transcript of the story:
WHAT if Little Red Riding Hood had a scooter to get to Grandma's house? And how would the fairytale end if Mr Wolf was a vegetarian?
A more modern version of the children's story has been written by Brisbane couple Vincenzo Pignatelli and Lucia Masciullo and to ensure the classic tale appeals to tech-savvy, 21st century children it has been created in digital form only.
With the sounds of birds chirping and against a backdrop of watercolour paintings and pencil drawings of forests Mr Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes can either be read independently or narrated and watched on an iPhone, iPad or iPad Touch.
In the story, an entomologist takes the place of the lumberjack, a game of chess replaces Mr Wolf's attempted assault and the whole cast end up at the home of little "Red-hood" for dinner, her mum cooking a fresh batch of ginger cupcakes.
One screen tap and Brisbane drama teacher Nicky Peelgrane narrates the story. A swipe and independent readers can turn pages themselves. Another touch and switch to Italian, Spanish, Japanese or Chinese.
Pignatelli, a neuroscientist seeking a more creative career, and Masciullo, a biologist with a love of illustrating children's books, are from Taranto in the south of Italy. They moved to Brisbane four years ago when he accepted a research post at the University of Queensland but they have now applied for permanent residency.
Masciullo has already had illustrations published in four children's books in Australia, with Family Forest shortlisted for the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia picture book award. Pignatelli set up Brisbane's first children's book digital publisher, BlueQuoll, and co-wrote Mr Wolf and the Ginger Cupcakes.