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Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

August 8, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

A perfect digital bedtime story for kids over 6!

Fifty years ago this month, Dr. Seuss published this popular bedtime story, now available in a beautiful digital presentation from Oceanhouse Media. Starting with a very small bug (named Van Vleck) to the Zizzer-Zoof Seed salesmen, children will be enthralled by the detailed and imaginative illustrations in this book. Screen after colorful screen shows sleepers of every shape and size, adding up a "Who's-Asleep-Score" that needs just one more (the reader).

Many adults treasure a favorite title from Seuss' prolific collection of picture books, written in the latter half of the 20th century. After reviewing dozens of these classics in app form, I am delighted to finally review the Seuss I love best. I still remember the detailed pictures, the funny buildings, creatures and unique ways of getting to sleep. The hordes of fanciful 'sleepers' that inhabit this title can even reassure a child having sleep difficulties, since it certainly shows a wide diversity of night-time habits! And those creatures yawning are just as contagious in digital as they were in print; as my little boy snuggled close for this fabulous bedtime story, we both yawned within a minute of opening the app.

These book app versions of Dr. Seuss usually have no real animation, although most of the items pictured in the story react to a light tap with a visual image of the word, with accompanying audio. For example, tap on the moon and the word "moon" appears with audio saying “moon”. If the word is also present in the text, it highlights there as well, providing lots of visual reinforcement for young readers. These interactions are fun, but do repeat indefinitely, presenting a distraction to some children. It would be useful to have a way to turn off interactivity in these OmBooks, especially for night-time and classroom use.

This title also has great narration with word-by-word highlighting. This includes 'tap-to-hear' for individual words, even in the 'Read Myself' mode. Many Dr. Seuss books are designed for children learning to read and while this title goes beyond 'sight' words, it should be an accessible read for kids 6-8+ on their own. For younger children (and adults who would rather listen, instead of getting tongue-tied), narration is a great option. Bedtime reading, even though this title is over 15 minutes on auto-play, is ideal, given the subject matter. Classroom ideas are all over the web, too, including using this book when learning about sleep, dreams or for creative writing inspiration.

Overall, this is a stellar digital offering and a 'must-download' app for any children's digital library. The only thing it desperately needs is a page-guide, since at 80 gorgeous pages, children (and admittedly, this adult) may want to find a favorite scene. If you loved this book in print, get it now. And if you've never read The Sleep Book? Don't delay, but you might want to wait until close to bedtime to read it. Seuss' well-crafted verse is at its finest in this title, ending with just two simple words on a blank page - Good Night. Highly 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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Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

August 8, 2012

By: Carisa Kluver

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Dr. Seuss

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
15 - 20 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 3 - 9 +

English •

Length (pages):
80 Pages


Story Synopsis - Dr. Seuss’s Sleep Book

Dr. Seuss's Sleep Book is a 1962 children's book by Dr. Seuss. Plot synopsis:

This book begins with a small bug, named Van Vleck, yawning. This yawn spreads (as yawns are terribly contagious) and then the book follows various creatures, including the Foona Lagoona Baboona, the Collaspable Frink, the Chippendale Mupp, The Oft, and the Krandles, throughout the lands who are sleeping, or preparing to sleep. Towards the end of the book the sleepers in the world are recorded by a special machine ("The Audio Telly O-Tally O-Count"). A Warning is printed on the inside cover of the book that "this book is to be read in bed" as it is intended to put children to sleep. The final line of the book is a simple, unmetered "Good night". [Source: Wikipedia]


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


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

App Release Date:


Size: 38.66 MB

Version: 1.08

Lite Version Available: No



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