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.
Accompanied by superb background audio, Seuss’ original illustrations appear bright and beautiful on the iPad screen, which shifts focus as the narrative advances. Navigation is smooth and responsive, and the menu button at the bottom makes all options easy to access, including page selection, hints, sound effects and narration options. Whether it is simply a rock or a “fish with a long curly nose,” tap anything in the illustrations, and identifying words zoom up and are voiced. The text itself is highlighted as it is read, and words can be repeated with a touch. Readers can read independently, listen to the professional narration or even let it run like a movie, but perhaps the best option is to record your own voice and share it with others who have the app.
Another solid Seuss adaptation from Oceanhouse, which allows readers to hook plenty of goodies. (iPad storybook app. 3-7)