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Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? - Dr. Seuss

June 9, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

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 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 semi-animated style. For interactivity, 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 Mr. Brown's hat and the word "hat" appears with audio saying “hat”). If the image tapped is also represented in the text on that page, the word will highlight as well.

in digital form this Seuss book app is even more fun that it was in print. It's also one of the shorter Seuss books, making it a nice bedtime read. I particularly like having it narrated and accompanied by the real sounds the words represent. A must for any digital bookshelf!

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Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? - Dr. Seuss

June 9, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Dr. Seuss

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8

English •

Length (pages):
34 Pages


Story Synopsis - Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? - Dr. Seuss

Mr. Brown Can Moo! Can You? is a 1970 children's book by Dr. Seuss. Mr. Brown goes "choo choo dibble dibble dopp dopp cock-a-doodle-doo" in this disarming and delightful call-and-response book from Dr. Seuss--and how about you? Mr. Brown could be kith and kin of the Cat in the Hat: He's a prankster, he can do marvelous things--he even has a crumpled top hat. Best of all, he can mimic the sound of goldfish kissing. [Summary from CommonSenseMedia.org]

Many of the Seuss titles that are aimed specifically at children learning to read were developed in an interesting way. Apparently, a list was compiled of 348 words that were important for first-graders to recognize, then cut to 250 words and the task was to write a book using only those words. They wanted Seuss to "bring back a book children can't put down." Nine months later, using 236 of the words given to him, he completed The Cat in the Hat. [Source:  Wikipedia]  


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Auto-Play, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, Sound Effects, Web & AppStore Links

App Release Date:


Size: 18.2 MB

Version: 1.08.1

Lite Version Available: Yes



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