A creative tinkerer, Axel Jansen struggles to connect with his classmates and get them to see past the fidgety, distracted, clumsy boy they think he is.

Inspired by the work of Kinetic artists, the third-grader resolves to build a moving insect to show everyone at school what he’s capable of...

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"This title is filled with polished animation and top-notch interactivity (...) nearly all of the enhancements add to or reinforce the storyline. Children will love the variety of ways to engage with this story, including extras that show how to build three projects(...) Overall, this is a terrific and unique title (...) The story has great messages about learning to make the most out of our unique talents, sticking with a project and standing up to bullying. It will even resonate with kids and families dealing with special needs. Filled with educational enhancements and a host of other extras, Axel's Chain Reaction is an engaging blend of fiction and non-fiction, with extension activities designed for inspiration."
Carisa Kluver, Digital Storytime. - See more at: Digital-Storytime.com

Book App Features

  • Allows for different levels of reader immersion.
  • Some of your interactions are needed to make the story progress.
  • Play a creation mini-game inside the story.
  • Hey, you’re There… At the end of the story! Do you want to see Axel being silly..
  • Optional settings.
  • 3D open-ended game.
  • Hands-on activities.
  • Biographies and Glossary.

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This is what they say

"Axel’s Chain Reaction is well written and provides multiple avenues to explore in a classroom, including a nonfiction investigation of kinetic art and opportunities for use in character education programs. The illustrations by Mónica Armiño are attractive, bright, and visually engaging. The book incorporates a number of interactive elements. For example, gestures such as shaking, pinching, and tilting are required to advance the storyline. There are embedded videos, frequent animations, and an open-ended creation activity where students can build bugs out of household “junk. (...) Overall, an engaging story with lots of quality interactive features."
School Library Journal, See more at: href="http://www.slj.com/2014/02/reviews/apps/touch-and-go/axels-chain-reaction-touch-and-go/

"Axel is a boy that many, many children will find close to their own hearts. A large percentage of today's students have skills that are overlooked in a traditional classroom, and these readers will be happy to meet a protagonist they can relate to. The illustrations are appealing, and the interactivity of the book sometimes directly moves the plot along and allows the reader to become involved in Axel's designs, encouraging exploration with found objects both within the context of the story and in real life. (...) The outcome of the story will appeal strongly to non-traditional learners, most of whom also have many talents just waiting to be discovered."
Parent's Choice Gold Award, Spring 2014 Mobile Apps. - See more at: http://parents-choice.org/product.cfm?product_id=32398&StepNum=1&award=aw

"Science education professors and college exceptional education professors; pre-service science teachers; fourth–sixth grade students, and this reviewer, all gave the app more than a “thumbs–up” for all kinds of reasons (...) money well spent on an app that delivers so much to so many. Actually, once you start the book, it is difficult to put down because it is not only fun, but also each time you read it you learn more and more. Any person that uses an iPhone or iPad, in school or at home, would be fortunate to have this app."
National Science Teachers Association - See more at: http://www.nsta.org/recommends/ViewProduct.aspx?ProductID=21863

"Axel's Chain Reaction "mesmerized every group of students we shared it with. It delightfully conveys a powerful and poignant message to the youth of today – don’t give up! (...) Teachers are going to love sharing this app time after time, and so will parents.(...) This app has more than character education going for it, there are many opportunities for children to participate in a variety of educational processes throughout the story, as well as extension activities at the end that provide hands-on projects for kids to build. Creativity is celebrated, science is explored (...) and a non-fiction component gives an overview of several kinetic artists' works, including a video."
Teachers With Apps, November 24, 2013. - See more at: http://teacherswithapps.com/app_reviews-axels-chain-reaction/

"Within the story itself, readers help Axel along his adventures as he creates his own kinetic masterpieces (from helping him unglue his fingers to helping him design his creations). Actions and movements required go beyond the simple click and drag – requiring users to use a variety of fine motor movements (finger-to-thumb opposition, bilateral coordination, wrist rotation, etc – an OT’s dream.) My testers enjoyed reading and watching the story over and over. It opened up conversations with my older students about accepting other’s differences and recognizing that everyone has something special to offer. It also was reassuring to some of my students like Axel – helping them see that everyone has a special talent to share. My youngest students loved activating the sparkling hint buttons and watching the moving kinetic art – I have to admit, I was mesmerized by the rhythm and pattern too."
The iMums, November 26, 2013 - See more at: http://www.theimum.com/2013/11/axels-chain-reaction-by-allison-pomenta-and-cubic-jigsaw-review/

"The story really is sweet, and the graphics are great. The interactions interspersed throughout the pages are creative and unique. Some of them are actually required to make the story advance, and all of them are cued by a sparkly green prompt. There are some great extension activities included in the app, too (...) Overall, the story is absolutely wonderful for kids like Axel (…) Reading a book with such a positive spin on Axel, as well as learning about chain reactions, provides encouragement for kids to keep trying, even when it gets hard."
Heather H., Smart Apps for Kids, October 1, 2013

"First and foremost, it’s a great story, nicely written(...) with most of the features I look for in a good book app – the artwork is delightful, the music is fun and very much in keeping with the content, the extras add a lot to the app and the narration is sharp and well done. (...) I particularly appreciate that art is a big focus of this app (...) but because the story demonstrates the transformative power of art – it can turn challenges into strengths, provide a means of expression for those who can’t always express themselves verbally and create community, understanding and common ground among people who otherwise find it hard to communicate with each other."
Deanne Shoyer, Small But Kinda Mighty, and The Appy Ladies. - See more at: http://theappyladies.com/axels-chain-reaction