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I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss

February 22, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

An exceptional set of Seuss with a unique art style ...

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss in print in 1969. It features three stories: I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!, King Looie Katz, and The Glunk that Got Thunk. According to Wikipedia, this Seuss book stands out in particular because, "The illustrations are notable for their use of gouache and brush strokes rather than the usual pen and ink." Fans will especially enjoy the way this opaque and colorful technique creates a subtle change in the familiar artistic style of Seuss.

The storytelling is true to traditional Seuss, presenting three lesser know gems. In I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!, young readers meet a boy who boasts that he can fight 30 tigers but then puts them off, disqualifying them one by one until he has no need to fight at all. In King Looie Katz, the feline king's pride is his long tail and it must be carried by another cat 'subject' in the kingdom at all times. Soon an unending line of cats is holding up the cat in front's tail until the whole plan falls apart when the last cat in line has had quite enough. In The Glunk that Got Thunk, a young girl thinks as hard as she can and imagines a "Glunk" who creates havoc (and can't be 'unthunk') until her brother helps her with imaginative results. All three of these classic tales will be a treat for young readers, especially with the digital enhancements and modern feel of the tablet format.

Every one of Dr. Seuss' books has been seamlessly translated into a new digital classic by Oceanhouse Media. Enhancements are primarily educational and focused on word recognition, although lots of interesting sound effects connect the images with word meanings for young listeners. Great narration with highlighting word-by-word reinforces the text and if a child taps on any word, it is spoken again (tap-to-hear) for additional text reinforcement. If you tap on an image in the illustrations, the word will appear with accompanying audio. And as a bonus, if that image is present in the text of the page, that word will highlight again, too.

This title has the detailed and colorful illustrations that make Seuss books popular, but like most Dr. Seuss OmBooks, these stories aren't animated. However, most pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each chunk of text in a nicely paced reading experience. Extra features include the ability to record your own narration as well as excellent navigation with a nice visual thumbnail page guide. Ample settings allow adults to set the book up with or without audio and interactive elements. Links that leave the app are contained exclusively in the 'info' section under a parental gate that requires fluid reading and following complex directions.

Overall, this Seuss tale is a delightful read and it is made even more accessible to a new generation with digital enhancements well-suited to a modern audience. The messages within these stories (and most Seuss titles) are subtle, making for rich converstation with young people or even extension activities in a classroom setting. In print and digital, Dr. Seuss is tops with young and old alike, precisely because his books make learning to read (and reading to learn) FUN!

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I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss

February 22, 2014

By: Carisa Kluver

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Author/Illustrator:
Dr. Seuss

Developer:
Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
15 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:
No

Uses Motion: No

Age: 4 - 9 +

Languages:
English •

Length (pages):
34 Pages

 

Story Synopsis - I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss

Dive into 3 exciting Dr. Seuss interactive short story book apps and meet the Cat in the Hat's extended family! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. Enjoy I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!, King Looie Katz, and The Glunk that got Thunk, all in one convenient place. [Source: iTunes]

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories (ISBN 0-394-80094-X) is a children's story book written by Dr. Seuss and first published in 1969. The title story concerns a boy who brags that he can fight 30 tigers and win. He makes excuse after excuse, finally disqualifying all the tigers until he must fight no tigers at all. The illustrations are notable for their use of gouache and brush strokes rather than the usual pen and ink. Others stories include "King Looie Katz", another warning against hierarchical society advocating self-reliance, and "The Glunk That Got Thunk" about the power of run-away imagination. Illustrations for "The Glunk That Got Thunk" make great use of wavy line crosshatching. [Source: Wikipedia]

 

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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal

Options:

Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, SFX/Music Volume Control, Record Narration, Page Guide, Info w/ Links: (under parental gate) to: AppStore, Web, Email, FB, Twitter

App Release Date:
2013-03-20

 






Size: 43.99 MB

Version: 2.5

Lite Version Available: No

 

 

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