I am absolutely delighted to be working with LeapFrog this year as part of their Blogger Panel. This means that we get to try out a range of their products throughout the year, which are largely focussed on encouraging a love of reading for your children, and tell you what we think of them. They have introduced us to their LeapReader system, and this month asked if we would like to try out one of their books for it, Tangled.
We had no previous experience of the LeapReader, but having had a chance to use it now we are all big fans. If you’ve not come across the LeapReader before it is a small hand held device with a nib like a pen at one end, a speaker at the other end and a few simple controls in the middle. This device will interact with the books and other products designed specially for it in a variety of ways, just by touching the nib to the page. It can read the book to your child, either in its entirety or just a word at a time. It can play games contained within the book as well, and these come in a variety of forms. And finally it can be used on a stand alone basis to read you audio versions of the books you own, or to listen to music or to play a trivia challenge game.
Tangled for the LeapReader features an abridged story of the Disney movie of the same name. It’s got all the key parts from the movie, although does miss out some familiar scenes, most noticeably the part where Flynn cuts Rapunzel’s hair towards the end. Which means that in a turn of the page Rapunzel goes from having glorious flowing golden hair to short brown hair with no explanation. Of course if your child has watched the movie they will fill in the gap in their mind, so it doesn’t really detract from the story. Tangled is the geekdaughter’s favourite Disney movie, and she was very happy with this book version.
The book is aimed at children who are developing their reading skills and learning to read on their own. It’s part of LeapFrog’s “Read on Your Own” series, and they suggest it is suitable for ages 5-8. My children are at both ends of this age range, and they both enjoyed Tangled. The geekson who will be 5 next month enjoyed having the LeapReader read the whole story to him, whereas the geekdaughter, who is 7, read the story herself, but then enjoyed playing the additional games that the LeapReader offers with the book.
Yes, there are games as well as reading – a good number of the pages have the little star symbol at the bottom which tells you there is a game on that page. Touching the LeapReader to the star results in the game being activated, and all instructions will be relayed via the LeapReader speaker.
As well as the little games the appear throughout the story there are a couple of more advanced games at the end of the book for when your child has finished reading. There is a maze which the LeapReader prompts you to trace various routes along:
And another game where your child is prompted to choose 7 adjectives to describe Flynn Rider on his wanted poster:
We were impressed with the amount of content in Tangled, and the way it appeals to a wide age range. The LeapReader system is a fantastic way to encourage your children’s reading skills, and manages to blend educational activities with fun in a really unique way. Tangled really is a book that adapts with your child’s abilities, and I am sure our kids will go back to it again and again.
Tangled for the LeapFrog LeapReader has a recommended retail price of £12.99, but it’s worth shopping around to find the best price (for example it’s currently available at Amazon (affiliate link) for £10.99. The LeapReader itself is sold seperately and has a recommended retail price of £39.99, but again, shop around for the best deal (it’s currently on sale at Amazon (affiliate link) for just £29.99).
Disclosure: We were sent a LeapFrog LeapReader and the Tangled book for review purposes. All words and opinions are my own. The Amazon links in this post contain my affiliate ID – if you make a purchase after clicking I will receive a small commission payment at no extra cost to you.