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Oceanhouse Media Announces Sale of All Dr. Seuss Apps For One Week in Honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Oceanhouse Media Announces Sale of All Dr. Seuss Apps

For One Week in Honor of Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Three New Dr. Seuss Apps Also Released

Encinitas, Calif. — March 1, 2011 — Oceanhouse Media, Inc. announces the sale of its entire line of Dr. Seuss apps for one week in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and the National Education Association’s (NEA) Read Across America Day. Every Dr. Seuss app by the company originally priced at $1.99 – $3.99 will be discounted by 25-50% for an entire week.

Adding to the celebration is the release of the free Dr. Seuss Camera – Happy Birthday Edition iPhone app featuring 11 birthday cards. Using the iPhone’s built-in camera or Photo Library, cards can be personalized with stamps, borders and classic Seussian text, then emailed to friends and family or saved to the Photo Library.

Two new Dr. Seuss omBooksTM (Oceanhouse Media digital books) will also be released on March 2 for both Apple and AndroidTM devices. Happy Birthday to You! will be available at a special introductory price of $0.99. This is Dr. Seuss’s joyous ode to individuality, allowing readers to experience firsthand the thrill of celebrating a birthday as it is done in the land of Katroo.

The second new omBook being released is the highly anticipated The Cat in the Hat Comes Back available at $2.99 for one week. In this story, the mischievous cat spreads a big pink spot all over the house. When Little Cats A through Z are invited too, will they be a help or a hindrance?

The NEA’s Read Across America Day is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

“The NEA and Oceanhouse Media are two wonderful partners to help us commemorate Dr. Seuss’s birthday,” said Susan Brandt, President of Dr. Seuss Enterprises. “Both focus on promoting reading and literacy in children. Nothing would have made Dr. Seuss happier.”

Since releasing their first Dr. Seuss app, How The Grinch Stole Christmas!, just 15 months ago, Oceanhouse Media has seen seven of its Dr. Seuss omBooks reach the top spot in the Books category on the App Store. Other Dr. Seuss omBooks recently released include the popular Horton Hears A Who!, and the chart-topping Fox in Socks and I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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Horton Hears a Who Comes to the iPhone

Horton Hears a Who iconThe fine folks over at Oceanhouse Media have just announced their two latest releases: The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors and one of my favorite books, and movies to be honest, Dr. Seuss’s Horton Hears a Who!

Horton the Elephant hears a small speck of dust talking to him. It turns out the speck of dust is actually a tiny planet, home to a city called Who-ville, inhabited by tiny inhabitants known as Whos. Their Mayor asks Horton to protect them from harm, which Horton happily agrees to do, proclaiming throughout the book that “even though you can’t see or hear them at all, a person’s a person, no matter how small.

Oceanhouse Media  has set the standard for interactive books on mobile devices with their line of omBook apps.  Just like with all their other offerings, these newest editions to Oceanhouse’s library will educate and entertain young children and inspire and delight their parents.

Both The Berenstain Bears Love Their Neighbors and Dr. Seauss’s Horton Hears a Who are now available in the App Store.

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Top 10 iPhone Apps for Infants for 2010


Well, its that time again, to give out the list of the top apps I’ve been fortunate enough to use with Bug.  Consider all these that I list as tried and true apps, that I have used and are approved by Bug and that can save you as a parent when you have a squirming, impatient infant/toddler.  Some are new, some are from previous lists, but I consider this my top list for iPhone apps for infants for 2010.



Price: $1.99     Developer: Hog Bay Software

Yes, the concept is simple, buy hey, sometimes simple is better!  If you need a quick distraction for your little one, Bubbles is just the ticket for you.  All it is, is a simple app with animated bubbles that you pop by touching them.  An easy distraction for that squirming, impatient little man or lady.
Admittedly, the simplification of the app leaves a lot to be desired, such as different colors, but none the less, it does what you strive for it to do


Cat in the Hat

Price: $3.99     Developer: Oceanhouse Media

Dr Seuss’s Cat in the Hat is a musical, interactive version of the book we loved as children, but is now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Admittedly this might be slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.  The best part is that Oceanhouse Media is offering more and more apps based on children’s books, way too many to list here, so you’re not limited to just The Cat in the Hat


My Very First App

Price: $.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the first of 3 apps that make this list from Night & Day Studios (and let me say, they are not a sponsor and I’ve paid for these apps, these are simply apps that Bug loves and entertained with).  My Very First App is a fun and interactive educational app based on Eric Carle’s My Very First Books.  The apps comes with 3 levels – Easy (ages 1-3), Medium (ages 2-5), and Hard (ages 3-6) along with offering additional levels and options through in app purchases, giving this app long term value as your little one grows.


Old MacDonald Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu Publishing

Kiboomu Publishing also makes more then one appearance on this list as both apps have proven themselves, and just like with their first one, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Preschool Storybook Piano, Kiboomu has taken a favorite and classic children’s song, and put a fresh, entertaining, and equally educational spin on it.  Old MacDonald comes with the four modes that users of Twinkle Twinkle have become familiar with; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  What, in my opinion, sets Old MacDonald above Twinkle Twinkle are the entertaining images that accompany the song as it plays, along with, what we’ll call the “commentary” from the farmer himself.


Peekaboo Barn

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

This is the app that started it all and made me realize how important an entertaining and educational app could be to have! The second appearance on this list by Night & Day Studios offers fun, education and entertainment, an equation they seem to have mastered.   And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”.


Peekaboo Wild

Price: $1.99     Developer: Night & Day Studios

The first successful app to calm my daughter was the wonderful Peekaboo Barn.  Both Barn and the sequel app Peekaboo Wild offer a entertaining, colorful experience that can be completely controlled by your child.  Unlike similar apps that offer animal names and sounds, what Barn and Wild offer is a simplified interface that opens a wild world of fun for your child.  One touch of the screen will reveal the hidden animal, allowing your child to hear the sound the animal makes, then says its name.  A second touch takes that animal away, and resets to play peek-a-boo with the next animal.  The simplified navigation and function makes this an easy app to just load and hand over while driving, because once they figure it out, they love playing with it themselves.


Splish Splash Inn

Price: $.99     Developer: Short Stack

The app, in concept is simple, but in practice outshines all others.  Splish Splash Inn is self paced, as your child can select when and which door he/she wants to click next, only to enter the selected room and watch as they count a set number of a specific sea animal, not only helping with counting skills, but also throwing in a little marine biology in the mix (those sneaky Shortstack folks!)  I sometimes have to help Bug use this one, as its difficult for her to sometimes get back to the door selection screen, but its fun to listen to her trying to count with the narration, and enjoys touching the animals and seeing what noises each of them make.  If you haven’t checked this one out, this is a must have for your infant or toddler.


Toddler Counting

Price: $.99     Developer: iTot Apps

Designed by parents in coordination with preschool teachers, Toddler Counting helps teach basic counting skills, and even makes it fun for your toddler.  The basis is somewhat a combination of a few apps already on this list.  You are given a random number of animals on a screen, like “3 Bears” and the app counts, as you touch each bear.  A very simple app, that Bug has really started to enjoy as she’s learning to count, and keeps her attention as much as any other.


Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Piano

Price: $.99     Developer: Kiboomu

This is another one of those apps that has proven the test of time and that my daughter loves!  Its another one of those apps that you can just go to and let them loose with, letting them play the piano as the song plays, or mix and match.  The app comes with four separate modes play; Play Sing Along, Learn The Song, Karaoke Mode, and Freestyle Mode.  Each mode offers its own method to allow kids to learn this great classic song, giving this app the unique gift of having a renewing interest, even with kids that get bored quickly, allowing for separate methods of integration.


Velveteen Rabbit

Price: $3.99     Developer: Ruckus Media Group

If you’re looking for a unique and beautiful storybook app, Ruckus Media Group is the place to go!  Ruckus Media Group has began to feature some classic children’s books, that are absolutely gorgeous, some of the most beautiful apps I’ve ever seen, and up the aunty even more by having their storybook apps read by notable, actors, and accompanied by well-known musicians.  The app gives you the two typical options, where you can read to your child, or have the app read to them, but also offers a third option, which some parents might enjoy; you’re able to record yourself reading the story, for it to be played back to your child later.

Of course, as always, if you feel that I’ve missed an app, please comment below, as I always love finding new apps and/or have no issue with admitting when I’m wrong


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Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer comes to the App Store!

Oceanhouse Media, Inc. has announced the release of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer available for the first time as a digital book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

Encinitas, CA – The holiday classic is now available on the App Store for an introductory price of only $2.99. This universal app can be used on the iPad and iPhone for no additional charge and includes special high-resolution graphics for Retina displays.

Rudolph delivers the message that there are no misfits in life, for everyone has a special quality to share. As the story opens, Rudolph is outcast for his shiny red nose. All the other reindeer make fun of him and won’t let him play in their reindeer games. But when Christmas is almost cancelled because of a huge snowstorm, Rudolph comes to Santa’s rescue. His glowing nose lights the way, enabling Santa to deliver toys to all the little girls and boys!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer digital book includes background music and audio, enlarged artwork for each scene, and even audio clips from the timeless TV special!

To promote reading in young children, individual words are highlighted as the story is read. Word associations, professional narration and animated effects—like snow and Rudolph’s glowing nose—keep children engaged in the reading experience. By combining the original text and beautiful artwork with features that entertain and promote reading, this digital book appeals to readers of all ages.

“This timeless story has become an integral part of Christmas tradition,” said Jonathan Flom of Character Arts, LLC. “We are excited to make the Rudolph story available to today’s generation of kids and are thrilled by the quality experience that Oceanhouse Media’s apps provide.”

“With the holiday season quickly approaching we are excited to release this Christmas favorite as a digital book for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch,” said Michel Kripalani, President of Oceanhouse Media. “This story is a family favorite and we’re proud that this app provides educational value to children in a fun, interactive way.”

Oceanhouse Media, creators of the award-winning Dr. Seuss, Berenstain Bears and Hay House apps, have recently seen seven of their digital books reach the #1 rank for paid books on the App Store.

For more information on these products and direct links to the App store, please visit the Oceanhouse Media website.

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The Sneetches Arrive!!

Icon_Small_WhiteCornersYet again, Oceanhouse Media brightens my week!  A Dr. Seuss favorite “The Sneetches” is now available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch as an eBook!

Features available include professional narration, background audio a digital artwork, bringing each scene from the classic book into a new age.  To help promote early reading, each word is highlighted as the story is read, along with words that zoom up when the pictures are touched.  Highlighted by 3 ways to enjoy the book; Read to Me, Read it Myself, and Auto Play, this eBook appeals to readers of all ages!


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It’s Green Eggs and Ham 50th Anniversary – Go buy and app!!

Cover of "Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read ...

Cover via Amazon

This blog entry is Sam-I-Am approved

“Do you like green eggs and ham?” was first asked 50 years ago, on September 12th, 1960, and came from a bet between the author and his editor.  Now, in 2010, not only can you go out and buy the book and read it to your child, your child can listen to being read to them, while interacting with the images in a way that no one could have ever imagined when the 50 word story originally hit the stands.

Oceanhouse Media, Inc are the people to thank, for bring the genius of Dr Seuss to the “iBaby Generation” as an app for the iPhone and iPad.  I’ve written about some of the great apps that they have brought us, allowing for a reintroduction of our favorite Dr Seuss stories on a whole new medium, so why post again?  To bring attention not only to the Green Eggs and Ham app, but to bring attention to all 17 Dr Seuss related apps from the geniuses behind Oceanhouse Media, Inc, because they are dropping the price of their award-winning apps by 50% for a limited time starting today!

Oceanhouse Media’s Dr. Seuss related apps currently available in the App Store are:

  • Green Eggs and Ham eBook
  • The Cat in the Hat eBook
  • Dr. Seuss’s ABC eBook
  • One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish eBook
  • Yertle the Turtle eBook
  • Hop On Pop eBook
  • The Lorax eBook
  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas! eBook
  • Oh, the Places You’ll Go! eBook
  • Gertrude McFuzz eBook
  • The Big Brag eBook
  • Dr. Seuss Camera – The Cat in the Hat Edition
  • Dr. Seuss Camera – The Grinch Edition
  • Up With A Fish! kid’s game
  • Lorax Garden kid’s game
  • Grinchmas! kid’s game
  • Dr. Seuss Senders card deck

Not familiar with the apps from Oceanhouse Media, Inc?  Well here is a little overview of the different types of apps available:

Each interactive eBook combines the beautiful original artwork of Dr. Seuss with innovative features that promote reading in young children, including highlighted picture / word associations, professional narration with word highlighting and custom background audio. These apps have won numerous awards from Parent’s Choice Foundation and Children’s Technology Review and have received critical acclaim from users and journalists worldwide.

Dr. Seuss Camera apps allow users to create unique and whimsical photo cards using the iPhone’s built-in camera or Photo Library. Users can pose with or choose to become characters from the books. Cards can be personalized with comical and colorful stamps, borders and classic Seussian text and then e-mailed to friends and family or saved to the Photo Library.

Three addictive Dr. Seuss games are available. Up With A Fish! is a fun kid’s stacking game in which players help the Cat in the Hat stack falling objects atop his tower of fish bowls. Lorax Garden allows kids to design and build their own trees and flowers in real-time 3D in order to repopulate the world’s Truffula tree forests. And Grinchmas is a fun, casual game of skill and accuracy, which topped the charts in the App Store last holiday season.

Finally, the Dr. Seuss Senders app contains 100 cards with fun Seussian quotes and sayings that can be sent to anyone in need of inspiration, cheering up or just a smile for the day. Greetings from categories such as love, get-well, congratulations, etc. can be saved to your photo library or emailed to your little ones, grandkids, co-workers, parents, teachers and friends. For less than the price of a single, paper greeting card users get the entire set of 100 Dr. Seuss Senders in a single app.

If you’ve read my reviews before, you know I can’t suggest these apps enough.  I love them, not only for me but for my kids, and my niece and nephew, and the time I’m able to have with each of them playing around with these apps, reading the stories and interacting with the images.  As an added bonus, have found its turning into a gateway to getting kids that have played with the apps, to want to sit down and look at the “old-fashioned” paper bounded books that we all grew up with.

For more information on these products and direct links to the App store, please visit http://www.oceanhousemedia.com/drseuss.

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5 Great iPhone apps for infants and toddlers (yes infants)

Its a general rule for parents that you’ll find anyway possible to make your child happy, to get them to laugh, especially when you’re out in public or stuck in a car.  Although most people don’t see their iPhone as an entertainment tool for their infant, as a father of a 10 month old, I can tell you that a select handful of apps have saved me from a crying little girl and kept her entertained for how long I needed her to, and saved my sanity.

1. Peekaboo Wild

Image51 The current cream of the crop for me!  Peekaboo Wild from Night & Day Studios, Inc offers up a fun, colorful educational delight.  It gives your child the chance to learn the sounds and names of some of the animals of the wild, including elephant, lion, and hippo in either English or Spanish.  Offering colorful images and animation, along with animal sounds and the name of the animal, my little girl already knows how to use this app all on her own, and gets mad when the animals all are sleeping at the end.  At $1.99, it has been worth every penny!

2. Peekaboo Barn

Image1 The app that started it all, at least for me, also comes from Night & Day Studios, and offers the same fun, education and entertainment that Peekaboo Wild offers, only this covers farm animals, including a cow and a horse.  And once you’ve gone through all the animals with your child, how can you not smile when you hear the little girl say “wooooster”. Also at $1.99.

3. eliasZOO

Image3 eliasZoo comes from the same vein as Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild in that it covers animals, their names and sounds.  What eliasZOO offers though is 22 brightly colored animals that your child can poke at to hear the name and the sound they make.  My little girl loves this one just as much as the others, and it gives her a different group of animals that she can learn, see and hear.  (Plus, I never knew what sound a Unicorn made until I got this app). $1.99.

4. Old MacDonald & Itsy Bitsy Spider

omdicon1ibsiconBoth these apps come from Duck Duck Moose, along with Wheels on the Bus.  These apps take full advantage of the iPhone’s touch screen, allowing your child to explore each page of these colorful musical books.  Being able to play and sing along with your child makes this app a fun little moment to have with each other.  Although not as simple as the apps previously listed in terms of controls, my little girl still loves sitting in my lap as I get the book to move forward through the songs. Old MacDonald is $1.99, while Itsy Bitsy Spider only will cost you $.99.

5. The Cat in the Hat & Dr Seuss’s ABCs

Icon_Tiny_WhiteCornersj Icon_Tiny_WhiteCorners Both these apps come from Oceanhouse Media, where they offer up a couple more Dr Seuss inspired apps.  The Cat in the Hat and Dr Seuss’s ABCs are musical, interactive versions of the books we loved as children, now on your iPhone for the new tech savvy generation!  Like the apps from Duck Duck Moose, these are slightly more advanced for the smaller ones, but still great entertainment as they sit in your lap, and is a great way to introduce them to Dr Seuss in a new and entertaining way.

As parents, we’ve all been in a situation where we wish we had that magic wand to make our babies happy.  Well they might not quit be that magic wand, but these apps are simple, safe distractions for those times when you need it!

Do you or your child have a favorite app?  Any suggestions or input?  Feel free to leave any comments, as my little bug will be getting bigger and needing new ways to be entertained very soon I’m sure.


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