The Lonely Beast ABC is an alphabet app based on Chris Judge’s much-loved children’s book, The Lonely Beast. It’s got easy, no-fuss controls, simple interactions and lots of funny stuff to keep your little one giggling while they learn – and it’s available for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch right now.

Here’s how it came together. Three friends – Chris, James and Simon – wanted to find the best way to help kids learn the alphabet and discover new words. We already knew how well children connected with The Lonely Beast, so we locked Chris in a moderately comfortable shed until he’d created 26 new hand-drawn scenes featuring the Beast and his friends. Once that was done, we set about making them come to life.

From (fully playable) musical instruments and dancing robots, to spinning bow ties and laughing monkeys, this is a very hands-on journey through the alphabet. Every letter has something new to play with, because we know that learning works best when kids are having fun. To demonstrate our commitment to cutting edge technology, the app also includes a fully operational virtual light switch. 


  • Voiceover by the author of The Lonely Beast and The Brave Beast
  • Packed with lots of stuff to tap and swipe
  • Fully playable drums and xylophone
  • A universal app - buy once and use on all your iOS devices
  • Original music by Simon Judge
  • Upper and lowercase letters
  • Visual and audio feedback for letters
  • No third-party advertising
  • No in-app purchases
  • 6 different types of hat


No.1 Education app in 12 countries

Featured in the iPad TV ad, ‘Together’ and on billboards around the world

Selected for the Editor’s Choice Award by Children’s Technology Review

Nominated for the Bologna Ragazzi Digital Award at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

Featured by Apple in (deep breath) … Best for Ages 5 & Under, Learning Made Fun, First Words & Numbers, Print Concepts & Letters, Nursery School Apps, New & Noteworthy, What’s Hot, Only on The App Store, Apps from iPad TV Ads, Play.Discover.Learn and Apps for Kids

“A fantastic ABC app for kids” – Boing Boing

“A thing of great beauty … so well designed and crafted you can feel the picture book maker behind it, and that’s what makes it such a delight” – The App Puppy

“Top of my list for favorite ABC apps” – Babycenter

“An instant hit” – Babyccino Kids

“A charming ABC app that contains enough surprises to keep a child coming back to it over and over again” – The Irish Times

“One of the best ABC apps for iPad” – Cool Mom Tech

“A beautiful storybook-style letter lesson … I haven’t seen a better alphabet learning app in a long time” – Best Apps for Kids

“Brimming with character and visual wit” – Inis Magazine

“From the excellent illustration style, the catchy opening music and the very clever and usable functionality, this is an app which will be loved by both parents and toddlers” – Candepop

“Polished, characterful cards with plenty of humour” – Apps Playground


Selected for the 100 Archive 2012.

Think you're a dab hand at colouring-in? Get your free Lonely Beast printables and we'll see just how good you are. Need more beastly apps? Chris, James and Simon also made the award-winning counting app The Lonely Beast 123, which a lot of people have said very nice things about. Thanks, people.

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