Just Saving My Money - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.
Just Saving My Money - Little Critter, by Mercer Mayer is one of the New Adventures series of Little Critter titles, published in print in 2010. In this title, Little Critter wants a new skateboard so his dad asks if he has saved any money. Starting with a jar of coins, Little Critter then learns about working to earn and save more money until he has enough for the thing he wants to buy . The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find all 22 of the little mice and spiders 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 Read more …
Gone Wishing - Interactive Storybook by FI Produkcija D.O.O.

This is an exceptional new book app featuring an original story about a company, called Best Wishes, that lies below our world, taking the discarded wishing-well coins, birthday candles (and other 'wishing' objects like wishbones) to make the dreams attached to each object come true. These pleas are answered in an alternate universe where mythical characters (like fairies & genies) use potions and incantations to work magic - filling wishes for toys, ponies and even cotton candy.

The starring character, Jacob, is a little genie with a big problem. Unlike all the other employees of Best Wishes, Jacob can't seem to grant a single wish. Special effects and polished animation make Read more …

Just Me and My Mom - Little Critter by Oceanhouse Media

Just Me and My Mom by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1990. It is a beloved story about 'Little Critter' and his mom spending the day together in the city. They take the train and visit lots of places where Little Critter innocently tests his mother's patience. He touches exhibits at the museums, gets them kicked out of a nice restaurant and even loses their train tickets. In the end, though, Little Critter snuggles close to his mom and falls asleep happily on the way home, cherishing the day out with just him and his mom.

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 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 Lettermen go to the Shops by SN Squared Limited

This fun digital storybook under the category "Education" is interactive in a way that not only makes reading fun, but reinforces spelling, reading and sight words. The 'lettermen' themselves are simple but engaging cartoon letters with hands and feet. They are very appealing to kids and have great expressions that match the words they are forming on each page. This tale has the 'lettermen' going shopping. The narration is a British English speaker and is crisp and clear.

The Lettermen was a series of books created in the late 1980's by Roger Knights. This book was published in print in 1993. According to the information page in the book, "It was never intended to be an educational system Read more …

The Berenstain Bears and the Tooth Fairy by Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

There have been hundreds of Berenstain Bears stories published since the first one debuted 1962. Tooth Fairy is one of HarperCollins square paperback series, published in 2012. 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 young Read more …

Gus’ Little Coin by ZANZIBOOK

This is an enchanting story about a little boy and his coin collection. He has coins from all over the world and different eras, but his favorite is a shiny new coin that was given to him as a baby, minted the year he was born. But one day his desire for a coconut cupcake leads him to spend this shiny coin with instant regret. Now the coin is on a long journey traveling the world as it is spent over and over.

This little app has a unique approach to storytelling, featuring small touches of well-done animation along with musical numbers interspersed throughout the story. As a digital title, it feels exceptionally polished, like watching a lightly animated film. The default mode is autoplay, Read more …

The Year of the Dragon in 3D - A Peek 'n Play Story App by Mobad Games

This is another top notch animated title from Mobad Media, just in time for Chinese New Year! It features scenes that tilt for a 3D effect when the device is moved, lots of interactivity and a story that will engage kids from start to finish. It even includes some great extras, featuring information about the Chinese Zodiac and a series of hidden coins children can find while exploring each page.

Dominic is a young dragon that wants to enter the community boat race with his friend Bo and an assortment of characters representing the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. When no one will help the young crew learn how to paddle, they don't give up. In the end, Dominic saves the day with some Read more …


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