The House That Went On Strike Original Story App for the iPad by Jumping Pages Inc.

What if your house cared about how you cared for it? This original storybook app from Jumping Pages brings young readers a tale where the family abode takes on a life of its own with deeper messages for everyone in the household. Featuring lots of interactive elements for young readers to tap on, this title reinforces the idea that home is a place you need to maintain as a whole family. The usual story about cleaning up and taking care of our surroundings can be rather boring (to both kids and adults), making this story a treat, as the appliances and furniture have personalities and feelings about how well they are being treated.

Told in simple but well-crafted rhyme, this story is about a Read more …

All By Myself - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

All by Myself by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1983. It is a beloved story about Little Critter as he tackles a challenge every young child must take on ... doing things for himself. He is able to get dressed in the morning and brush his fur, being independent all day long. He helps his parents with chores, and even watches his sister before putting on his pajamas at night and brushing his teeth, "all by myself." Little Critter may not always do things perfectly, but he does his best.

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 Read more …

Just a Mess - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Just a Mess by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 2000. It is a beloved story about Little Critter as he tackles the mess in his room after loosing track of his baseball mitt. His 'cleaning' style is a bit chaotic, but in the process of straightening up, he discovers just what he was looking for and also learns that when you make a mess, you have to be the one to clean it up, a good lesson for kids reading along.

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 ... Read more …

Bizzy Bear Builds a House by Nosy Crow Limited

This original book from Nosy Crow is based on a series of print 'toddler' board books, first published in 2011 and featuring the adorable illustrations by Benji Davies. Children will love assisting Bizzy as he helps out on a building site in this 2nd Bizzy Bear book app - see Bizzy Bear on the Farm for the first app in this series. Interactivity and character dialogue is driven by the reader, including lots of variety and room for open-ended exploration. In order for this cute cub to complete his chores, readers will need to help him by moving building supplies, digging, hammering, and much more.

Although this app is no fairy tale, it does have Read more …

Bizzy Bear on the Farm by Nosy Crow Limited

This original book from Nosy Crow is based on a series of print 'toddler' board books published in 2011 and features adorable illustrations by Benji Davies. Children will love assisting Bizzy as he helps out on the farm. Interactivity and character dialogue is driven by the reader, including lots of variety and room for open-ended exploration. In order for this cute cub to complete his chores, readers will need to help him by feeding the pigs, herding sheep, collecting eggs, picking apples and much more.

Although this app is no fairy tale, it does have many things in common with Nosy Crow's other two book apps (Cinderella & The Three Little Pigs). It is polished and solidly made, Read more …

Five Little Monkeys Collection #1 by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

An exceptional new app for young readers (with five books in one) is now available from Oceanhouse Media! This is the digital version of the print collection, released in 2009 for the 20th-anniversary of the Five Little Monkeys books, by Eileen Christelow.

This collection includes the following digital titles (click on the title to link to our review):

Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed

Five Little Monkeys Bake a Birthday Cake

Five Little Monkeys Sitting in a Tree

Five Little Monkeys with Nothing to Do

Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car

In print, this book collection has been a favorite of parents, teachers & young readers. In the digital versions, educational Read more …

Five Little Monkeys Wash the Car by Oceanhouse Media

This is another 'Five Monkeys' book from the beloved book series by Eileen Christelow. Like Five Monkeys Jumping on the Bed, this is an adorably illustrated ebook based on a print title published in 2000. When I checked the Amazon.com reviews for the print version I discovered that even the lowest rated reviews 'highly recommend' this title - the series is just that good. In digital form, these books are transformed with sound, interactivity and text that highlights as it is read.

In this story, the monkeys try to help mama sell their old beat-up car by washing, painting & perfuming the vehicle (it still doesn't run). Then they push it down the hill in an effort to get more Read more …

The Worst Parents Ever HD by Take 2 Ventures LLC

This cute title from PicPocket Books features a kid-pleasing story about two brothers who make a lot of messes and give their parents grief at bedtime. At the end of a tiring day (which includes getting their toys taken away as punishment for being unruly), the children tell their mom and dad, "You're the worst parents ever!"

As they are about to fall asleep, one brother says to the other, "I wish we were the parents." In the morning, the boys discover they've been granted their wish and wake up as the parents in charge of a little boy and girl version of mom and dad. This Freaky Friday style plot will have young readers on the edge of their seats to find out what Read more …

The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime - A Fingerprint Network App by Fingerprint Digital, Inc

The Adventures of Ash & Ollie: ScreenTime – A Fingerprint Network App, from Yummico, is the first in a brand new series that carries a novel tale, as it addresses kids and the issue of “screen time”. This hits home, I’m sure most of us with kids can relate to the obvious scenario.

The characters are adorable (think Charlie Brown) and the text is in the form of a catchy rhyme. These two brothers are great pals and like to hang together, a timer holds a pre-dominate place in the simple and sweet illustrations. “We have rules for gadgets that we must obey, before turning one on and starting to play.”

As you can well imagine these two boys are Read more …

The Cat in the Hat - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Cat in the Hat is obviously a 'must have' in any collection, whether it's a digital library or a set of hardcover books with gilded pages. This version is no exception, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Although each page is essentially a still image, many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each segment of text, a nice semi-animated style.

Otherwise, the book has no real animation, although most of the items pictured in the story react to a light tap with a visual image of the word with accompanying audio (for example, tap on the Read more …

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back by Oceanhouse Media

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back is a great sequel to the classic Seuss title, "The Cat in the Hat." In this book the children are shoveling snow while their mother is out. Then in strolls the Cat in the Hat. He immediately takes liberties with their home, running an overflowing bath, while eating cake in the tub. Just like in the prequel, the children fret about the mess he has made right until the last scene.

Eventually the cat cavalierly introduces the kids to his cleaning crew: Little Cat A, B, C & so on, right down to Little Cat Z. Each cat is under the 'hat' of the cat before him, like nesting dolls, making Cat Z invisibly small, of course! In the end the cats manage to save the day, Read more …

Mrs. Gigglebelly is Coming for Tea by Dipali Vaidya

This is a delightful storybook published in print in 1990. It features a darling little girl named Elizabeth Ann who is convinced her friend, Mrs. Gigglebelly, will join her for tea despite her mother's protests that there isn't time to prepare. As the little girl plans for her guest, her mother frantically tries to finish spring cleaning. While her mother beats the rugs, washes the windows and attends to many household chores, the little girl waits ... and waits.

Then finally 'Mrs. Gigglebelly' arrives. Unbeknownst to Elizabeth Ann, it is her mother who actually is all dressed up in several props from the house, including a lampshade that covers her face. Now her mother's anxiety and Read more …

The Amazing Adventures of Eco Boy by Lana Sultan

This is a short and informative ebook app about recycling. The little boy in the story is distressed to find his local park covered in trash, so he convinces his friends & neighbors to help him put up recycling bins to clean up the earth. He becomes 'Eco Boy' with cape, mask and superhero outfit. The park gets cleaned up, recycling is sorted and "the mission to keep planet earth greener and cleaner" becomes the boy's passion. A final page also has more information about recycling in simple terms that children can understand.

The book has cartoon-style illustrations that are clear and easy to explain to the youngest of kids. The book is also nicely narrated by a British English speaker. Read more …

The Amazing Adventures of Eco Boy, Vol 2 by Lana Sultan

This is a short and informative ebook app about recycling plastic. It is part of the series of Eco Boy books, and features a new character, Bio Girl. The story begins with children littering the beach with their empty plastic bottles. This 'rubbish' gives rise to a plastic-based villain named Bottlexo who terrorizes kids by throwing plastic bottles at them. In response, a little girl is inspired by Eco Boy's example to become "Bio Girl". The two kids combine their superpowers to clean up the plastic bottles and put them into recycling bins.

This book, like the first volume in the series, is told in rhyming verse; "On a new mission, we shall be together. Looking after our planet to make it Read more …

Naughty Pony by Nessy

Naughty Pony is a fun interactive storybook app about a little girl and her not-so-nice pony. It is produced by a UK based company that has been making educational software for children since 1999. They work closely "with the Bristol Dyslexia Centre to ensure that all the Nessy titles are especially helpful for dyslexics." This book has a very funny storyline with just the right emphasis on potty-humor (poop, gas, etc.) and bad behavior to make little ones giggle.

Every page in this book has light animations and sound effects that are triggered with the tap of a finger as well as a nice variety of things to do. You can help feed the pony, clean his mane, pick rocks out of this feet, brush Read more …

Lil' Helper by Tizio BV

More a game than a book, this app has a simple interface that pleases young children. Little kids love to help their parents (an eagerness that wears off as they get older, unfortunately), so this app about a child who is helping his/her mother shop, really hits the mark for keeping its audience happy. Kids will love the jazzy music and fun 'gamification' of the simulated tasks, but parents will love how deeply engaged children are with this app, providing a good value for entertainment and learning.

"Three fun games to help your mom!" begins this app, showing through a text story (non-narrated), the steps for the child to be a 'helper' by 1) shopping, 2) heading home and 3) cooking. The Read more …

Storm & Skye - An Animated Magical Adventure Story for Kids by digimoo bv

Stunningly beautiful, magical, and filled with the wonders of imagination, Digimoo Studios has accomplished what few others can achieve in an audio-visual storybook. Storm and Skye – magical adventure story for kids has the feel of a high production movie, all contained within a narrated picture book format. The app is constructed into a chapter book. The nine chapters allow for natural pauses and facilitate time for processing, interaction or questions between an adult and child. The pairing of music and storytelling sets the imagination soaring by adding an increased depth and dimension, and helps kids learn the rhythm, cadence and emotional intent of the spoken Read more …

My Parents Are Crazy! by Confidence Through Characters, Inc.

My Parents Are Crazy! is an animated, interactive book app from Confidence Through Characters, Inc. It was created by Katherine Geerdes, an educator from Southern California, and is designed to encourage children to read. It has optional narration, word highlighting,(which can also be switched on in read-by-myself mode), and the volume of the background sounds can be adjusted. it also includes a “learn” section with colorful flashcards featuring the sight words from the app, the sight word is spoken if these are touched. There is a page navigation option, so it is easy to return to favorite pages. The app is child-friendly with no adverts, in-app purchases or external links. Read more …

A Green, Green Garden - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
A Green, Green Garden by Mercer Mayer is one of the "I Can Read!" Little Critter titles, published in print in 2011. In this title, Little Critter and his family are preparing to plant a garden together. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 20 of the little mice and spider hidden on nearly 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 Read more …
The Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Trouble with Chores is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2005. According to Wikipedia:

"The books feature a family of anthropomorphic grizzly bears who generally learn a moral or safety-related lesson in the course of each story. Since the 1962 debut of the first Berenstain Bears book, The Big Honey Hunt, the series has grown to over 300 titles, which have sold approximately 260 million copies in 23 languages."

This formula, sometimes criticized for being too moralistically simplistic, has been a fast favorite of millions of Read more …

Googoo Moogoo and Elf the Mess by Alma littera, UAB

Having trouble getting your kids to tidy up at the end of the day ... Then make sure to read Googoo Moogoo and Elf the Mess by Alma Littera with them! It is a great storybook app that we are sure will to the trick and encourage your kids to clear up the mess before bedtime. Googoo Moogoo and Elf the Mess is an original storybook app with great storyline, cool animation, illustrations and interactive features.

The app offers two options: “Read to me” and “Read myself”. The story is about Googoo Moogoo, a cheerful little girl who does not like to to tidy up her toys and claims that she is “not a toy picker-upper” till the day she meets Elf the Read more …


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