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Once Upon an Island [Kindle Edition]

D M Potter
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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    Book Description

    Once Upon an Island – next generation story telling.

    Remember those old pick a path books where you flipped back and forth through the book?
    Well this is better! No more turning pages back and forth. Links take you right to the next part of the story!

    You have been invited to New Zealand to stay on a beautiful island. Right from the start you get to pick what happens. Watch out. Not every path is safe. You could be dragged to the bottom of the sea by a giant squid, go back in time, get kidnapped by pirates and a whole lot more. If you survive there are rich rewards.
    Good luck. You’ll need it.

    Product Details

    • File Size: 197 KB
    • Publisher: Fairytale Factory NZ ltd (December 29, 2013)
    • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
    • Language: English
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #355,374 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Kindle Edition
    There is one word for this highly original book. Fun! I'm years away from childhood but I so enjoyed playing this game. At the end of each short chapter the reader is given two options. Choose one and off you go, on your own special adventure, making choices all the way. I went back and tried out everything. At least I THINK I tried all the options. 'Once upon an Island' is full of surprises, none of which I'm going to reveal. I might just mention the rock ..... no, no, I musn't, you'll have to find out for yourself. I did laugh at what happens if you choose not to go to the island. And if you didn't get into the boat... oops no, I don't want to spoil the fun.

    This would be an ideal book to keep kids happy on a long journey, or if they have to rest in bed or at any time! D.M. Potter must have worked incredibly hard to create this magical maze of stories. Everything flows easily from one exciting event to the next. Highly recommended.
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    13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    By Irene
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    A book that makes the most of what your kindle can do. The story becomes readers own as they make choices which progress the story . There is also a chance to return and make different choices when the first reading is finished. Innovative, imaginative and well written.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Another Fun D M Potter Book June 2, 2014
    By Zapple
    Format:Kindle Edition
    My slugs and I had previously read D M Potter's In the Magician's House and Once Upon an Island follows the same formula of interactivity. This is fun, intriguing and with a little bit of history and geography about New Zealand thrown in too - not so much that my brain might explode. Unlike last time with In the Magician's House I actually made it to the end and got to meet a certain Captain and then was able to decide my own fate. I think children will love it, my slugs did, and I can recommend it if you're looking for something a little different and challenging for your 7 - 11 year olds.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Bedtime Adventure! April 28, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    Once Upon An Island is the perfect bedtime read if you dream of going on adventures. And as we all know, I love a good adventure. D.M Potter's book is unique and creative because a combines an older concept (a choose your own adventure) book with a newer concept (the eBook)

    This is actually better than the traditional choose-your-own-adventure, because instead of having to flip to a certain page, you are presented with two links.

    You can take option one.

    Or you can take option two.

    In this book you travel to an island called Arapawa, and if you're not careful, you may even end up going back in time. There are fun twists at every corner, so definitely check this book out.

    Unlike other books, I find myself reading Once Upon An Island a lot, because each time you read the book you can have a different adventure.

    D.M Potter's brilliant writing makes you feel like you are really there. She has a style that is all her own.

    This book is definitely top shelf!

    ***This book was featured on Destiny's Book Dig Up and is a winner of the unofficial Top Shelf Book Award***
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Interactive adventure for kids February 17, 2014
    Format:Kindle Edition
    "Once Upon an Island" by D M Potter was my first experience with an interactive book and I found it surprisingly easy to figure out and great fun. Although I was worried that I might miss some very good storylines if I followed the wrong path the options took me to some exciting places and through the participation I felt much more part of the story than I thought. I might become a fan of the concept after all.

    Only I cannot tell you what I experienced personally, you have to take the journey yourselves. As the title implies the story takes place on the sea and involves great adventures.
    This is a fun read that also gives you the option to go back to the story and experience a slightly different adventure and maybe even outcome?

    Great fun for readers aged nine and above.
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant pick a path story! A must buy! February 15, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    I am a 13 year old boy reading this on my mums kindle and I found this book fun and entertaining. Its one of the best pick your own path books I have ever read and I have read heaps of them. I love the detail of the characters Max and Stella. I have read every ending and all of them are interesting and fun. But on the kindle, something that would make it even better was the option to go back to your last choice. Because if I get an ending, I would like to go back to the last decision and make the other choice. But instead I have to start again and swipe through all the pages to get to that choice again. But other than that it is great and encourage everybody to read this!
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Very involving story May 31, 2014
    By Ka Wai
    Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
    We had lots of fun reading this story as my niece and I tried to make our way through it. It's an interactive story with lots of alternative outcomes as we travel back in time and meet lots of different characters. A very different kind of page turner and one to recommend.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars The first digital book I've read that makes sense! April 12, 2013
    Format:Kindle Edition
    It takes courage to break new ground with the format of a book; doubly so when the book is for younger readers. More and more people are experimenting with the digital format with Kindle and other ebooks. Sometimes they work and sometimes they are just a diversion from the storyline. Deb has got the mix right here and the links add value and excitement potential to this interesting story. A great for a youngster to explore and learn more about a beautiful and historic region.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars This interactive story will get children reading
    Oh my gosh! Once Upon an Island by D M Potter is so much fun. The book is an interactive adventure that both boys and girls will enjoy. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by P J LaRue
    4.0 out of 5 stars A reality TV show or something a little more shady?!
    Set in New Zealand, you are going with your cousins Stella and Max to visit Aunt Maddie on the island of Arapawa. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Liz Pomeroy
    1.0 out of 5 stars I am really surprised at the great reviews this book is getting
    I am really surprised at the great reviews this book is getting. I read it with my 8 year old in 2 sittings. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by S. Singh
    2.0 out of 5 stars My nine year old gives it thumbs down.
    My nine year old daughter did not really enjoy this book. She said there is clearly a right or wrong answer and if you pick the wrong one, the book is over and you have to start... Read more
    Published 3 months ago by T. Lynch
    5.0 out of 5 stars Hottest author in the business
    wonderful work of art that finds you loosing track of time as you read page after page of skillfully articulated story telling. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Stephen Conley
    4.0 out of 5 stars Column A or Column B
    After opening the attractive cover, the reader will discover the words HOW to PLAY. Yes, this book is a game of sorts; it is an interactive story. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by Barbara Ann Mojica
    4.0 out of 5 stars A great adventure read!
    This was such a fun read. It is perfect for a younger generation. It doesn't have a straight story line - you are the main character. Read more
    Published 5 months ago by Chene
    5.0 out of 5 stars An interactive experience, and lots of entertainment, fun and...
    This is not your everyday traditional story because of its interactive experience. The reader is put in the hot seat and gets to makes the decisions, which will shape the story. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Mr Robin Rowles
    5.0 out of 5 stars YOU are the star of this story, and YOU get to choose what you do...
    I've been looking forward to reading this book for a while, and it didn't disappoint. I wasn't quite sure what an interactive story entailed, but enjoyed the way this one worked. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by M J Kinsman
    5.0 out of 5 stars High marks!
    I picked this up for free so my grandson could read it. He absolutely loved it! It was his (and my) first experience with an interactive book and we both found it amazing. Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Anonymous
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    More About the Author

    Deb Potter is interested in the evolution of stories. When she first played with an eReader she couldn't wait to make stories that didn't have to start at A and finish at B. The first book, Once Upon an Island, is set in a real place in New Zealand and then she stepped into fantasy.

    'In the Magician's House' allows the reader to explore an imagined space where the world can change as well as the story.

    "I loved writing about the Magician's house, it started out as a small part of a much bigger story but then the house took over and I had to stay and find out more about what was inside."

    "E-books open up a new chapter for telling stories. Today we are bombarded with information in little snippets and reading is now a much more interactive experience. I wanted to write something that offered the reader the chance to be part of the story."

    Potter used the skills she developed as an electronic questionnaire designer to write and test her first interactive book, Once Upon An Island. She took her drafts to school libraries and classrooms to learn about the cognitive process of choice.

    "Sometimes I'd want my readers to go down a path to a bit of story I felt excited about and they just wouldn't. It was a great way to find out what worked and how kids approach choice."

    The interactive style of Choose Your Own Adventure or 'Pick a Path' was very popular in the 80s but Potter has found that kids she reads to aren't aware of the genre.

    "They often get excited by the idea of a book they get to 'drive'. If I'm reading in a library they sometimes leave having taken a few of the old style paperback ones out."

    Once Upon an Island is set on and around Arapawa Island which Potter visited a few years ago.

    "Most kids don't get to go outside and take risks anymore. The book offers a chance to do that. It's a bundle of fantasy adventures that start in realistic ways - catching a ferry, going fishing or heading out to explore. Kids take pleasure in making choices and being autonomous."

    Potter has teamed up with writer Blair Polly to create other interactive books including Lost in Lion Country, Pirate Island and Sliders of Glass Mountain.

    Potter believes children's books will become more interactive over the next few years.

    "Kids don't come to books like they used to, TV was a bit of a distraction to me as a reader in the 70s but now there are a lot more options. I love games and apps but I also love the pleasure of a good book. I think interactive fiction is a good way to excite kids about story."

    Deborah Potter lives in New Zealand. She graduated as a journalist in 1984, she has a Certificate in Children's Literature and a BA in Education. She has written a number of children's stories and plays. These days she works in statistics and in 2013 completed a Masters in creative writing at the International Institute of Modern Letters at Victoria University. She is currently completing a 'regular' novel and will be working on her next interactive story over the New Zealand summer.

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