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Just Grandpa and Me - Little Critter

June 5, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A fun day with grandpa and little critter ...

Just Grandpa & Me by Mercer Mayer was one of the first Little Critter books, published in print in 1983. In this title, Little Critter needs a new suit, so his mom and grandfather take him shopping. Grandpa seems to get in as much trouble with mom as Little Critter does, making for fun mischief with masterful storytelling. The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the reader tries to find all the little grasshoppers 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 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 this popular series, not to mention a whole line of toys, dvds and other products.

Like the Seuss books (also by Oceanhouse Media), this book is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, Little Critter and the people & things around them), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch the hat on Mom's head and the word "hat" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. This book app also has great settings, including the ability to record your own narration, turn off sound effects or even interactivity.

For young readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. The delightful child narrator is easy to understand and a perfect fit, since the story is told in the first-person by Little Critter. Featuring the bond between a little boy and his grandfather, this title will enchant young and old alike.


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Just Grandpa and Me - Little Critter

June 5, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Mercer Mayer

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 8 +

English •

Length (pages):
18 Pages


Story Synopsis - Just Grandpa and Me - Little Critter

In this sweet and sentimental story, Little Critter and his Grandpa go on a shopping expedition for a new suit. The day is filled with exciting events for the adventurous Little Critter and his loving (and patient!) Grandpa. Little Critter proudly tells how he keeps a watchful eye on his Grandpa throughout the day. The amusing illustrations, however, show a slightly different story!

[Source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links to: AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

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Size: 23.61 MB

Version: 2.1

Lite Version Available: No



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