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Just Going to the Dentist - Little Critter

May 23, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Going to the dentist doesn't have to be so bad ...

Just Going to the Dentist by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1990. The book takes young readers through all the steps of a typical dentist visit in true Little Critter style, reassuring little ones about a sometimes scary and unpleasant experience. The digital version adds a new twist, keeping track as the reader tries to find all the little frogs and spiders (20 of each) hidden on almost every page.

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the 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.

Like the Seuss books (also by Oceanhouse Media), this book is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, Little Critter and the people & things around them), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch the hat on Mom's head and the word "hat" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator.

For young readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. The delightful child narrator is easy to understand and a perfect fit, since the story is told in the first-person by Little Critter. Overall this is a cute book and perfect for preparing children for an important routine in a fun way.

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Just Going to the Dentist - Little Critter

May 23, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Mercer Mayer

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
Yes

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
21 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - Just Going to the Dentist - Little Critter

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. [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:
2013-01-16

 






Size: 26.09 MB

Version: 2.1

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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