Review & Giveaway
Developer: Oceanhouse Media
Oceanhouse Media has just published another omBook starring Little Critter called Just Going To the Dentist. For those unfamiliar, Little Critter is a series of stories written by Mercer Mayer about Little Critter’s childhood. Little Critter is a hamster character who is full of imagination, love, and of course mischief! Little Critter is a great series as children can easily identify with his adventures and emotions and also helps teachers, parents, and kids themselves be aware of emotions and how to deal with those situations.
In Just Going to the Dentist, Little Critter has a dentist appointment, and discovers that the dentist is not as bad as he thought it would be as it was running through his mind. Although the book presents dentistry, for the most part, in a positive, non-scary light for the young child, it is definitely not my favorite of Little Critter books. It talks about cavities and shots in the dentist chair. And I couldn’t imagine showing this to preschoolers who probably have yet to visit the dentist more than once if at all.
A cute mini-game is found within the app where you find the frog and the spider on each page. At the end of the book, the story calculates the total number of frogs and spiders the reader found within the book. Oceanhouse Media does a great job at combining the original text and artwork of Mercer Mayer, yet providing extras, such as touching a picture to hear and see what that picture is of. You also can replay an entire paragraph if interested. The highlighted words feature is great for early readers.
Just like Oceanhouse Media’s other omBooks, you have the options to “Read to Me” (reader turns the pages, sees the words highlighted as they are read by a professional narrator) “Read it Myself,” (like a book where you turn the pages and read on your own with sound effects in the background,) or “Auto Play” (like a movie especially good for the younger audience.) And now Oceanhouse Media has even added the special feature “Record your own voice” to their omBooks, as another option to listening to the omBooks with the great narrator. (Reviewed by Christie D.)
Little Critter is off to the dentist’s office. He gets a thorough checkup and cleaning, complete with dental x-rays. When Dr. Ghum finds a cavity, Little Critter bravely gets a filling. The visit is painless and Little Critter’s good nature reassures young readers that going to the dentist is not that bad after all!
Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter stories, which address all the major issues of growing up, are perennial favorites of parents and children.
New features only available in this interactive omBook include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene.
To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork of author Mercer Mayer with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages.
Recommended Ages: 2 – 5
SPECIAL FEATURES: ★ Record your own voice
★ Share voice tracks with others that own this app
★ Page selector
★ Retina main menu
★ New options for sound effects, hot spots and alerts
Three ways to read this omBook (Oceanhouse Media digital book):
★ “Read to Me” — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
★ “Read it Myself” — read the book in its traditional form
★ “Auto Play” — plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages. Great for younger children!
★ Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
★ Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
★ Find the creature mini-game
★ Professional audio narration
★ Custom background audio for each scene
★ Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of Mercer Mayer
★ This ‘Universal App’ is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad
Released: 15 January, 2013
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch and iPad. Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
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App: Just Going to the Dentist
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