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Just Me and My Little Brother - Little Critter

May 24, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Will little critter find his mitt in all the mess?

Just Me and My Little Brother by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1991. It is a beloved story about Little Critter as he teachers his little brother the best parts about childhood. Evoking the classic tension between love and competition that is the halmark of sibling relationships, this book will enchant young readers while reminding them about the importance of family bonds.

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 (17 in all) hidden on every page, plus one cute spider. When the child taps on a mouse or spider, 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 books by Oceanhouse Media, this app is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, Little Critter and many items in their environment), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch a tree and the word "tree" 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.

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Just Me and My Little Brother - Little Critter

May 24, 2013

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:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 6 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Just Me and My Little Brother - Little Critter

Little Critter is looking forward to all the fun things he can do with his little brother. They'll go trick-or-treating on Halloween, ride bikes, build a snowman, watch spooky shows on TV, and more. Little Critter is eager to share these exciting experiences with his brother, but he'll have to wait since his baby brother must first learn how to walk! [Source: iTunes]

 

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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links to: AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

App Release Date:
2013-03-11

 






Size: 28.62 MB

Version: 2.1

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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