The Cat in the Hat

App review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Perfect adaptation of classic Dr. Seuss mischief-maker.

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Ease of play

This is a perfectly designed ebook app that allows pages to be turns with a flick of the finger (anywhere on the screen) and new words to be discovered with just a tap.

Violence & scariness

The boy and girl in the story are made very nervous about the damage done to their home by the cat and his Things, which could upset some young readers as well. However, all is fixed at the end when the cat cleans up his mess.

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Consumerism

A button on the homepage brings you to a store screen, where you can purchase more Dr. Seuss apps.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this wonderful ebook adaptation of Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is very faithful to the original beloved picture book. The Cat in the Hat is a charmingly funny rascal who creates a mess in the kids house while their parents are away. In the end, he cleans up his mess and is remorseful. Parents will probably want to deal with the story's message about two kids who let a stranger into their house because he promises them some fun. However, this story is such a delight to read with its great use of language, funny graphics, and the Cat's hilarious over-the-top antics.

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Is it any good?

Oceanhouse Media has established the benchmark by which all mobile books apps should be judged. Their version of Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT is no exception. It's a marvelous picture book adaptation that is masterfully performed, easy to follow, and has a great educational bonus with its "tap words" feature. The original story -- which has always been perhaps Seuss's most famous -- is well presented here. This app is great.

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For kids who love Dr. Seuss

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