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Fox in Socks - Dr. Seuss
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Fox in Socks is a digital version of the classic Dr. Seuss tongue-twister book. There is one section that involves battling beetles hitting each other with paddles, and the fox gets shoved into a bottle, but otherwise the book is free of violence and other iffy content. The main page links to the other book apps by the developer.
Is it any good?
Oceanhouse Media has done a remarkable job with their digital book series, and FOX IN SOCKS is no exception. With three modes to choose from, children can have the book played out in its entirety, or have it read aloud but turn pages on their own, or simply read through the book themselves. Tapping on the pictures displays the names of objects and pronounces them, even if those words (such as the grass and sky in the background) aren't actually in the text of the story. The app automatically zooms and pans across illustrations so that readers can see the details even on a small screen.
Fox in Socks is a book of tongue-twisters, and the narrator does an excellent job of enunciating all the words clearly. The controls are easy and intuitive, and the app is an excellent and faithful translation of the beloved book.