If I Ran the Circus by Dr. Seuss follows the crazy fashion of rhyming, non-sense and just plain silliness that made Dr. Seuss so famous. This app builds on the book and transfers the imaginative pictures of Dr. Seuss into the app with professional reading and background sounds. In the story, little Morris McGurk dreams up a fantastical world for his Circus McGurkus. And the shopkeeper, near the site of this pretend circus, becomes the unwitting center of the circus mania and tricks.
A true testament to a story’s soundtrack is if the story could be played separately as an audio track. If I Ran the Circus is expertly created, with a wonderful narrator who puts the amusement into this story. The background track and sounds add to the story line, emphasizing the craziness of the little boy’s imagination.
Readers have the choice to read the story themselves or be read to. This app highlights each word as it is said, allowing children to follow the sentences. Kids can tap on an object in the picture and see as well as hear the word. In addition, for children learning how to read, kids can tap on a word in the paragraph and hear the word said.
The developers recommend this book for children ages 3-9. However, my 4-year-old found Dr. Seuss a little too crazy. My six-year-old thought it was awesome and loved finding what the unsuspecting shopkeeper was going to do next in the circus.
OUR TWO CENTS: If I Ran the Circus will thrill and please any Dr. Seuss lover and win over new readers alike.
RATING: ★★★★ out of 5