A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
If kids read, they can practice their reading skills. If they make up their own narrative, they'll stretch their imagination and express themselves through story characters. Sharing stories with family and friends can also be a valuable bonding experience and encourage an appreciation for books.
Ease of Play
Setting up stories to share requires a few steps that may be confusing at first. Once users get the hang of it all, reading, recording, and sharing stories is a pretty smooth process.
At least one story is entirely about poop.
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Products & Purchases
To fully use the app's features, multiple users need to have their own paid subscription. Some digital books also include a link to purchase a hard copy.
Parents Need to Know
Is It Any Good?
This digital library makes it easy to record keepsake stories with the voices of kids' loved ones, near and far -- though the quality of those stories varies greatly. It takes a little poking around at first, but once everyone gets the hang of it, it's a lot of fun getting different family and friends together to record their voices reading stories. And kids will treasure being able to listen to the voices of people they know reading to them. Both prereaders and kids who know how to read can also contribute their voice reading words or making up their own.
One major downside is that to get everyone on board, each user with their own device needs to also have their own subscription, which could get pricey. At the time of this review, the library was pretty limited, and some stories were more than a little odd. Some may find the stories about the male seahorse struggling through a pregnancy, the dung beetle on a date, or the black widow spider that eats her husband funny. Others might be turned off. On the other hand, the open-ended stories that leave space for readers to fill in the gaps with their own words is a nice way to encourage everyone to get creative.
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