vBookz Free Audiobooks 30,000 Classics aloud

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Ashley Kemper, Common Sense Media
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Huge library of classic texts; terrible reading voice.

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Educational Value

Significant educational value in allowing kids to engage with classical texts and providing access to traditionally discussed stories to kids who may not otherwise have access. Highlighting words as it reads aloud helps kids follow along to practice their own reading.

Ease of Play

The interface is easy to use, and book covers in addition to titles make it easy to see what text is being accessed when.

Violence

Some content within classical literature may contain violence. 

Sex

Some content within classical literature may contain sexual themes.

Language

Some content within classical literature may have suggestive language. 

Consumerism

In-app purchases include the ability to translate texts into a variety of languages.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Some books may have characters who engage in drinking, drugs, or smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that vBookz Free Audiobooks 30,000 Classics aloud provides access to thousands of classical literature works read by a robot. Complete texts are accessible with a click and words are highlighted as they're read. For kids who struggle with receptive language, the read-aloud feature may not be helpful in the long run, since it uses a computer-generated voice. As kids practice with the app and become more comfortable with the computerized reading of words and phrases, this tool may help some of them engage in more difficult text they would not have access to on their own. Note: There was no privacy policy available at the time of review.

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What's it about?

Kids can use VBOOKZ FREE AUDIOBOOKS 30,000 CLASSICS ALOUD to access thousands of classic novels and stories on their mobile devices. As users select books, they can read them in a multitude of fonts (including a dyslexia-friendly font), adjust size and colors, or have the app read the text aloud. As it reads, it highlights each word to help a reader's eye practice fluently decoding words on the page. Over and above the initial purchase price, users can make in-app purchases to enable additional languages.

Is it any good?

As an e-reader, vBookz Free Audiobooks 30,000 Classics aloud is a solid option -- it provides a lot of wonderful classic texts in one location -- but as a read-aloud app, it falls short. The computerized voice reads every part of the page including symbols (saying "ampersand" instead of "and"), mistranslated words, and numbers. The majority of the texts offered on the app are complex in nature, and the sentence structure is not always accessible to younger readers. Having a computerized voice emphasizing awkward parts of words or phrases may only confuse kids. So, if you're just looking for mobile access to classic literature, there are better (and cheaper) choices. If you need a read-aloud feature, this is also not the best option.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about themes from classic literature in vBookz Free Audiobooks 30,000 Classics aloud. For example, ask kids about the major problem and solution in the text they're reading. Compare this conflict to one they may be experiencing now. Ask kids how we can use the lessons from classic literature to help guide our thinking today.

  • Discuss major character in classic literature and how they are sometimes referenced in today's pop culture. Beyond that, discuss recent movies that have been made from classic literature. For example, how does Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book compare to the most current motion picture?

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