“Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut!”
December 23, 2008
by Carol Politi
We just launched a really fun set of content from a great new book for tweens called “Ignatius MacFarland: Frequenaut!”. This can be such a difficult age group when it comes to reading. Kids that loved reading when they were just a bit younger too often seem to drift away from it when they hit their tween years. So when I got a call asking if we would help author Paul Feig (creator of the TV show Freaks and Geeks) get the word out to kids about this new book, I jumped on the chance.
Frequenaut! is a fun book that has elements of comedy, fantasy, and science fiction. The book follows Ignatius (Iggy) MacFarland who, after being teased one too many times, decides to build a rocket to escape his school bullies. Suffice to say that this is not an easy ride – he ends up in another “frequency” battling a former English teacher that has turned into a dictator. The book is very creative and seems to have just the right amount of spice to attract kids. Most reviews seem to recommend the book for kids between the ages of 8 and 14. (A public radio interview discussing the book is here.)
Paul Feig recorded a set of exclusive ringtones for kajeet users – and they get access to them free from the Navigator on the handset. If you are a current kajeet customer, these are accessible from the Navigator home page.
What better place to highlight reading opportunities to kids than on the phone that they carry every day? Please comment & let me know what you think.