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The Fall Festival - Little Critter

October 16, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

Little Critter & his family celebrate Halloween ...

The Fall Festival by Mercer Mayer is one of the holiday-themed Little Critter titles, published in print in 2009 as part of the "New Adventures" series. The whole family is getting ready for a local festival in this book, detailing traditional activites from a fall country fair, like making apple cider, going on hayrides and even catapulting pumpkins . The digital version of this book also adds a new twist, keeping track as the young reader tries to find 16 spiders and 16 little mice hidden with the illustrations of nearly every page.

Many readers have asked, "What kind of animal is Little Critter?" According to Wikipedia, Mercer Mayer did not specify which type of animal the 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.

Like the Seuss books (also by Oceanhouse Media), this book is interactive in a way that enhances early reading skills. Most images (of mom, Little Critter and the people & things around them), will name themselves aloud while the word briefly appears over the illustration. For example, touch the catapult about to throw a pumpkin and the word "catapult" appears and is spoken aloud by the narrator. This book app also has great settings, including the ability to record your own narration, turn off sound effects or even interactivity.

For young readers and pre-readers, the text also highlights as the narrator says each word. The delightful child narrator is easy to understand and a perfect fit, since the story is told in the first-person by Little Critter. Overall, this is a great fall-themed read for children and perfect to prepare them for the Thanksgiving season.


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The Fall Festival - Little Critter

October 16, 2013

By: Carisa Kluver

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Gina and Mercer Mayer

Oceanhouse Media, Inc.

Length (time):
4 - 6 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: Yes

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: No

Age: 2 - 6 +

English •

Length (pages):
16 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Fall Festival - Little Critter

Join Little Critter and his family in this interactive book app on their exciting road trip to the Fall Festival! Explore pictures, learn new vocabulary, and personalize the story with your own narration. From apple picking to hayrides, discover how much fun the harvest season can be!

[Source: iTunes]


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Orientation: Landscape & Portrait

Format: Universal


Read to Me, Read Myself, AutoPlay, Record, Page Guide, News On/Off, Sound Effects/Interactions On/Off, Home, Links to: AppStore, FB, Twitter, Email, Web, Privacy Policy

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Size: 33.72 MB

Version: 2.3

Lite Version Available: No



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