We have been tracking Oceanhouse Media for quite some time at Good e-Reader and they are one of those companies that helps foster the next generation of readers. They have a huge library of interactive books, including an expansive Dr. Seuss line. They have just released the first edition in their ‘The Cat in the Hat’s Learning Library book series, There’s No Place Like Space! Based on the book by Tish Rabe, the Cat in the Hat arrives at the home of Sally and Dick and takes them on a trip through our solar system. Right now it is compatible with most iOS platforms such as the iPhone and iPad.
This new book is aimed at older children and teaches them all about the majestic solar system we live in. I am such a huge fan of astronomy and the universe at large and this book will help foster the love of space adventure. There are eight planets to visit and this ebook presents them all in an interactive way with the ‘Read Aloud’ feature that has a narrator voicing all the characters.
Not only is there the standard ‘Read Aloud’ feature in this book, but it has features where you can tap on an image and find expanded text. You can also tap on the text to enable expanded definitions and find out what various illustrated objects are. For example, you can tap on a piece of rock on the moon and find out all about it. Finally, a really fun new feature is the ability to “play” with the animations. Kids can tap and hold the Cat’s space ship to make it fly around, move planets, and even move the Cat, Things 1 & 2, and Dick and Sally. Kids can also tap stars to create constellations.
Michael Kozlowski is the Editor in Chief of Good e-Reader. He has been writing about audiobooks and e-readers for the past ten years. His articles have been picked up by major and local news sources and websites such as the CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and Verge.