Kalley’s Machine Plus Cats is the super-fun interactive story about a 4-year-old girl’s drawing and her heartwarming plan to save her dad from his daily commute.
Chosen as one of the Best New Apps on the App Store!

5 stars on Apple App Store

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THE STORY

Kalley’s Machine is dear to our family because it is based on the true story of how we started making apps together.

When our daughter Kalley was 4 years old, she drew a picture of a machine. She was super-excited about it and took it everywhere she went. It took us a while to catch on to the fact that she had drawn it in answer to a new development in our family.

We had explained that daddy had taken a job downtown and soon would be commuting everyday. She was not cool with this. She was used to daddy working from a home office. But we explained that grown-ups need to work for money so we can trade the money for things our family needs – like food.

Kalley’s answer was to draw up plans for a machine – a machine that could make food – thereby eliminating the need for money and for daddy to go away to work.

And while building the machine Kalley drew was a no-go for several reasons, we loved the heart behind her drawing. And we decided it could make a great interactive story that we could build together and sell as an app – so maybe someday daddy wouldn’t have to go away to work.

If you’re wondering whether that makes a good kids story or not, we’ve included every single page of the story in the screenshots:

SCREENSHOTS

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Kalley's Machine Plus Cats

PLAY WITH MACHINES!

Kalley’s Machine was crafted with interactivity as the first priority. More than 60 satisfyingly touchable controls put kids in charge of each twist and smash of the machine. Controls come in a wide machiney variety:

Cranks
Sliders
Dials
Levers
Switches
Buttons

With control of the machines, kids can make stuff smash, inflate, explode, shrink, burn, get painted, light up, get grabbed, drop, change shape and do a few other things like:

MESS WITH CATS!

Kalley’s Machine is a story based on a 4 year-old girl’s drawing. As such, it includes cats. They are completely irrelevant to the story. However, they are way fun to harass.

Tease them. Scare them. Puzzle them. Adore them. We think you’ll love the cats.

GET YOUR READ ON!

Cuz it’s a story, right? Of course, you can read the story the old-fashioned way. But, to aid new readers, we’ve also included two helpful interactive story features:

Read-to-Me

Kalley and her dad narrate the story with highlighted words so kids can follow along.

Touch-to-Read

Words are spoken when kids touch them.

TRY TO LEARN!

Honestly, this app is not designed to be educational. It is designed to be fun.

However, we’d get an ‘F’ in marketing if we didn’t point out that the interactive medium offers kids great chances to explore some basic concepts which are both safer and less messy than their real-world alternatives.

Creative parents may recognize the opportunity to discuss:

Color Mixing
Gear Ratios
Air Pressure/Vacuums
Pressure/Temperature Relationships
How Overcooking Can Burn Stuff

KEEP KIDS SAFE!

Know What's Inside
We have made this app super-safe for children by having:

No Ads
No In-App-Purchases
Parental Gates To Our Parents Section

We do not collect, store, or share any personal identifiable information or location data in our apps. All our third party networks are configured to be used in a COPPA compliant fashion. You can review more privacy-related information at http://rocketwagon.com/kalleys-machine-privacy-policy/

WARNING: This story makes a single use of the word “nonchalant”. It was written in a moment of desperation to find a rhyme with the word “want.” We realize that’s a pretty poor excuse. We also realize that, in the way we used it, it really should have been “nonchalantly”. It was just pretty sloppy all around. So, if you feel like a word that advanced has no place in a book for little kids, we completely understand. In fact, we mostly agree (except that it’s so mind-crushingly hard to think of a contextually appropriate rhyme for “want”). And if that is going to wreck it for you, then we’ll understand if you don’t buy our story. Just don’t buy it and get in there later and be like, “What is this ‘nonchalant’ business?!” We’re having this talk now.