on 6 April 2001
This CD isn't a gadget-packed, super-modern "game" with bells and whistles...and that's why it is so good. It reads the book through, with excellent quality animated illustration, sound, music and most of all narration. The text of the book appears on the screen, with the words lighting up when they are said. Key words, such as "hat", turn into little pictures of the item in question, helping youngsters make the connection that words represent things, and so on. My two year olds love watching and listening to this. The other function is to flip through the story page by page, and each picture is interactive when in this mode. You can click the umbrella, for example, and it will do something animated, like open up and throw Thing 1 and Thing 2 out.
This simple interactivity really helps younger users to realise that the mouse controls the pointer on the screen, and that clicking on images makes things happen.
It's simple, clean, quality and, I think, ideal for 2 to 3 year olds. I think that children older than that might find it a bit dull and unchallenging.
on 27 February 2001
We would not recommend this CD-ROM either as a learning aid or as an entertainment. Certainly for our five year old, the reading goes far too quickly - it would be much better if you could pause it or slow it down in some way.
As an entertainment it infuriated us with the constant appearances of the little creature telling us what to do if we paused for more than a few seconds and the overall content is surprisingly small.
All in all - stick to the books!
on 11 November 2000
...I looked and I saw him, the Cat In The Hat.
Our eldest daughter was entranced by this CD Rom for weeks when we first bought it. There are good fun things to click on. Moreover, the lingustic gymnastics help kids understand that words are FUN. The game is very faithful to the book and the Dr Suess Cat.
Finally, I can now recite all of The Cat In The Hat off by heart -- a great party piece!