across Media 

“An exciting story app with strong narrative verve, and subtle and humorous interactions of art, text, and technology.”
Professor Judith Saltman, Co-author of Picturing Canada: A History of Canadian Children’s Illustrated Books and Publishing 

“I am so in love with this gorgeous app!”
Aline Frederico, PhD candidate specializing in picturebook apps, Cambridge, UK

chicken“The King’s Ears is a celebration of the potential of the digital in children’s literature.”
Ernesto Peña, Design Educator, MA Information Studies, Language and Literacy Education PhD candidate

“This innovative and insightful retelling of an ancient tale invites children to playfully experience complex reading processes, including imaging, questioning, inferencing, predicting and confirming. Thank goodness for people like Rascal Media who are taking an ethical lead on the integrity of children’s literature in digital forms.”
Dr Marlene Asselin, Associate Professor of Language and Literacy Education

boy“Rascal Media has created an interesting, entertaining and well-designed story app. In my opinion the interactive elements are well integrated in the narrative, they expand and sometimes explain the story. Likewise, the various sound elements give excellent support the visual modes.”
Professor Ture Schwebs, Faculty of Education, Western Norway University of Applied Sciences

bird-flying“The flying was dead accurate … and I loved the parrot kissing the mirror. I kissed right along with it!
Two wings WAY up!”
Legolas Greenfeathers, parakeet, 2 years old