Amazon Rapids Offers Readers Ages 5-12 Illustrated Short Stories that
Come to Life Just Like a Screenplay
Amazon Studios Joins Signature Stories, Bringing Characters and Voice
Talent from TV Shows Danger & Eggs and Niko and the Sword
of Light to Amazon Rapids – Including Stories Read by Aidy Bryant
and Tom Kenny
Parents Can Give Kids Unlimited Access to Hundreds of Short Stories for
Just $2.99 per Month
SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 18, 2017--
(NASDAQ: AMZN) — In advance of Comic-Con International 2017 in San
Diego, Amazon Rapids announced the launch of Signature Stories, a new
program bringing the characters kids already know and love to original
short stories on its app. Designed for readers ages 5-12, Amazon Rapids’
illustrated short stories come to life through characters conversing,
just like a screenplay. Amazon Studios is the first to join Signature
Stories, bringing new stories from children’s TV shows, Niko and the
Sword of Light and Danger & Eggs, to the app. Starting
today, kids can read along with some of their favorite characters and
celebrity voice talent including Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
in Danger & Eggs and Tom Kenny (SpongeBob SquarePants)
in Niko and the Sword of Light. These original stories are
authored by the shows’ writers and give a glimpse into unique adventures
that take place beyond the TV series storylines.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off Signature Stories and are
thrilled to be teaming up with great talent such as Aidy Bryant and Tom
Kenny,” said Michael Robinson, Director of Consumer Products for Amazon
Education. “We’re always looking for ways to help kids develop a love of
reading and we’re looking forward to bringing on new brands, new
characters, and new voices to Amazon Rapids over the coming months.”
Danger & Eggs follows the endless adventures of a fearless,
teal-haired future stuntwoman, D.D. Danger, and her ever-cautious best
friend, a giant, talking egg, named Phillip. As the daughter of a
world-renowned daredevil, D.D. is always chasing her next big thrill.
Niko and the Sword of Light follows 10-year-old Niko who is the
last of his kind in a strange, fantastical world. He must embark on an
epic quest to defeat the darkness and bring the light back to his land.
Armed with his magic sword, brave Niko journeys to the Cursed Volcano,
making new friends and powerful foes along the way, all while uncovering
secrets about his mysterious past.
“We're excited for kids to connect with our characters in new ways as
they tag along on epic adventures together while reading on Amazon
Rapids," said Tara Sorensen, Head of Kids Programming at Amazon Studios.
"Both pilot episodes were popular among viewers and we’re thrilled that
the shows’ quirky, engaging storylines and humor can help inspire kids
Amazon Rapids is available for iOS, Android and Amazon Fire devices.
Parents who sign up now can subscribe at an introductory price of $2.99
per month to give their kids unlimited access to short stories. Parents
can start a free two-week trial at http://rapids.amazon.com.
Key Amazon Rapids features include:
Read Along Mode — Kids can listen to voice actors read their
favorite stories while following along with words highlighting as the
Tap to Say & Built-in glossary — Kids can simply tap a word
to hear its pronunciation or hold the word to see its definition. Each
time kids look up a word, it is automatically added to their personal
glossary for easy reference.
New Stories every week — Kids can explore an expanding library
of hundreds of titles spanning adventure, fantasy, humor, mystery,
science fiction and sports, with new stories added weekly.
Age-appropriate content — All content is thoughtfully edited to
be appropriate for kids ages 5-12.
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