The best Dr. Seuss books and apps

Feb. 24, 2012 at 6:58 AM ET

By Alex Porter


The books of beloved children’s author and illustrator, Dr. Seuss, have stood the test of time. His earliest work was published over 60 years ago, and many have comfortably made the transition to digital. In honor of the doc’s birthday — he’d be 108 on March 2 — we offer a roundup of some of the best Dr. Seuss e-books and games.

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The Lorax

(iPad/iPhoneNook Color, Android/Kindle Fire – $3.99)

This environmental allegory continues to be a favorite Seuss tale, with a 3-D film hitting theaters next month. This interactive version, typical of all of the Seuss titles by Oceanhouse Media, gives young readers plenty to do without overwhelming them with bells and whistles. Dr Seuss’s sweet story and distinctive art are the focus. As they should be.

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Dr. Seuss Beginner Book Collection #1

(iPad/iPhone, Android/Kindle Fire – $11.99)

You can buy all these titles individually, though you save a few dollars buying the bundle of five here: “The Cat in the Hat,” “One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,” “The Foot Book,” “Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You” and “Fox in Sox.” The set supplies a good range of difficulty for beginning and early readers, too.

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The Blippolo See and Other Lost Stories

(iPad/iPhoneNook Color, Android/Kindle Fire – $8.99)

A cool collection of lesser-known, nonetheless great, Seuss titles, these six stories were culled from the author’s earlier work. Included are “The Bear, the Rabbit, and the Zinniga-Zanniga,” “Gustav the Goldfish,” “Tadd and Todd,” “Steak for Supper,” “The Strange Shirt Spot,” and “The Great Henry McBride.” The set delivers signature Seuss verse, humor and weirdness, and some good value, to boot.

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How the Grinch Stole Christmas

(iPad/iPhoneNook Color, Android/Kindle Fire – $3.99)

One of Seuss’s finest, and an anti-consumerism Christmas favorite, the e-book features the usual bells and whistles in developer Oceanhouse Media’s arsenal. Kids can enjoy in Autoplay, Read to Me and Read to Myself modes, and every word tapped will highlight and play. Touching images produces text and audio, too. The iOS and NOOK versions are best optimized for the devices.

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Dr. Seuss Band

(iPad, iPhone) free for limited time, with in-app purchases

Players pick from a selection of bizarro, Seussian variations on horns and play either a tricky, rhythm game to existing songs, or do some free noodling and composing. The app supplies a huge range of horn sounds and combinations and can be dangerously addictive for players of all ages. There are a lot of prompts for in-app purchases, so be sure to secure that capability with a passcode before letting your kids loose with this title.

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