Books by Oceanhouse Media

SABER-TOOTH TRAP by Dawn Bentley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 10, 2013

"This straightforward app will appeal to young readers fascinated by the prehistoric period. (iPad informational app. 4-8)"
A prehistoric saber-toothed cat roams in search of his next meal in this introduction for preschoolers. Read full book review >
CHRIS P. BACON by Oceanhouse Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Dec. 3, 2013

"Smooth of presentation, if simple of message; the very small, very pink, very photogenic piggy in the lead role helps to compensate for his saccharine delivery. (photo album appended) (iPad storybook app. 5-8)"
Paired with a mix of snapshots and cartoon art, a (real) piglet born without functional hind legs offers a sugary memoir retracing his climb to YouTube and TV celebrity. Read full book review >
I LOVE YOU TOO by Ziggy Marley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Nov. 21, 2013

"Nevertheless, while the repetitive refrains pile up near the beginning and the end, the message is one kids will probably never tire of hearing: "I love you too / I love you too / I tell you I love you." (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
A song-turned-storybook app from the second track on Marley's Grammy-winning children's album, Family Time. Read full book review >
BYRON BARTON COLLECTION #1 by Byron Barton
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: June 18, 2013

Barton's books about transportation are notable for their spare simplicity and bright pop-art illustrations; here, four gain added value with features that both entertain and encourage reading skills.

Introducing the setting for each mode of transport, the books open simply: "On the road," "In the sky," etc. Each subsequent page then highlights a different type of truck, airplane, etc., and with a true minimum of words conveys a good bit of information about their functions. Read full book review >

ON BEYOND BUGS by Oceanhouse Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 29, 2013

"A solid once-over, with systematic digital enhancements that will draw a buzz from newly independent readers. (iPad informational app. 5-8)"
A tap-happy reader's dream guide to common insects—presented by Thing 1 and Thing 2 with the Cat in the Hat as impresario. Read full book review >
JUST ME AND MY LITTLE BROTHER by Mercer Mayer
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: March 11, 2013

"By this time, both Little Critter and the "omBook" are tried-and-true brands, so there's a feeling of sameness about both story and treatment that will reassure many children even as it, perhaps, fails to thrill their parents. (iPad storybook app. 2-5)"
Oceanhouse applies its characteristically clean treatment to a Mayer standard. Read full book review >
MCELLIGOT'S POOL by Dr. Seuss
by Dr. Seuss, illustrated by Dr. Seuss, developed by Oceanhouse Media
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Jan. 9, 2013

"Another solid Seuss adaptation from Oceanhouse, which allows readers to hook plenty of goodies. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)"
In this iPad adaptation of the Seuss classic, a young fisherman is undeterred by the warning that there is nothing but trash where he is fishing. A little imagination and a lot of Seuss-ian descriptives make this a productive expedition indeed. Read full book review >
THE BIPPOLO SEED AND OTHER LOST STORIES by Dr. Seuss
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: Sept. 27, 2011

"Overall, the disappointingly bland treatment stifles the Seussian silliness readers expect. (iPad storybook app. 6-9)"
This "omBook" adaptation of the newly released posthumous collection of seven Seuss stories is a sadly telling demonstration of the dangers of one-size-fits-all app development. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A POTTY - GIRL by Alona Frankel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 31, 2011

"A familiar story and illustrations enhanced with interactivity give this classic new life. (iPad storybook app. 1-3)"
Interactive and entertaining, this 1975 classic that has been introducing kids to the potty for years adapts well to the iPad, integrating amusing sound effects, interesting use of page transition and even a sing-a-long. Read full book review >
ONCE UPON A POTTY - BOY by Alona Frankel
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 31, 2011

"A familiar story and illustrations enhanced with interactivity give this classic new life. (iPad storybook app. 1-3)"
Interactive and entertaining, this 1975 classic that has been introducing kids to the potty for years adapts well to the iPad, integrating amusing sound effects, interesting use of page transition and even a sing-a-long. Read full book review >
ELMER'S SPECIAL DAY by David McKee
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: May 9, 2011

The patchwork pachyderm again finds a way to wage peace.

Featuring appropriate audio effects, this digital version of the 2009 episode starts off with a noise issue when the elephants duding themselves up for Elmer's special parade get a little overexcited. Read full book review >

IT'S TYRANNOSAURUS REX! by Dawn Bentley
IPAD BOOK APPS
Released: April 19, 2011

"Interactive features are so limited that, platform aside, there isn't much to choose between this and the print edition. (iPad informational storybook app. 7-9)"
A melodramatic but gore-free introduction to T. Rex for younger and weak-stomached dino-fans. Read full book review >
GREEN EGGS & HAM by Dr. Seuss
IPAD BOOK APPS

Some stories never grow old. Read full book review >
IPAD BOOK APPS

Mike Berenstain continues his parents' franchise with an evangelical emphasis in books and now in apps. Read full book review >
JUST GRANDMA AND ME by Mercer Mayer
IPAD BOOK APPS

Mercer Mayer's Little Critter visits the beach with his grandmother, who, like all of Critter's family, has plenty of patience for his good-natured mischief. Read full book review >
TACKY THE PENGUIN by Helen Lester
IPAD BOOK APPS

Tacky the Penguin wears loud shirts and sings horribly, a contrast to the perfect, preened members of his flock (who've got names like "Neatly" and "Perfect"). Read full book review >