The New Baby



Big brothers, sisters may like gentle Little Critter story.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

This is a book app and behaves much as one would expect. Kids may need to be told to swipe their finger to turn the page. There are also 15 mice that can be tapped throughout the story. Kids are rewarded at the end for tapping all of the mice, but there are no directions about this at the beginning of the book.

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The app has a link to the publisher's website where additional apps can be purchased. There is also a "News" feature, which can be turned off, that allows the publisher to display pop-up information (i.e., ads) to users when they open the app.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The New Baby is an ebook from the Little Critter series by Mercer Mayer. In it, Little Critter tries to play with his new baby sister, but isn't sure how. By the end of the book, Little Critter has learned some new ideas, including rocking the baby, snuggling her, tickling her, and taking her for walks. 

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THE NEW BABY is a cute story app and is of good quality, but there's nothing about it that will "wow" you -- it follows Oceanhouse Media's standard formula for storybook apps. Young kids will enjoy being able to tap on the different elements to see and hear the words. They may appreciate learning more about what kinds of things a baby enjoys, especially if they are about to become a big brother or sister.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Release date:January 13, 2011
Publisher:Oceanhouse Media
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later Android 2.1 and up

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