The Cat in the Hat Review (Oceanhouse Media)

The Cat in the Hat
What It Is

Dr. Seuss' classic 1957 picture book The Cat in the Hat comes to life in a new way in an iOS and Android ebook/app version from Oceanhouse Media. In 1957, Theodore Geisel changed children's books forever with the publication of The Cat in the Hat under the name Dr. Seuss. This now classic story did more to merely entertain kids. It included 225 early reader words, and through rhyme and repetition, has delighted generations of young and emergent readers.

This app gives you the story in three modes: Read to Me, in which the narrator reads the story and the reader moves the story along by swiping his finger to turn the pages; Read it Myself, which has sound effects but no narrator or highlighting of words; and Auto Play, which allows the book to play through for the child to follow along. Each of these is appropriate for the different levels of the learning and reading process.

There are lots of things to explore, as well, as kids touch the different pictures and see the words associated with them. Kids also have the option to make their own recording of the story and choose that as the narration for Auto Play.

Is It Fun?

We really like the reproduction of the original artwork, the gentle pace of the story, and that it puts the user in charge of the experience. Tapping the pictures to see their words takes advantage of the way kids naturally play with apps without getting in the way of the story. This is an excellent companion to the printed book (and we think a lot of families will want both), and it's very well done. For the most part, the navigation is intuitive and kids and adults will quickly learn how to get around in the app and have a new way of experiencing this exceptional story that combines action, adventure, naughtiness, and just enough of a moral lesson about cleaning up after yourself.

Who It’s For

The Cat in the Hat is for ages 3-6.

What To Be Aware Of

We do wish you could exit the Auto Play mode without having to hit the home button on the iPad, but that's a very small complaint.

This app is compatible with iOS and Android devices.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Learning Curve