A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution… Visual Thoughts Wonders Without Words

Have you heard of Richard McLean? He’s an amazing author, artist and creative mind who channels his experiences studying psychology, delving deep into his personal experiences to share epiphanies and enlightenment with others through art.

Richard has taken his collections of art and presented them in an iBook called “A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution…art;

For just $11.99, you can own a digital copy of this book and access it on any of your iOS devices using your iBook account. Easy to download, it works just as any other book would in iBooks. You can jump to particular pages, or just swipe your way through, back and forth. What’s really nice is if you want to bookmark particular pages of interest or pages you really like and wish to share later, you can do that.

The collection that Richard has compiled in this book ranges from urban landscapes to simple stills common in everyday life. Consumers of this book and those who are knowledgeable of Richard McLean will notice how he has organized the sequence of his art to match how he worked through and incorporated evolving ideas for his PhD dissertation.

A Certain Beauty in Un-resolution

This latest version of the iBook has additional pieces added to the book and has improved on the resolution, making the enjoyment and viewing of each page clearer and more engaging. Each piece tells a story and they all come together to create a sense of what it means to be a human. What do we go through. What do we sense and how to we cope with what is around us.

Every page fills one’s mind with questions and ideas that help us make sense of some things and may even help us question others, so that we can improve in areas that may not be 100%. Every reader will get something different when immersing themselves in this book. That is the point of art. Art says different things to different people, and this book is Richard’s way of sharing his thoughts and feelings so we can create our own ideas.

There really is no trick to using this book in iBooks. You can swipe your way through it however which way you wish.

What would be nice is to upload and send a page to a friend to share it. It could be something inspiring. It could be something uplifting. It could be just about anything.

I would highly recommend downloading this iBook if you are big fan of art that is simple, yet speaks loudly.

Grogan the Grateful Monster Teaches How to Read and More

Every so often a book comes along that is meant to educate and help kids, not just on a “learn to read” level, but a deeper level that instills something that stays for life. One such book is “Grogan the Grateful Monster: What Do You Love?”

This book was written from the mindset of a man who is a scholar specializing in child psychology. He knows what’s going on in children’s minds and has dedicated some of his creations to making materials that help kids learn and grow.

Grogan the Grateful is an interactive iBook that helps kids learn how to read, and sends a meaningful message at the same time. Grogan is a baby monster. Once he hatches he starts to wonder and observe and learn. He begins to learn that there are so many wonderful things in the world and that they make this world a wonderful place to be in. He teaches the art of being grateful and happy for what’s around us.

Downloading the book requires use of iOS iBooks. It costs just $0.99 to download, but provides kids with a sense of accomplishment when they gradually learn sounds, words and how they come together to make a sentence.

You navigate through the book by swiping on the page, backward or forward. In various locations on each page, you’ll see a small icon for sound. This allows kids to tap on it and hear the sentence. So, kids can read on their own or just listen. If they are learning to read, they can say the sentence out loud and listen to see if they got it correct.

Another neat feature in this book is the ability to make notes in the book as you read. You can select as much text as you want. You tap on a word and extend the selection area as far as you want. Then you tap on the Note icon.

The book itself it very simple, as it should be. The illustrations are magical and enticing. They make kids want to turn the page and read more. Each character is unique in its own way, which stresses the idea of different is normal. We all are different and we all have our own characteristics, making the world an even better place to be in.

What’s even nicer about the book is that 25% of its proceeds goes towards a children’s hospital. It’s a win- win for so many.

What I would like to have seen in this interactive book is having each word light up as it’s being read by the app. That would really be a great starter for kids just learning to read. It connects the sound of the word with the appearance of the word.

Hopefully, we can see some small updates to the book sometime in the future, but until then, if you are looking for a book that helps children learn to read while offering them a bountiful chest of good feelings, then Grogan the Grateful Monster: What Do You Love? is a must to download.