What's New

--Faster entry into app and video portion
--Improved performance in the Read and Record function
--Added helpful external links to Ruckus and Information pages

App Description

Denzel Washington tells the tale of Big John Henry and his hammer, stronger and faster than any machine. Read along, play along, and record your voice with apps for families from Ruckus Media!

•READ the classic story!
•SEE the award-winning video!
•HEAR Oscar-winner Denzel Washington tell the story with music performed by blues master B.B. King
•RECORD your voice reading to your child!

“For those moments when you want to add a little showmanship to story time, Ruckus Media Group offers a slew of storybook apps optimized for both the iPhone and iPad…. The entertainment value…is undeniable.” 4/5 rating – Macworld

“John Henry is a well made app that provides options for however you want to expose your children to good literature and important figures from American folklore.” – Appletell

“Quality production? Yes. Interesting subject matter? Yes. Interactive options (play story, read story, record story)? Yes. Celebrity magic? Yes." –Moms With Apps

“Amazing... John Henry is a delightful tale for readers of all ages.” – App Advice

"Great content goes a long way. So does great talent. Ruckus Media are one of the new, big kids on the block." – Wired.com, Geek Dad

Now this Parents Choice Gold Award video is digitally re-mastered and optimized for mobile media -- Ruckus Media introduces traditional storytelling for today’s ways of telling stories!

Perfect for families on the go, the award-winning animated story of John Henry invites children to read the stories, play the videos, and—in a fresh and unique function—record their own or a loved one’s voice for personalized reading aloud.

Original production of John Henry – Winner of:
•Grammy Award nomination – Best Spoken Word Album for Children!
•Parents’ Choice Gold Award – Audio
•Parents’ Choice Gold Award – Video
•Parents’ Magazine Parents Prize!
•Parenting Magazine Best Videos of the Year!

At Ruckus Media we create stories for mobile devices that entertain toddlers to teens from their fingers to their minds, at home or on the road—and invite their imaginations to grow.

More classic stories for mobile media told by family-favorite performers from Ruckus Media and Rabbit Ears:
•Pecos Bill
•Johnny Appleseed
•The Velveteen Rabbit
•Tom Thumb and the Knights of the Round Table

CONTACT US: For any technical issues, please email us at [email protected] You can also find out more about us on our website: www.ruckusmediagroup.com. Thank you!

iPhone Screenshots

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iPad Screenshots

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App Changes

  • August 27, 2011 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
  • September 07, 2011 Price increase: $0.99 -> $3.99
  • September 30, 2011 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $0.99
  • October 03, 2011 Price increase: $0.99 -> $3.99
  • November 16, 2011 Price decrease: $3.99 -> $1.99
  • January 01, 2012 Price increase: $1.99 -> $3.99
  • April 17, 2012 Price increase: $3.99 -> $5.99
  • November 08, 2015 Price decrease: $5.99 -> $2.99