Oh, the Thinks You Can Think! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Oh, The Thinks You Can Think! is a wonderful Seuss tribute to the endless possibilities of our imaginations. It was first published in print in 1975 and is filled with make-believe places, animals and past-times, all rhyming, of course. As a digital offering, this one is refreshing, with the addition of meaningful interactivity and light animation to enhance the storyline.

Each page has dozens of question marks that invite little fingers to tap. After tapping the "?" the picture changes, moving the storyline along in a delightful way that reinforces reading comprehension. Sometimes images appear or disappear, move slightly and even change colors. Like the other Seuss titles by Read more …

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories is a wonderful collection of seven stories originally published for RedBook in 1950-1951. They are exceptional and will enchant both young readers and older ones alike. How exciting to experience a whole new series of Seuss stories, simultaneously available in both print and digital!

These rare stories were discovered by Seuss scholar Charles D. Cohen and have been referred to as 'the literary equivalent of buried treasure'. They also have an expanded palette of colors that goes beyond what was originally available when the magazine editions were printed. These stories capture some of the earliest themes that would continue to run Read more …

Daisy-Head Mayzie - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Daisy-Head Mayzie from Oceanhouse Media, was the last book written by Dr. Seuss, published in print in 1995, after his death. It is also unique in that it was not personally illustrated by Dr. Seuss, although the style is so closely matched that it is difficult to tell the difference and the artist is not identified. The story is about a girl named Mayzie who feels a 'twitch' on her head during class one day and soon finds herself with a white daisy sprouting from the top of her head. Initially she is made fun of by her chanting classmates, but soon her unique predicament has brought her fame and fortune. This title also has a digital extra, encouraging young readers to tap each Read more …

On Beyond Zebra! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

On Beyond Zebra! was published in print in 1955 and details a full alphabet in the imaginative Seussical land 'beyond Z'. Told in verse, with detailed but low-color illustrations (blue, red, black) common in picture books of that era. The digital version, created by Oceanhouse Media, is a treat for young readers, with enhancements that give it a modern feel without losing any of the charm of the original print title. The nonsensical set of new letters in this title are complex and fanciful, engaging today's young readers as much as their parents and grandparents. According to Wikipedia:

"Judith and Neil Morgan, Geisel's biographers, note that most of the letters resemble Read more …

Dr. Seuss Short Story Collection by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

An exceptional new app for young readers (with eight books in one) is now available from Oceanhouse Media! It includes the following digital titles:

The Big Brag, Gertrude McFuzz, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today!, King Looie Katz, The Glunk that got Thunk, Too Many Daves, The Zax and What Was I Scared Of?

In print, these short stories have been favorites of parents, teachers & young readers for several generations. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this app also has an eye on educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. These book apps also have ample Read more …

Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Fifty years ago this month, Dr. Seuss published this popular bedtime story, now available in a beautiful digital presentation from Oceanhouse Media. Starting with a very small bug (named Van Vleck) to the Zizzer-Zoof Seed salesmen, children will be enthralled by the detailed and imaginative illustrations in this book. Screen after colorful screen shows sleepers of every shape and size, adding up a "Who's-Asleep-Score" that needs just one more (the reader).

Many adults treasure a favorite title from Seuss' prolific collection of picture books, written in the latter half of the 20th century. After reviewing dozens of these classics in app form, I am delighted to finally review the Seuss I Read more …

The Shape of Me and Other Stuff - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This app, from Oceanhouse Media, is based on the print book published in 1973 and originally subtitled, Dr. Seuss's Surprising Word Book. It follows a journey with two children as they explore different shapes, shown in silhouette. It is full of things that kids can ponder, like the shape of people, animals and objects. The illustrations are a little unusual for a Seuss book, with blocks of color and solid objects shown in outline only, making it great for focusing on shapes and shadows.

Many items are shown, but not all are even named in the text, giving young readers the opportunity to focus on fine details. My child really enjoyed naming everything pictured as we read it together. Read more …

I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

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 Read more …

Bartholomew and the Oobleck - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Bartholomew and the Oobleck, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss in print in 1949. It was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1950, and is a sequel to The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. In this tale, young Bartholomew is tasked with saving the kingdom from "oobleck", a sticky goo that falls from the sky. According to Wikipedia:

"Geisel said he drew inspiration for the book from a conversation he overheard while stationed in Belgium during World War II. During a rainstorm, one of his fellow soldiers remarked, "Rain, always rain. Why can't we have something different for a change?"

This is also one of the rare Seuss books that is Read more …

The Butter Battle Book - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Butter Battle Book, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss in print in 1984. It was named a New York Times Notable Book, and is about the Yooks and Zooks, who do not get along because one group eats their toast butter-side up while the other group is known to eat toast only butter-side down. Overall The Butter Battle Book, is an award-winning tale that will be a treat for young readers, with digital enhancements that give it a modern feel without losing any of the charm of the print title. It also has a strong social message, similar to other Seuss books like The Lorax and Horton Hear's a Who. According to Wikipedia:

"This book was Read more …

Dr. Seuss's ABC by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Dr. Seuss's ABCs is a fun book app, pairing great sound effects and narration with the whimsical illustrations that make Seuss books instant classics. The book shows off the alphabet with crazy made-up seussical animals like the Fiffer-feffer-feff and Little Lola Lopp.

In print, this book has been a favorite of toddlers and their parents since it's publication in the early 90's, with many reprints including a board book version. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this book has an eye on educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. You can also tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode.

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And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This title, from Oceanhouse Media, is Dr. Seuss's first book, published in print in 1937. It follows the imaginative story of a boy named Marco, describing the comings and goings of some very interesting characters on his street. Marco's dad always asks his son what he sees on his way to school, but when the boy tells fanciful tales he is admonished not to tell lies. Dr. Seuss, always a lover of make-believe, shows off his own whimsical storytelling with a subtle message reminding adults to be careful not to crush a child's imagination.

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is narrated. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Most of the Read more …

Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

In this Dr. Seuss classic, published in print in 1972, a familiar evening scene emerges, that of a child that just won't go to bed. The story is told in rhyme and features a twist only Seuss could have on this classic bedtime dilemma. The parents point Marvin to bed with a litany of suggestions that includes showing the boy on all manner of conveyance to his bedroom, from a Bumble-Boat to riding in a Zumble-Zay. The illustrations are delightful, right down to the way the adults are never shown, excepting for a hand pointing from the side of the page. This is a book that will make both parents and children giggle in recognition. It is even just about the right length for pajama storytime Read more …

Horton Hatches the Egg - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Horton Hatches the Egg makes a great transition from print to digital, with the beautiful sketches from Dr. Seuss's 1940 title coming to life despite the limited color palate of this title (it uses only two colors, common to early picture books where every color added great cost to printing). This title came before the more famous 1954 edition, Horton Hears a Who!, and both titles served as inspiration for the musical Seussical, which premiered in 2000.

Many readers will be more familiar with the later story of Horton and the bird Mayzie, involving a whole world of little 'whos' but this title is a great 'prequel'. Many kids today will also have seen the popular 2008 movie version Read more …

There's a Wocket in My Pocket! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! is a fun book app, pairing funny, made-up animals with the whimsical illustrations that make Seuss books instant classics. The story follows a young boy who lives in a place inhabited by lots of crazy rhyming creatures, from a 'Wasket' (in a basket) to a 'Zillow' (on a pillow). And no, that's not the real estate 'Zillow' but a strange & cuddly creature to share your bed.

In print, this book has been a favorite of young readers and their parents since it's publication in 1974. This one stands out for its sheer silliness, featuring lots of made-up rhymes. Great extension activities for kids can include making up their own crazy rhyming creatures Read more …

The Sneetches - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Many adults treasure their memories of reading Dr. Seuss, but how many remember the lessons they learned? Maybe not consciously, but on some level, everyone who reads Seuss titles with deeper messages, gets much more than entertainment. The Sneetches is just one such title like this, featuring a tale about exclusion, discrimination and possibly worse. Star-bellied Sneetches turn their noses up at the 'plain-belly' types, making some Sneetches feel 'less than' ... a situation that is ripe for intervention.

Intervention comes, in a 'music-man' sort-of way, as an entrepreneur named Sylvester McMonkey McBean arrives with a machine that can add or remove belly stars in a jiffy, confusing the Read more …

Scrambled Eggs Super! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Scrambled Eggs Super! - Dr. Seuss from Oceanhouse Media, was published in print in 1953, early in Geisel's prolific career. The story is about a boy (Peter T. Hooper) who suggests that 'just for a change', it would be interesting to scramble a variety of exotic bird eggs for the dish. Most (if not all) of these suggestions involve whimsical, imaginative and non-existent creatures that hover beautifully between the realm of birds and dinosaurs, with just the right touch of anthropomorphized characteristics to make them deeply engaging and relatable. According to Wikipedia:

"At the beginning of the story, Peter T. Hooper brags to a girl, Liz, in his mother's kitchen about how Read more …

I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

I Had Trouble in getting to Solla Sollew - Dr. Seuss from Oceanhouse Media, was published in print in 1965, in the prime of his popularity. The story is about a 'carefree and young' character that lives without troubles until one day when he is attacked by creatures that bite and snap at him. Soon a 'One-Wheeler Wubble' arrives with some wisdom ... "Young fellow," he says, "what has happened to you has happened to me and to other folks, too. So I'll tell you what I have decided to do ... I'm off to the City of Solla Sollew on the banks of the beautiful River Wah-Hoo, where they never have troubles! At least, very few." According to Wikipedia:

"Solla Sollew is an Odyssey Read more …

If I Ran the Zoo - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Published in print in 1950, If I Ran The Zoo, is a Dr. Seuss classic. Young Gerald McGrew decides the exotic animals in the regular zoo are just not interesting enough. If he ran the zoo, he says he would let all the animals out of their cages in favor of a whole set of new creatures, including a ten footed lion and a bird that only eats custard (with sauce made of mustard). Whimsical storytelling, told in rhyme, make this classic Seuss tale appealing decades later, along with great digital enhancements perfect for a modern audience.

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is narrated. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Read more …

The King’s Stilts - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The King's Stilts is one of Dr. Seuss's earliest books, published in print in 1939 and featuring low-color illustrations, primarily black and red, common in picture books of that era. This book has all the whimsy that Seuss would become known for in his later publications, but the story is told in prose rather than verse. The digital version, created by Oceanhouse Media, will be a treat for young readers, with enhancements that give it a modern feel without losing any of the charm of the original print title. 

King Bertram Binn galavants around his kingdom on a pair of red stilts, until one of his ministers plots to steal them because he thinks it is unseemly for the king to Read more …

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 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 available from Random House. It includes the following digital titles, all fully reviewed individually on this site (click on the title to link to our review):

Green Eggs & Ham

Dr. Seuss's ABCs

The Cat in the Hat Comes Back

There's a Wocket in My Pocket

Hop on Pop

In print, this book collection has been a favorite of parents, teachers & young readers. All five of these titles are among the Seuss books that stick to sight words for the benefit of 'learner readers'. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this Read more …

Dr. Seuss Beginner Book 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 available from Random House. It includes the following digital titles, all fully reviewed individually on this site (click on the title to link to our review):

The Cat in the Hat

Fox in Sox

1 Fish, 2 Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish

Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?

The Foot Book

In print, this book collection has been a favorite of parents, teachers & young readers. All five of these titles are among the Seuss books that stick to sight words for the benefit of 'learner readers'. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this book Read more …

The Lorax - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss is a classic tale about an environmental disaster in a world where a greedy business-person (the Once-ler) cuts down all the Truffula trees to make Thneeds.  The story begins long after the devastation, with a young boy coming to see what has happened, seeking out the Once-ler.  When the boy finds the Once-ler, he settles in for the long tale of the Lorax and his warnings.

As the Once-ler's story unfolds, the effects of each tree being cut down reverberate throughout the environment, with species after species being driven away.  The Lorax himself is a strange little creature that 'speaks for the trees' because 'trees have no tongues'. He sends the Read more …

Happy Birthday to You! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media

Happy Birthday to You! by Dr. Seuss, takes the reader to a magical land where birthday's are celebrated with great fanfare. The story is told in the 2nd person, celebrating the birthday of the reader. As the 'Great Birthday Bird' guides the listener on their magical birthday journey, messages about how special 'you' are abound. First published in print in 1959, this book features the classic illustrations & storytelling of Theo Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss. 

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is narrated. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Dr. Seuss books are great for children learning to read because they 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 …

Green Eggs and Ham - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Green Eggs and Ham is one of many titles to come to the iPad/iPhone from Oceanhouse Media. It is solidly made and takes the emphasis on sight words for 'learner readers' to the next level in this digital version of a Seuss classic. The story is narrated and features the original images from the book.

It also has lots of sound effects, including the sound of chewing and swallowing when Sam-I-Am finally realizes how much he really likes green eggs & ham. My son found this sound delightful, however I did find it pretty unpleasant. I'm not sure if that was the effect they were going for, but it certainly has kid-appeal. And thankfully sound effects can be turned off in the settings menu.

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What was I Scared of? - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a great year-round ‘scary’ story to share with children of all ages. It has the classic appeal of Dr. Seuss, including whimsical illustrations, a great narrated story plus light interactivity – all based on the OM platform from Oceanhouse Media. An empty pair of pants terrifies the main character but brings a lesson about both fear and tolerance.

This title is one of over a dozen titles briefly reviewed for a special post, "Enhanced Spookiness! Top 10 iPad Book Apps for Halloween"

Horton Hears a Who! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Horton Hears a Who makes a great transition from print to digital, with bright beautiful pictures from the beloved Dr. Seuss. This book, recently made into a movie in 2008, is one of my favorites. I particularly like the fact that Dr. Seuss wrote this book as part of a life-long effort to remind us all, that despite differences, we should make an effort to understand each other.

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. 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 Read more …

Oh, the Places You'll Go! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media

Oh, the Places You'll Go! tells the tale of a boy who is on his way to big things, but it's a delicate balance between times when you soar and times when you don't. Not only will life be filled with great opportunities, but also "Bang-ups and Hang-ups". This refreshing book is told in rhyme with the same whimsical illustrations made famous by Seuss. It's a book about trying and accepting life's challenges, but also about the great open world ahead of someone, be they a child entering kindergarden, a high school graduate or even an adult embarking on a new phase in life.

This was Dr. Seuss's last book, published in 1990, and it is wonderfully uplifting and optimistic, without Read more …

Hunches in Bunches - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This title, reproduced in digital by the talented team at Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss's in print in 1982. It follows the imaginative story of a young boy who is trying to decide what to do. He has hunches that encourage him to do lots of different things, but these 'hunches' are not always in his best interests. The impact of curiousity, cravings and desire are all touched on in this unique and whimsical title from the legendary Seuss.

Hunches in Bunches also has top-notch features from Oceanhouse Media in app form. Enhancements are primarily educational and focused on word recognition, although lots of interesting sound effects are also connect the Read more …

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is a fun book app, pairing great sound effects and narration with the whimsical illustrations that make Seuss books instant classics. The story follows the curious Mr. Brown as he mimics the sounds of everything from buzzing bees to a hippopotamus chewing gum.

In print, this book has been a favorite of toddlers and their parents since it's publication in 1970. It is also available in an abridged form as a popular print board book and a great resource for teaching about words that mimic sounds, or onomatopoeia. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this book has an eye on educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is Read more …

McElligot’s Pool - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This title, from Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss's in print in 1947. It follows the imaginative story of a boy named Marco who is fishing in a rather sad, small pond, called "McElligot's Pool". Marco is convinced that he might actually catch something, picturing a vast underground river that flows below the town. This river leads to a deeper pool full of fanciful and exotic fish that only Dr. Seuss could envision, like a Dog fish or circus fish or one that skis down underwater slopes. Geisel was always a lover of make-believe, and this title shows off his whimsical storytelling with a subtle message reminding adults to be careful not to crush a child's imagination.

McElligot's Read more …

Hop on Pop - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Hop on Pop is a fun book app, pairing great sound effects and narration with the whimsical illustrations that make Seuss books instant classics. Focusing on basic phonics through the use of rhyme, this story is one of the first Seuss classics. All of these early readers were designed with sight words only. Hop on Pop was even subtitled, "The Simplest Seuss for Youngest Use".

In print, this book has been a favorite of toddlers and their parents since its publication in 1963. Like the other titles from Oceanhouse Media, this book has an eye on educational enhancements. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the Read more …

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! follows in the tradition of The Cat in the Hat, with a strong emphasis on sight words. Published in 1978 toward the end of Dr. Seuss' career, this title features a young "Cat in the Hat" character that is being shown the way of the 'world of reading' by his older mentor, the original "Cat in the Hat".

The two cats explore lots of whimsical topics, true to Seuss, all showing how reading can lead to discoveries and adventures. "Young cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn!" says the older cat to the younger. More about reading with your eyes open than shut, this is an upbeat book with inspiration for young readers.

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Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are? - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This title, reproduced in digital by the talented team at Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss's in print in 1973. It follows the conversation between a young boy and an old, wise man in the "Desert of Drize". This prophet had only one message for his young listener, namely that life is never as bad as you imagine. In fact, there are so many people experiencing terrible troubles, that it is hard to ever feel bad for yourself.

From exceptional traffic jams that tie up a whole city, to bathrooms that are hundreds of steps away from one's home, this Seuss title details some of the most tiresome troubles a person could face. But of course it all done is a most whimsical way with Read more …

If I Ran the Circus - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Published in print in 1956, If I Ran The Circus, is similar to the Dr. Seuss classic, If I Ran the Zoo. In this title, a boy named Morris McGurk lets his imagination literally run wild, picturing a grand circus in an empty lot. From fanciful acts like a walrus that cam stand on one whisker to a herd of "Through-Horns-Jumping-Deer", McGurk's plans grow more and more elaborate.

However, McGurk's circus ideas rely heavily on a rather tired looking old man named Mr. Sneelock. Some have suggested this title belongs in the genre of Seuss books with a message, with this one, perhaps, focusing on the dangers of planning too grandly, especially when relying on the good will and efforts of Read more …

Gertrude McFuzz - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

A little bird named Gertrude longs for a more glorious tail in this digital edition of a classic Dr. Seuss book, from Oceanhouse Media. The original print title, Yertle the Turtle and other stories contained three tales and was published in 1958. This tale is essentially about jealousy, overindulgence and how we should be happy with what we have because it is "enough".

Unhappy with her single feather, Gertrude seeks assistance in the form of a 'pill-berry' vine. But she isn't satisfied with just a few pretty tail-feathers ... she now wants to be better than the other bird she envies. She goes on a binge, eating so many 'pill berries' that she grows a tail so large she cannot fly Read more …

The Big Brag - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

A rabbit and a bear are full of their own importance, bragging to each other about their superior abilities in this digital edition of a classic Dr. Seuss book, from Oceanhouse Media. The original print title, Yertle the Turtle and other stories contained three tales and was published in 1958. This tale is essentially about vanity and being overly competitive.

The rabbit claims that his hearing is so good, he can hear the tiny cough of a fly on a hill 90 miles away. Not to be outdone, the bear claims it's his nose that makes him superior to the rabbit. "I can smell twice as far as you hear," claims the bear, saying he can smell 600 miles away, where a hummingbird egg has just Read more …

Yertle the Turtle - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Yertle the Turtle shows off his greed for power in this digital edition. The original print title, Yertle the Turtle and other stories contained 4 tales and was published in 1958. The tale of Yertle, the turtle king, is essentially about greed and short-sighted leadership. The 'king' of the turtles wants a higher throne, so with his total power over his turtle subjects, he commands them to sit under him. This makes his throne a bit higher, but he wants more, of course.

Yertle insists that every turtle in the pond must sit one on top of another under him until he is towering over the world. This lasts just long enough for the bottom turtle, Mack, to finally get fed up. Mack burps, Read more …

Fox In Socks - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media

Fox in Sox is a delightful book in digital form, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. I had forgotten just how much tongue twisting some of these Seuss titles require, so it was refreshing to have a digital version that 'reads by itself' (as my son likes to say). And the professional narrator does a much better job than I could ever do with lines like "muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle".

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. All of the Dr. Seuss books are an excellent choice for children learning to read because they are filled with Read more …

Oh Say Can You Say? - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Published in print in 1979, Oh Say Can You Say?, is a Dr. Seuss book of tongue twisters, containing crazy phrases that will tie your tongue up in knots (and tickle your funny bone). It is a rather long book, full of the whimsical language and illustrations that make a Dr. Seuss title an instant classic.

For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is narrated. Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode. Most of the Dr. Seuss books are great for children learning to read because they are filled with simple words and while this title goes beyond 'sight' words it should be an enjoyable read for kids 6 and up. For younger kids (and adults who would rather 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 …

The FOOT Book - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This is a very fun book app and a nice addition to any educational library. It is one of the best digital options to teach about opposites and among the Seuss books aimed at young readers. Engaging in a way only Dr. Seuss can be, this book demonstrates through whimsical illustrations concepts like dry/wet, slow/fast, big/small and even his/her. The story follows a Seussical looking character who is exploring all the kinds of feet, starting with left and right.

In print, this book has been a favorite of kids and their parents since it's publication in 1968. This one stands out for its emphasis on opposites and is among the Seuss books that stick to sight words for the benefit of Read more …

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Oceanhouse Media

One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is a delight in digital form, with bright beautiful pictures of the beloved classic Dr. Seuss. For the read-a-long effect, each word is highlighted as it is read.  Tap on any word to hear it spoken, even in the 'read-it-myself' mode.  All of the Dr. Seuss books are an excellent choice for children learning to read because they are filled with simple words (mostly 'sight words' in fact).  They are popular with parents and children precisely because they make learning to read fun.

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 Read more …

You're Only Old Once by Oceanhouse Media

You're Only Old Once is told in classic Seuss rhyme, tackling the topic of aging in a funny, irreverent way. The old man in the book is poked and prodded by various specialists with funny instruments and little regard for the patient's dignity. It is a book that children will enjoy but the real target audience is adults, particular those facing age with a sense of humor.

This was one Dr. Seuss's last books, published in 1986. The print version was subtitled, "A Book for Obsolete Children" and this is an apt description. It is a whimsical take on getting old with an emphasis on the the medical testing we can all look forward to if our health is good enough to live into old age. It Read more …

Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Thidwick The Big-Hearted Moose makes a great transition from print to digital, with top-notch features from Oceanhouse Media. Enhancements are primarily educational and focused on word recognition. Great narration with highlighting word-by-word reinforces the text and if a child taps on any word, they can hear it spoken again. 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 story, the word will highlight again, too.

Most Dr. Seuss OmBooks also aren't animated, but many pages begin by panning over Seuss' classic original artwork, zooming in and out to show off each chunk of text in a Read more …

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

This story, reproduced in digital by the talented team at Oceanhouse Media, was published by Dr. Seuss's in print in 1938. It focuses on one Bartholomew Cubbins, a poor boy who has just one hat, "an old one that had belonged to his father and his father's father before him ... (and) was probably the oldest and the plainest hat in the whole Kingdom of Didd, where (he) lived." Much wordier than the typical Seuss title, this app is a must download for any serious collector but might not suit the tastes of the average reader.

The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins is unique in many ways, diverting from the author's typical work significantly. I love Seuss, but I must admit this is my Read more …

Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn - Dr. Seuss by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Green Eggs and Ham - Read & Learn is part of a new app series based on the beloved early reader classics from Dr. Seuss. We love this newly updated "Read & Learn" format, from the talented team at Oceanhouse Media. Launched in 2009, this developer has produced hundreds of high-quality apps for young readers, including all of the titles from Dr. Seuss.

This new version of Green Eggs and Ham will not disappoint, but what is different in this title? How has "Read & Learn" improved or changed the digital reading experience? If you have seen earlier Dr. Seuss book apps, you'll know that most of the titles have little or no animation and limited interactivity. These Read more …


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