The Lorax – Dr. Seuss for the iPad is a bittersweet story with a heavy-duty environmental message (in case you’ve forgotten).
A businessman named the “Onceler” chops down all the Truffula trees to make Thneeds, which everyone needs.
This habitat destruction is both cataclysmic for the creatures who live there and very, very sad. “Business is business,” justifies the Onceler. “And business must grow.”
Why we like it:
The app itself is absolutely perfect. Great narrator. Great sound effects. Great page effects (not just flipping, but panning and zooming in and out too). Great interactivity (touch objects to hear their names spoken aloud, like “smog”). It’s a bleak story, but not completely without color and lightness.
Here, for example, is a description of the Lorax himself: “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.” Pure poetry.
It’s worth pointing out that Dr. Seuss penned two lines that parents of very young children will probably object to. The first is, “You poor, stupid guy.” The second is “Shut up if you please.” Not stuff you want your preschooler aping.
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We tested version 1.06 which is compatible with the iPhone (OS 3.0 or later), the iPod touch, and the iPad. Developer Oceanhouse Media. Read our disclosure policy.