The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – Dr. Seuss app is a modern version of the classic and humorous story originally written by Dr. Seuss in the late 1930s. This digital version really comes to life on your iPhone and iPad thanks to Oceanhouse Media, the app developer. Now, a whole new generation of kids can enjoy reading about the comical, but life-threatening problem that Bartholomew Cubbins encounters when he is unable to remove his hat for King Derwin – or should I say hats? The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins app is professionally narrated, has 3 reading modes (Read to Me, Read it Myself, and AutoPlay), and fun word-learning animation. There’s even the option to customize this Dr. Seuss book and record your own voice as the narration for the story.
There is a lot to like about the 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins app, starting with the original Dr. Seuss artwork and storyline down to the playful and fun music and sounds. However, it’s the awesome narration done by John Bell that caught my attention. His captivating enthusiasm and ability to tell the story and deliver the line’s of all the characters is what makes this Dr. Seuss story really shine.
The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins app was designed for kids 6-12 years of age, and provides a nice book reading experience with minimal animation. There are simple page turn animations, highlighted text, and a special “picture/word association” feature. The picture/word feature is a fun way to learn vocabulary words from the story as your kids read through the book. When your kids tap on images, they’ll see large red-lettered words leap off the page and hear these words spoken. However, word animations throughout the story will be seen, but not heard while the narration is active. Words are also highlighted in red as the narrator tells the story, allowing kids to easily follow along. This is great for early readers. There is also a great side-scrolling book index feature that lets you quickly find and go directly to any page you want in this book.
The graphics in The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins – Dr. Seuss app are the traditional black and white artwork like the classic hard cover storybook we all know and love. As a matter of fact, everything is black and white except for the multiplying red hats that are leaving a never ending trail throughout the story, and the highlighted red words. Your kids should enjoy following along and listening to the wonderful narration, fun music and background sounds as the crazy multiplying hat adventure unfolds.
One nice feature common to Oceanhouse Media books is the option to record your own voice, or that of your child’s. Kids will love becoming the narrator of the story. It’s a great learning tool to help kids improve their reading, listening and speaking skills, as well as build confidence. This recording feature is also a great way to keep parents and kids connected, especially when you can’t be home to retell the story in person.
Now you and your kids can read all about Bartholomew Cubbins and the crazy hat adventure by downloading this classic Dr. Seuss storybook for the iPhone, iPad and Android using the App Store links below.