Happy Birthday Mercer Mayer! New Little Critter App

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image001-2I have books that I’ve kept from my childhood. Books that I’ve passed on to my girls now. My favorite was Just Go To Bed. The incredible Mercer Mayer has written and illustrated over 300 children’s books. Mercer Mayer is celebrating his 69th birthday on December 30th!

He is the creator of the Little Critter® and Little Monster series of books. Mayer drew from his own childhood experiences in creating stories, he struck a chord with children and parents alike. “Most of my books are about things that happened to me when I was a little kid,” says Mercer. “Now that I’m a big kid, I write about things that happen now, especially with my own children and grandchildren. They always remind me of what it is like to be little.”

image002-1 In January 2013, Silver Dolphin Books will be unveiling their very first app about Little Critter—Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter: The Trip. The app is being developed right now by Silver Dolphin Books together with the award-winning app developer John R. Sansevere. Here’s a sneak peak at one of the scenes from the app:


I can’t wait for this app to come out! In Little Critter: The Trip, you will be able to take an action-packed car trip with Little Critter, Little Sister, Mom and Dad in which everything imaginable happens—literally—from A to Z, in this fun-filled interactive app! “B is for bad” when the “T is for tire” goes flat! And “L is for lost” when where did the “R is for road” go? Little Critters’ trip is full of humorous ups and downs like the actual road they’re following! It’s up to you and Little Critter to help find the way, fix the car when it breaks down, and play lots of fun “G is for games” with Little Sister to pass the time! Kids learn along with Little Critter as, true to his nature, he cheers you on to scale new heights!If you love Mercer Mayer’s Little Critter books—you are going to love this new app! Here’s another scene from the upcoming Little Critter: The Trip app.


Available in late January 2013, Silver Dolphin Book’s Little Critter: The Trip app invites young children to learn along with Little Critter and the other familiar characters who will reinforce their ability to resolve the practical, down-to-earth, family-based situations typically presented in Mayer’s book series. Offering a balance of fun games and learning activities, the Little Critter app emphasizes basic pre-school and early elementary curriculum (numbers, shapes, colors, patterns, letters, simple words, map reading).image005-1

To further celebrate Mercer Mayer’s birthday, visit our Silver Dolphin website for FREE holiday e-cards, available from December 14! Check back as we will be posting some Little Critter activity sheets soon too for some holiday fun!


image006-3In honor of the new app we’re doing a giveaway for an autographed copy of Mercer Mayer’s book Little Critter’s Snowball Soup. A “My First I can Read” book for readers ages 4 and up (paperback). A fun winter-themed book that ties so well into this festive time of year—join Little Critter, Little Sister, and Dog as they make their new friend the snowman a tasty treat—Snowball soup!

Just leave a comment below telling me about your favorite Mercer Mayer story as a child! 


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  1. His distinctive style looks very familiar but I don’t think I’ve read any of his books as a child – and I don’t recall reading them to my kids. I need to add them to our home library!

  2. My kids especially loved “The Trip, from A to Z”. As the kids get older, they can read them by themselves, and then read to the younger ones.


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