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Me Too! - Little Critter

May 1, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Little Critter's baby sister wants to do everything he can do.

Me Too! by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1983. It is a beloved story about Little Critter as he tackles a challenge many young children must take on ... dealing with a younger sibling. His sister wants to do everything he does, from riding a skateboard, flying paper airplanes and even tagging along with his friends. Thankfully in the end, Little Critter discovers that sharing goes both ways and can be very sweet!

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal Little Critter is, but "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released in this popular series, not to mention a whole line of toys, dvds and other products.

This digital version adds a new twist, having the reader try to find all the little mice (13 in all) hidden on almost every page. When the child taps on a mouse, a chime sounds; at the end of the book, a page is displayed with the number of mice (of the total) successfully found. This little extra was a big hit with my kid and made re-reading a bit more fun. As a parent, I liked this interactivity because it rewarded my child for paying attention, although it did distract from the story on the first reading.

Like other omBooks by Oceanhouse Media, this app is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, sister, dad, Little Critter and many items in each scene), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch a mouse and the word "mouse" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. If the word is also present in the text on that page, it highlights as spoken, providing nice auditory/visual word-reinforcement for young learners.

For early readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. By the way, the young voice-actor is also easy to understand. I particularly liked the choice of child narration in the Little Critter book apps, since the story is told in the first-person. Overall, this is a cute book and a great read for children six and under. Recommended!

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Me Too! - Little Critter

May 1, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Mercer Mayer

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 6 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
28 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Me Too! - Little Critter

Little Critter's baby sister wants to be big, too. When she sees Little Critter doing stuff, she thinks, "Me too!" But not everything is easy to share with a little sister. When she throws his paper airplane, she gets it stuck in a tree, for instance. She also tags along when Little Critter is playing with his friends - not cool!

Despite being challenged to find ways to help his sister do all the things he is doing, in the end Little Critter discovers that sharing goes both ways when it comes to siblings.

 

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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal

Options:

Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound on/off, Links to: Web, AppStore, Facebook, Twitter

App Release Date:
2011-01-25

 






Size: 14.95 MB

Version: 1.08.3

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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