App review by Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 5+

AR digital books more cool graphics than great reads.

iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Books

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age 3+

Based on 3 reviews

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age 3+

Very bad company, weird and somewhat harmful books, terrible customer service

We have been sharing a children's digital book service called Bookful with our 3 year-old son for about a year. It is a digital children's book service. They have many digital books that you can click on that parents can read along with their children. The platform is iPhone or iPad or Android. The books or stories are animated and you and your child can interact with the characters and click on stuff. Sounds good, but they are very strange and poorly written and produced stories, but hey, it's for children so as long as it's safe and my child enjoys it, no issues. Yesterday my wife clicked on a book called, What On Earth is Under My Bed. Right away you see a scared child alone in his room, frightened that something is under his bed - then immediately a very scary pumpkin-head monster slithers out from under his bed. My son was totally freaked out. I heard him yelll and I rushed in to see what was going on. When I looked at the book I saw that it was quite disturbing. I immediately complained to the company that there should have been a warning on this book. Their response was that "If it's too scary for your kid, try another book." I do not recommend this product to anyone who has young children. My experience with them was bad, the books are weird, poorly written and produced, and they don't seem to care if there product is harmful to young children. One example of a poorly written and weird book has a child throwing poop in a little girl's hair, then she sprays her head with hairspray to resolve it. Just weird and bizarre. Use caution with this product if you decide to check it out. I suggest Epic! books for kids, a simmilar product that is a much better service with better written stories - much more suitable for young children and parents.
age 3+

A new kind of reading experience

This new kind of reading experience engaged my reluctant reader. He was enticed by the 3D and AR animations and tore through the entire Greek Mythology bookshelf in no time.

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