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Little Critter is a fun critter character created by Mercer Mayer. It first appeared in 1975 (the first book was 'Just for You') but it is still popular with kids and parents.
The 'Little Critter' book series for iPads and iPhones is produced by Oceanhouse Media.
The titles available for iPad and iPhone include such classics as Grandma, Grandpa, and Me, Happy Valentine’s Day, Just Lost and more (there are about 30 Little Critter book apps in the App Store at the moment).
All iPad and iPhone Little Critter books have the following features: 3 reading modes, professional narration, the 'tap to read' feature and more.
Here is our list of favorite Little Critter books. Enjoy!

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Little Critter Shapes

Little Critter Shapes
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 2.6.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social
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What it is and what you do with it: interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer introducing 10 shapes.

Explore the pages one by one (or using the Page Selector). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: the 'Find the Shape' quiz.

What we liked: original Little Critter artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration).

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations). The Find the Shapes activity could offer more variety and engagement.

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Little Critter Colors

Little Critter Colors
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 2.5

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer introducing 10 basic colors.

Explore the pages one by one (or using the Page Selector). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

What we liked: original Little Critter artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration).

What we didn't like: we wish there were more interactive features (apart from word-picture associations).

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Just a Little Music

Just a Little Music
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social
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What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 18 pages long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 19 mice and 19 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: no animations. The pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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The Lost Dinosaur Bone - Little Critter

The Lost Dinosaur Bone - Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 0.99$ (was 1.99$)
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 2.4

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social
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What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer. 19 pages.

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 19 mice and spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: no animations. The pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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The New Potty - Little Critter

The New Potty - Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 93/100

version reviewed: 2.5

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: the interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 21 pages long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 19 grasshoppers and 19 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the grashoppers/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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First Day of School - Little Critter

First Day of School - Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 92/100

version reviewed: 2.5

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 15 pages/scenes long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 14 mice and 15 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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Just A Big Storm

Just A Big Storm
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 92/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: the interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 21 pages long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 21 mice and 21 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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The New Potty - Little Critter - Android version

The New Potty - Little Critter - Android version
by Oceanhouse Media

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Overall Score: 92/100

version reviewed: 1.30

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: the interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 21 pages long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 19 grasshoppers and 19 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the grashoppers/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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Just A Day at the Pond

Just A Day at the Pond
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 1.99$
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iPhone + iPad

Overall Score: 92/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 20 pages long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 24 mice and 24 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: no animations. The pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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Grandma, Grandpa, and Me - Little Critter

Grandma, Grandpa, and Me - Little Critter
by Oceanhouse Media

Price: 1.99$
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Overall Score: 91/100

version reviewed: 2.6

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Language, Personal & social

What it is and what you do with it: an interactive version of the book by Mercer Mayer (about 18 pages/scenes long).

Three reading modes: listen to the narrated story with the words highlighted, read as a 'traditional' book and auto play (automatic reading and turning the pages). Tap on the pictures to hear the associated words read out.

Additional activity: find 18 mice and 18 spiders hidden in the pages.

What we liked: the story. Original artwork. Sounds and sound backgrounds. Good navigation and reading options (easy access to single pages, words are highlighted when read by the narrator etc.). Professional narration (plus the option to record and share your own narration). The spot the mice/spiders activity.

What we didn't like: the pages are very static (apart from zoom in/zoom out type animations).

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