Thursday, April 5, 2012

Apps for Kids -- Little Critter, Collection #1 (Review)

Little Critter Collection #1 by Mercer Mayer

Little Critter Collection #1 features 10 popular Little Critter stories that lovingly address all the major issues of growing up. Children will easily identify with Little Critter's adventures as he maneuvers through childhood one day at a time.

  • All By Myself  -- Little Critter doesn't always do everything perfectly, but he always does the best he can.
  • I Just Forgot  -- On rainy days he remembers his raincoat but forgets his boots. At home he takes a bath but forgets to use soap. Poor Little Critter!
  • I Was So Mad -- He wanted to keep frogs in the tub but his mom said he couldn't. He wanted to paint the house but his Grandpa said no. Little Critter was SO mad.
  • Just Me and My Mom -- Little Critter enjoys a special day in the city with his mother. He means well, but gets himself in trouble all along the way.
  • Me Too! -- Little Sister tags along wherever he goes. Whether he's playing football with friends or hiding in his secret tree house, she always finds him. "Me too!," she says.
  • The New Potty -- This light-hearted story of common potty training frustrations encourages children to keep trying, just as Little Sister does.
  • Just Grandma and Me -- Little Critter becomes a good helper when he and grandma decide to spend a day at the beach!
  • Just for You -- Sweet Little Critter wants to do something special for his mom, but he's a little too little and a lot too silly to get anything quite right.
  • The New Baby -- At first, getting along with the new baby seemed like an impossible task, but soon enough Little Critter learns how to be a good big brother.
  • When I Get Bigger -- Little Critter day dreams about all the exciting things he'll do when he gets bigger like having a paper route and staying up late watching movies.
New features only available in this interactive omBook include professional narration, background audio and enlarged artwork for each scene. To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read and words zoom up when pictures are touched. By combining the original text and artwork of author Mercer Mayer with features that entertain and promote reading, this omBook appeals to readers of all ages.

Three ways to read this omBook:

  • * "Read to Me" — listen to the narrated story with words highlighted as they are read
  • * "Read it Myself" — read the book in its traditional form
  • * "Auto Play" — plays like a movie, automatically reading and turning pages. Great for younger children!

Additional Features:

  • * Picture / Word association — words zoom up and are spoken when pictures are touched
  • * Find the creature mini-game
  • * Individual words highlight and are read aloud when tapped
  • * Professional audio narration
  • * Custom background audio for each scene
  • * Pages pan & zoom to accentuate the beautiful, original art of Mercer Mayer
  • * This 'Universal App' is optimized for Retina displays and the iPad
  • * 10 omBooks in one! Conveniently switch between stories from the main menu

Other Little Critter apps:

Official Mercer Mayer licensed iPhone/iPod touch app:


My Thoughts:

I remember having these books read to me as a child, and they were also one of the first books I read as a beginner reader.  Now that I have two young daughters of my own, I was excited to see they have a Little Critter by Mercer Mayer app that I can share with them.  Savannah is into her Dad's iPad, and loves playing with new apps.  So, I couldn't wait to see her reaction, when we spent "Mommy and Me" time together these past few days and read and had read to us, Little Critter stories.  Savannah loves tapping on the illustrations and having the words spoken in regards to what she touched.  This is a great feature, which I know will help boost her vocabulary.  Since we began enjoying this app a few days ago, she is already saying water, potty, baby, etc.  

If you are a fan of Mercer Mayer's Little Critter, you will love this illustrated app, which takes illustrations straight from the classic storybooks and brings them to life. With ten books in one app, you and your child will be entertained for hours.  And, when you are done hearing or reading the stories, don't forget tot play the fun mini-game.  Savannah had a blast trying to find the creature.  And, this evening, Savannah chose to have a couple Little Critter stories read to her through the "auto play" mode.  You should have saw her face when the pages turned like magic. This is definitely an app that will be enjoyed over and over again.


Click here to order Little Critter, Collection #1 for only $11.99 from the iTunes App Store.

Disclosure:  I was sent a code to download this app for free, in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

1 comment :

  1. My kids love these books and we have a computer game for it too. This sounds like something that would be a great app to have. I just wish it was a little cheaper! Thanks for the review!