Posted by Ellis Spice on July 22nd, 2014 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
It is now Summer, what a wonderful time, so I bring you news, that will mostly rhyme.
Oceanhouse Media want kids to read, whilst home this season, so thus there’s a sale, if you needed a reason. Over twenty apps, now cheaper to get, most down a dollar, others further yet. They’re about science concepts, aimed at ages five to eight, featuring the Cat in the Hat, which is pretty great. They’ll teach your kids, whilst they rhyme, which is pretty impressive, doing both at the same time.
The list of apps can be found below, just in case you wanted to know:
I am excited to let readers know about the important sale that Oceanhouse Media will be having from Friday, February 28, through Thursday, March 6, discounting their entire library of Dr. Seuss apps – including both the classic Dr. Seuss titles as well as apps from The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library, all to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s birthday on March 2nd. Personally, I can tell readers that during the years before I had the opportunity to review applications I would take full advantage of this annual super-Seuss sale, gathering titles for my son at a wonderful discount that allowed me to try stories with I was not familiar for little financial risk and with great success, creating new family-favorite tales that I thoroughly enjoy to this day.
I greatly appreciate being able to listen to the optional professional narration included within each of these apps as I honestly find much of Dr. Seuss difficult to effectively read out loud. Subtle, pitch-perfect sound effects can be found within these adaptations of which I quite fond, adding new dimensions to these timeless titles. The original illustrations are included within and look bright and appealing against the backlit screens of the iPad or iPhone. Children will benefit from the highlighted text as well as the ability to tap a word to hear pronunciations if extra help is needed while reading as well as other features associated with these applications.
For the first time, this sale includes each of the 44 classic storybooks by Dr. Seuss and those from the related The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library; including Oceanhouse Media’s anthology applications Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection 1 and 2, Dr. Seuss Short Story Collection, I Can Lick 30 Tigers Today! and Other Stories – Dr. Seuss and The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories – Dr. Seuss. Enjoy 80% off of five of Oceanhouse Media’s most popular Dr. Seuss apps, as well as one dollar off other titles and special pricing for the storybook collection apps. These thoughtfully narrated Dr. Seuss apps have allowed me to sit back and listen to these stories along with my child, and I can say that I enjoy these storybook apps sometimes more than even he may, making this yearly sale truly wonderful.
Hit the jump to see all of the Oceanhouse Media titles on sale or head to the App Store directly to check out their full list.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 21st, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
I Love You Too – Ziggy Marley is a new app based on Ziggy Marley’s children’s book I Love You Too. The interactive book app is narrated by Ziggy and lets children view pictures, learn vocabulary, and personalize the experience with their own narration. It also lets users sing along with Mr. Marley.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on November 18th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Angels Around Us from Chicken Soup for the Soul is the first in a series of new apps from Chicken Soup for the Soul – offering 21 stories that bring comfort, happiness, and inspiration. The app features a personal journal to record your own experiences, quotes, story audio, and soul work that can be shared with friends and family through email or Facebook. Angels Around Us is available for $2.99, and more apps from the series will be available soon.
Posted by Andrew Stevens on June 13th, 2013 + Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Scrambled Eggs Super! – Dr. Seuss is a new book app that’s been released by Oceanhouse Media, its 300th mobile app release. That’s quite a few apps!
Anyway, this app is appropriate for kids between the ages of 3 and 9, telling a story about young Peter T. Hooper as he travels to new places in search of the perfect ingredients for his “scrambled eggs super-de-dooper-dee-booper special de luxe,” as it says on the app store.
Well, doesn’t that sound super-de-dooper-dee-booper-ee-freakin-dee-jaffa-kree special!
“If you want to get eggs you can’t buy at a store,
You have to do things never thought of before.
Why, to get at the egg of one very small Dawf,
We had to pry all of one mountain’s top off!”
Yawns, as we all know, are contagious. But getting a round of them going for preschoolers at bedtime or nap time isn’t easy. Dr. Seuss and Oceanhouse Media, the iOS publishers of his catalog, have something that might help make little ones sleepy, and certainly will entertain them, while teaching them pre-reading skills on the side.
Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book tracks a single yawn that spreads to “Seussian” characters ninety-nine zillion, nine trillion and three times over. Now that should be enough to get even the most stubborn child’s lids drooping a little.
Like all digital children’s books in the Ohm Books catalog, the app is universal and focuses its attention where Mr. Geisel would want it – on the story. The artwork is the original, of course, and there are very few features distracting or detracting from it. What digital goodies there are focus on pre-reading skills like word-object association. There are three reading modes from fully automated and professionally narrated, to read-alone with tappable words to learn how to pronounce them with a minimum of frustration.
Kid-lit publisher Oceanhouse Media may not be a household name, but the catalog of children’s books they own the rights to are. They include, amongst others, Eileen Christelow’s Five Little Monkeys series, the beloved Berenstain Bears and, most notably, the collected works of Dr. Seuss. The universal apps are minimally digitized, focusing on the words, illustrations and learn-to-read features.
Last week they announced a second collection of Seuss titles, five in all, in a single package priced at $11.99. The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #2 contains:
Green Eggs and Ham
Dr. Seuss’s ABC
The Cat in the Hat Comes Back
There’s a Wocket in my Pocket!
Hop on Pop
They also released a lesser known title, The Shape of Me and Other Stuff, in which the guru of children’s literature waxes nonsensically poetic on “The shape of you the shape of me the shape of everything I see . . . a bug . . . a balloon, a bed, a bike. No shapes are ever quite alike.” The app is currently on sale for $1.99.
For young readers – and their parents – the new collection offers a great savings on classic Seuss titles, and the new release is ideal for pre-readers to enjoy.
Ridiculous and physically impossible musical instruments, with equally ridiculous and physically impossible names, can only mean one thing: Dr. Seuss. Or in this case, a Dr. Seuss Band.
Players can choose from a set of five different horns, then decide whether they’d like to mess around making their own music or try to go for the high score while recreating tunes from one of ten original songs from Hop on Pop to The Cat in the Hat. The sounds each horn makes can be tweaked by adding bizarre attechments such as fishbowls and train whistles, which fits right in, honestly. It’s even possible to exchange various horn parts to create some truly weird… things that make noise.
This suitable-for-all-ages piece of musically interactive childhood has just recently seen a price drop, so now anyone can compose their own Seussian melodies on their iOS device for free. Sounds awfully tempting…
Having spent a decent portion of my retail career involved in the children’s section of a bookstore, I think I have a solid grasp of what makes for popular literature among parents and their children. There’s always one or two “flavors of the week,” but there are also those that always sell. Where the Wild Things Are. The Velveteen Rabbit. Virtually anything written by Mo Willems or Sandra Boynton. Sitting proudly at the top of this list are the works of the undisputed monarch of children’s literature, Dr. Seuss.
Theodor Seuss Geisel‘s stories have been adapted for all manner of medium, not surprisingly including iOS. Oceanhouse Media has been offering special adaptations, referred to as “omBooks” for portable Apple devices for quite a while now. These special not-quite-ebooks allow users to flip through their virtual pages normally, have the stories read to them at a set pace (not unlike a movie) or a hybrid of the two that narrates while emphasizing key words.
While individual Seuss classics have been available in this form for quite some time, Oceanhouse has released their first-even multi-title collection. The Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1 features five of (arguably) his most well-known works: The Cat in the Hat, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The FOOT Book, Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You? and Fox in Socks. Five classics, no waiting. Well, depending on one’s WiFi speed, anyway.
This collection is on the App Store right now for $11.99. I know it may seem like a lot, but buying each of these omBooks individually would cost around $15 or so. And that’s after the price drops in celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Anyone with an appreciation for all things Seuss should certainly check this out.