Neil Humphreys and Cheng Puay Koon’s “Abbie Rose” books adapted for new Ring Ring Story app designed to bring storybook characters to life

Ever imagined, as a child, being able to chat with your favourite storybook characters? Well, Ring Ring Story is an app that makes that more than just something in the imagination – it brings your child’s favourite storybook characters to life of both IOS and Android mobile devices. Among them, the Abbie Rose books by best-selling author Neil Humphreys and illustrator Cheng Puay Koon, aided by Neil’s daughter, Abbie Rose.

Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase: Picking Up a Penguin's Egg
The first Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase book, published in 2014

Ring Ring Story allows your child to “call” the main character of the storybook he/she is reading through a special coded number. The character “picks up” the call, says “hi” and then goes on to “chat” about the book and other topics, including educational facts or fun crafts, to promote a love for reading and learning that extends beyond the words on a page.

Ring Ring Story app
The Ring Ring Story adaptation of the book by Neil Humphreys and Cheng Puay Koon. It offers an extension to the book, to widen children’s knowledge about monkeys, after they have read the print book, that is!

Off course, these videocalls are not at all real but rather a series of intuitive pre-recorded videos that our young callers are watching on replay when they dial in. Through this process, Ring Ring Story aims to deepen the relationship between young children and books by imitating that real-life experience of making videocalls to the people who inspire them.

Available on both IOS and Android devices, children will also be able to create their personal videos using its rule-based engine.

This unique rule-based engine within the Ring Ring Story app is used to sequence the videos played. Each book will feature a unique sequence of pre-recorded videos depending on the rules set for each title. Think of these rules as a good lesson plan that builds up from each level to open up a world of knowledge from which the book is merely the starting point. Children may also receive a certificate of completion at the end of the programme to encourage them to push through each video to completion.

As part of this immersive experience, when children call the character on their birthday, they will be sung the happy birthday song.

Parents who are concerned about device dependency will be pleased to note that should the child call the story character past bedtime, he or she will be automatically directed to a recorded message telling him or her to go to bed and to stop using the phone.

Ring Ring Story is now officially launched with book-related content adapted from the Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase eco-adventure picture book series, , created by Neil Humphreys and Cheng Puay Koon, and published by Marshall Cavendish International (Asia).

Targeted at children aged three to seven, the main character, Abbie Rose, an engaging, inquisitive, adventurous, irreverent and occasionally cheeky girl, travels to faraway places and goes on many adventures with her friend, Billy the bear, through a magic suitcase. This popular book series – which was also developed created by Neil Humphreys as an animated series produced by Hub Media – exposes children to new destinations and environmental themes, and expand their imagination and creativity to understand the world around them.

Abbie Rose
Abbie Rose

The real Abbie Rose and her best-selling author father, Neil Humphreys, will then “chat” with young callers to help them to learn more about the endangered animals they met in the books.

As part of a bigger eco movement to help endangered wildlife, she further encourages children to make a pledge to save these animals by being more environmentally responsible. At the end of the call, the child will receive a digital “friend-of-the-animal” poster.

Neil Humphreys
Neil Humphreys

Neil Humphreys is Singapore’s best-selling author. From his popular ‘Island’ series on Singapore to his Inspector Low crime thrillers and funny children’s books,

Humphreys’ insightful works appeal to all ages. He also writes for newspapers and magazines, and remains one of Singapore’s most popular media commentators.

Cheng Puay Koon picked up a brush and painted faces and costumes from Chinese opera when she was 10. A dedicated mother of two girls who just wants her illustrations to make children smile, she’s an international best-selling author and one of Singapore’s most in-demand illustrators.

Cheng Puay Koon
Cheng Puay Koon

A national No.1 best-seller in both Singapore and Malaysia, her quirky illustrations in The Difference Between Malaysians and Singaporeans, published in 2002, captured her engaging and popular style. Her award-winning illustrations have also featured in diverse local and leading advertising agencies and MNCs.

• The Ring Ring Story adaptation of Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase is now also available as a gift set, which includes all six print books from the series, and can be purchased at | Facebook | Instagram

Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase – Official Web Site

Neil Humphreys – Official Web Site

Cheng Puay Koon – Official Web Site

Abbie Rose and the Magic Suitcase is also an animated series

The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Explorer (previously known as Star Trek Magazine) and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of "Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies" for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.

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