Many people, young and old alike, will know about Dr Seuss and his nonsensical cast of characters such as the Cat and the Hat or the Grinch and Whoville from the Grinch Who Stole Christmas. In Sueseville, parents and children are able to interact with a host of the familiar faces from the Seuss world as they educate themselves in various subjects throughout the site. There are an abundance of activities and game that the children can play, enhancing their spelling and rhyming. Not to be overlooked is the section for educators that help provide materials for lessons, lesson plans, printable activities and projects and the section for parents that provides a way to divide the site by age, gives reading tips and even has a newsletter that the parents can receive to keep them informed of the sites support means and of any changes that may occur to the site material.
Two things come to mind when you first enter the Seussville site – that it is extremely colorful and very busy. There are a host of characters that are moving at any time amidst the home sites initial page and it is, if anything, very colorful. Very youthful visitors may find the initial page a bit distracting but still very engaging. It is, after all, a fantasy wonderland and will do a marvelous job of keeping visitors attention, though.
Again, the busy nature of the entrance page deserves some discussion here. In some cases it may prove to be a bit distracting and even somewhat difficult to “motor” around the site if you have a specific mission when visiting. While the toolbar at the top of the page does provide considerable directional help, the initial pages has clickable links throughout it that are not very clear as to what they do. I think that, perhaps, it would have been better served to have a tool tip cloud of some sort to appear whenever the mouse hovers over a link would provide extremely valuable help here
Anyone who has ever encountered Dr Seuss and his beloved nonsensical cast of characters will know what a special place they occupy in their growth from childhood. Such odd fantasy characters have served to provide many children with a “far away place” to visit as any fantasy cartoon should. The home site for this fantasy world is just as full of wonderment as the books and cartoons for which Dr Seuss has become famous for. Apart from the few organizational shortcomings, the site has the wonderful feeling of page 1 of any of Dr Seuss’ fantastic books and will keep the visitors attention as well as the books kept it’s readers.