JibJab Jr. Books

Common Sense Media says

Your kid's face in story sure to amuse, but more will cost.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Turning pages should be no problem at all. And placing and sizing your photo into the scene is surprisingly easy. There's no narration, though, so kids need to read the story themselves (or find someone to read it to them).

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Consumerism

You get one story with the free app. Additional stories cost $7.99 apiece, or you can pay a $3.99 a month subscription fee.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that JibJab Jr. Books offers a library of animated picture books that you can personalize. By adding your child's name and uploading his or her photo, your kid becomes the star of the story. There is only one free book with the app ("The Biggest Pizza Ever"). Any additional books must be paid for -- either $7.99 apiece, or with a $3.99 monthly subscription fee. The subscription fee is auto-renewed every month until you send an email to cancel. To make sure your children don't accidentally purchase extra books or subscriptions, it's wise to turn off in-app purchases from your iPad's Setting menu.

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The personalization offered by JIBJAB JR. BOOKS is a great concept. And visually, it works incredibly well. Seeing your child's face on the main character can make for loads of laughs, especially since the animation works so smoothly. Some narration (or any kind of sound effects) would be a big boon to the app, as right now, the story is so quiet that it feels like something is missing. And the youngest users will need help with the reading. Many people will probably balk at the subscription price, but the one free book alone offers a really fun experience.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:September 27, 2011
Category:Books
Size:41.80 MB
Publisher:JibJab Media Inc.
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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