Popular children’s book ‘Harry The Hippo’s Massive Yawn’ has been withdrawn from sale on download sites following reports that the spectacular pop-up centre-page section, depicting the main character opening his mouth very wide, can cause the screen on some Kindles to shatter.
Dennis Carwardine, who had downloaded the story to his reader, had to return his broken Kindle to the store. ‘The quiet, peaceful and entertaining bedtime story I’d been reading had turned suddenly into a nightmare, with little shards of glass everywhere. Because I couldn’t be sure I’d cleaned up every last one, I had to throw my favourite pyjamas away.’
An Amazon spokesperson commented, ‘The very impressive and highly realistic pop-up section in ‘Massive Yawn’ is too much for some screens, it would appear. So far, the incident has only affected a handful of Kindle Fires, but we are recommending that anyone who has purchased ‘Massive Yawn’ in e-book format should not read past page 15.’
The news has put a stop to several new titles due soon for release in electronic format, including ‘Mary Berry’s Interactive Bake-off’, ‘Sing-along With Jake The Peg’ and ‘Eric Pickles: My life in pictures.’