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How the Grinch Stole Christmas Android app will steal your heart

by Caitlin M. Foyt

Now available on the Android phone, the digital telling of How the Grinch Stole Christmas stays true to the spirit of the original book, but takes things a step further to enhance the overall Dr. Seuss experience.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is the timeless classic children's story of a holiday-hating green hermit with a heart that's two sizes too small. Bitter about, and envious of, the loud and jubilant Christmas festivities happening in Whoville, the Grinch develops an elaborate scheme to destroy Dec. 25 by stealing all of their delicious food and Christmas presents. By the end of the book, however, the Grinch learns the true meaning of Christmas, his heart grows three sizes larger, and he returns all of the Whos' gifts and roast beast.

This interactive e-book gives users the option of reading it traditionally or having the book read aloud. If you choose for the book to be read to you, the words will be highlighted as they are said, so children can follow along and learn.

What's also kind of fun is that, regardless of whether or not you are reading silently to yourself or it's being read to you, when you click on the illustrations, such as the Whos' feast table or the Grinch's cave, a voice will say what the object is out loud as large text representations of these objects flash across the screen. The story also has ambient background noise and music, which matches the pictures that appear on the screen. It creates a really fun, interactive experience for the user, regardless of age.

When you're in read-to-me mode, you can click on the screen to have it reread to you, just in case you missed something.

If you stop reading somewhere in the middle of the book and quit the application, the next time you log-in, you can pick up right where you left off, even if you choose a different reading mode.

I was immediately sold on this app, not just because of how interactive it is, but also because it preserves the spirit of the original story. The book is made up of the illustrations from 1957 and a narration that's whimsical and British-sounding, perfectly matching the tone of the story. I felt like I was part of the story.