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On Beyond Bugs!: All About Insects

On Beyond Bugs!: All About Insects

Fall 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 10 yrs.
Download Price: $5.99
Platform: iPad

On Beyond Bugs is an eBook app beautifully designed by Oceanhouse Media. Parents and children can choose to have the book read to them by the narrator, or they can choose to read it themselves. The included narration is professional and very well done—a funny, very "Seussian," male voice.

Each screen and section is illustrated in classic Dr. Seuss style and has a plethora of interactive components. This type of interaction is expected by children, and this app delivers on that expectation very well. Clicking items usually brings up an audio narration saying the name of the object along with the word appearing and animating on screen. Some items open a popup window that provides nicely detailed, but still simple, information about specific insects which is very informative. There is more information provided than a child could explore in a single reading. Even parents learned lots of new information!

This app has more features and extras than a child could explore in one sitting. One feature became a favorite of our evaluators, though. Users can either listen to the included narration, or they can record and play back their own voice reading the story. This would be great for a parent to record their own voice reading the book so that their child can listen to them tell the story at anytime—perhaps Mom or Dad is away on business for example.

On Beyond Bugs does justice to the original Dr. Seuss book upon which it is based. The price point is on the higher end for a young children's eBook, but in this case it is completely justified and worth every penny.

Tim Leverett   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Tim Leverett is an entrepreneur living in Rochester, NY. Tim created the Giggles Computer Funtime For Baby Software Series and Club Toddler, and is considered an expert in children's media and software products. He is dad to an 11 year old boy and has many nieces and nephews spanning the ages of newborn to 19 years old.

Look for this product at:
Oceanhouse Media
Available on iTunes

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