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ELO 2015: The End(s) of Electronic Literature

Moomin, Mymble and Little My

Tove Jansson - Spinfy/WSOY (Finland)

Kid E-Lit Exhibition
Tuesday, August 4 • 17:30 - 19:00 (Bergen Public Library)

Tove Jansson’s classic Moomin, Mymble and Little My (1952) is a picture book where each page has a cut-out hole that allows readers to peek through to the next page. The story is written in rhyming verse and is strongly based on anticipation: What will happen next to the Moomintroll on his trip to fill the milk churn? The iPad application based on the book was created by Spinfy, and published by WSOY in 2012. It has been translated into several languages, is claimed to be the best selling kid lit application in Finland, Norway and Sweden. The user can either read the text or listen to an audio recording. The cut-out holes of the original book are partially mimicked in the application, and interaction has three modes: tapping on the images launches small animations, often with related sound effects; turning the tablet device makes some of the picture elements swing or slide; and swiping at the edge of the screen allows one to turn pages.


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