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I Just Forgot - Little Critter

May 1, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

With so much to remember, it's easy to forget ...

I Just Forgot by Mercer Mayer was published in print in 1988. It is a beloved story about Little Critter as he tackles a challenge every young child must take on ... remembering things for themselves. And he does a great job for a little guy, getting his own breakfast and heading out to the bus on his own. But he still needs his mom to remind him to make his bed, put the milk away, and bring his lunch. By night-time, Little Critter has had a full day of forgetting (and remembering) before the one thing he'd never forget ... his bedtime story!

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal Little Critter is, but "he resembles a hedgehog, hamster or guinea pig." So, basically he's a rodent ... although a rather lovable one! Over 200 books have been released in this popular series, not to mention a whole line of toys, dvds and other products.

This digital version adds a new twist, having the reader try to find all the little mice (22 in all) and cute spiders (17 in all) hidden on every page. When the child taps on a mouse or spider, a chime sounds; at the end of the book, a page is displayed with the number of mice & spiders (of the total) successfully found. This little extra was a big hit with my kid and made re-reading a bit more fun. As a parent, I liked this interactivity because it rewarded my child for paying attention, although it did distract from the story on the first reading.

Like other omBooks by Oceanhouse Media, this app is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, sister, dad, Little Critter and many items in each scene), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch a mouse and the word "mouse" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. If the word is also present in the text on that page, it highlights as spoken, providing nice auditory/visual word-reinforcement for young learners.

For early readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. By the way, the young voice-actor is also easy to understand. I particularly liked the choice of child narration in the Little Critter book apps, since the story is told in the first-person. Overall, this is a cute book and a great read for children six and under. Recommended!

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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I Just Forgot - Little Critter

May 1, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Mercer Mayer

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
6 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 6 +

English •

Length (pages):
28 Pages


Story Synopsis - I Just Forgot - Little Critter

Little Critter remembers lots of things, but sometimes he also forgets ... he remebers to brush his teeth, but forgets to make his bed in the morning, for instance. Then he puts his dishes away after breakfast, but leaves the milk out. Each stage of the day is like this, with some things successfully remembered, but other important things left for his mom to remind him. He gets himself on the school bus, but forgets his lunch ... Mom runs it out to him, of course.

After a big day of remembering and forgeting, Little Critter gets ready for bed. He forgets to pick up his toys and turn off the tub (oops, overflowing water!) but he doesn't forget the most important night-time ritual - the bedtime story with Mom.


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


Autoplay, Read-it-myself, Read-to-me, News on/off, Sound on/off, Links to: Web, AppStore, Facebook, Twitter

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Size: 16.34 MB

Version: 1.08.3

Lite Version Available: No



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