Wheelbarrow’s latest app is ‘Simply a Masterpiece’


Since its release in October last year, our Rules of Summer app has been going from strength to strength. Created in collaboration with the eponymous Shaun Tan, our digital derivative of the hardback has been received phenomenally worldwide. Here in Australia it has already received many accolades such as a Children’s Technology Review ‘Editor Choice Award’ for Excellence in Design, and topping iTunes at #1 in the books category for paid apps.

Overseas, the app was shortlisted in the top 20 Digital Interactive texts at the revered Bologna Children’s Book Fair – not to mention getting a generous showing at the event itself as a representation of excellence in the emerging sphere of digital publishing. Its recent release in America has garnered excitement and stellar reviews alike, with one mobile app reviewer calling it “Simply a Masterpiece. 10/10!”

Congratulations to everyone who contributed to the creation of the Rules of Summer app – the amazing reaction we have received is testament to all the hard work and talent of everyone involved in development. Stay tuned for updates, as we roll the app out into more regions worldwide.

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Wheelbarrow and Hachette Australia launch ‘Rules of Summer’!


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Wheelbarrow, alongside Shaun Tan’s Australian publisher Hachette, hosted the official gallery launch on the 24th October to celebrate the release of the ‘Rules of Summer’ app and book! Shaun’s original artwork was beautifully displayed and iPads were placed throughout the gallery for attendees to experience the app. A wonderful speech was delivered by accomplished author John Marsden, who was guest MC for the evening. It was a well deserved celebration for all involved and a great way to mark the release of our Rules of Summer app! Purchase the app for yourself on the iTunes store now!

Wheelbarrow releases Shaun Tan’s ‘Rules of Summer’ for iOS


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Shaun Tan, Academy Award winning Director and Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award recipient, is an artist who defies category. The new App Wheelbarrow is co-releasing with his latest book Rules of Summer is likewise – you have to experience it to believe it!

It was created to give the user an interactive, immersive experience – allowing the Rules to be traversed and explored in detail. Shaun’s beautiful oil paintings, captured on a 200 mega-pixel Hasselblad digital camera exclusively for the app, entice you to explore, to pan pinch and peer, into a world of detail one could only otherwise experience in a gallery setting.

Shaun’s muted humor and charismatic characters are perfectly met by noted composer Sxip Shirey, who has created a sublime otherworldly score, drawing the reader deeper still into a surreal landscape. The App also has exclusive features. Read the entire book to unlock Tan’s concept art and explore further to unlock another special treat!

Special shout out to the amazing team who created this App – Creative Director Tim Kentley-Klay, Executive Producer Garett Mayow, Art Director Cedric Austria, Producer Alex McDonald, and special mention to Lead Programmer Jason Cheung Yi Kai who did the amazing code allowing the user to zoom in to the 12K images!


  • Shaun’s beautiful oil paintings captured exclusively for the App in super high resolution, allowing you to explore each canvas in incredible detail.
  • Score by renowned New York composer Sxip Shirey
  • Sketch mode. Explore the Rules to unlock exclusive access to Tan’s original sketches and concept art.
  • Explore further to unlock another hidden secret!
  • Available in 11 Languages.

Wheelbarrow wins a Create Design Award!


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Wheelbarrow has won the 2012 Interactive Award at the Qantm Create Design Awards for our app ‘The Wrong Book‘!

In its 8th year the Desktop Create Awards recognise Australia’s industry talent across different creative fields- and is judged by a prestigious panel of industry figures.

Congratulations to the entire team involved in developing our app- what a great commendation!

Bear is back and he is jumping and jiggling!



Wheelbarrow adapts the third book in the beloved Bear series- ‘The Very Itchy Bear’! Bear returns to the iPad and iPhone, this time neither cranky nor hungry but… Itchy!

With fantastic narration from Australian Actor Angus Sampson and original musical score by Helen Croome, Nick Bland’s illustrations comes alive once again with entertaining animation.  You can record yourself reading as Bear jumps and jiggles, tap, tilt and swipe your way through the story, and collect special items to unlock a secret game!

Find out why Bear is itching high and itching low today!


  • Collect native australian flowers throughout the book to unlock a SPECIAL SECRET interactive!!
  • Zoom in and out to take a closer look at Flea!
  • Beautiful illustrations and adorable animal characters
  • Fun animations and sounds to find on every page.
  • Choose to record your own audio, or be read to!

Wheelbarrow launches ‘The Very Hungry Bear’!



Wheelbarrow adapts Nick Bland’s second ‘Bear’ book! This time Bear isn’t cranky, but his tummy is growling! Go on an animated adventure with Bear as he tries to catch some fish for dinner, making new friends along the way!

Record your own voice or have the book narrated to you by much loved Aussie Actor Angus Sampson, and find all the hidden fish to unlock a secret game to play again and again! If you enjoyed Wheelbarrows first creation starring Bear- you’ll love ‘The Very Hungry Bear’!


  • Collect fish throughout the book to unlock a special secret interactive!
  • Fun animations and sounds on every page, adorable illustrated and animated characters!
  • Choose to record your own audio or be read to.

You’re in the wrong… iPad!



Join Nicholas Ickle in a fully interactive adaptation of Nick Bland’s outrageous title ‘The Wrong Book’! Read by comic legend Frank Woodley, journey with Nicholas as he tries to tell his story… but is interrupted by trumpeting elephants, farting monsters, sneaky pirates, squeaky rats, and plenty of other irreverent characters that are all IN THE WRONG BOOK!


  • Retina display ready.
  • Choose to be read to, or record your own voice.
  • Tilt, tap and swipe on every page to discover fun animation and sounds.
  • Collect interactive items from the book- and throw them all about!



The Very Cranky Bear is Unleashed into the Wild!


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Nick Bland’s award winning and much loved children’s book ‘The Very Cranky Bear’ is now an animated, interactive app! Narrated by talented Australian actor Angus Sampson with an original score by Helen Croome, join Moose, Zebra, Lion and Sheep as they try to hide from rain in a cave, but accidentally disturb one very cranky bear!


  • You be the narrator: Record and play back your own voice.
  • Find 5 hidden cards to unlock a secret surprise!
  • iPad retina display ready.