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Choose Your Own Adventure returns on iPad, via Kickstarter

The popular kids' books need your help! They're looking for Kickstarter cash to launch a new, digital series of interactive comics.

Choose Your Own Adventure, the kids' book series that relies on readers' decisions to tell their stories, is hoping to return in digital form.

The group that taught generations of children to read with their thumb stuck at the previous page is looking for crowd-funded cash to launch a new iPad cartoon series, dubbed Choose 'Toons.

Publisher Chooseco, which boasts that it has seen over 260 million books printed over its 35-year history, claims tablets will "let us do to cartoons what we did to kids' books".

"Beware and Warning!" the page's description begins, mimicking the attention-grabbing start of the old page-turners. "You and YOU ALONE are in charge of what happens in this Kickstarter."

Chooseco has 30 days to round up $130,000 (£84,000) worth of backing, a figure it says will enable it to fully fund a 32-episode 'toon, which it hopes to develop into a series.

Choose Your Own Adventure cartoons will be available to download via iTunes, with $6 (£4) being the lowest amount you can invest and get access to the cartoon should it be successfully funded. You can pledge a lot more if you want to -- throwing $5,000 (£3,200) at the project lets you voice a character in one of the interactive cartoons.

The first episode is already scripted, the publisher says, and is based on 2007's Your Very Own Robot. It will involve the reader bolting together a robot called Gus, and has 20 story branches with 11 possible endings.

The digital format should also put a stop to children holding their fingers in previous pages, making it impossible to backtrack should their character meet a grisly end falling down an ice cavern, for no apparent reason.

CYOA's biggest rival back in the 80s and 90s was Fighting Fantasy, created by UK gaming legends Steve Jackson and Ian Livingstone. A small selection of classic FF game books have been adapted for Android and iOS.

Will you invest in the Choose Your Own 'toon, or would you rather see your kids leafing through the traditional paper versions? Choose your path in the comments, or meet your grisly demise at the foot of our Facebook wall.