It's amazing how far technology has come with children's books. We had the opportunity to review Poingo, the latest in interactive books for children 3 - 7, and we were pleased with the results. This review was a great way to promote Giggles & Sugar Kisses goal to promote reading in 2009. Our starter package contained: two books, Nemo and The World Of Cars, and the Poingo stick. Poingo is the pointer used to make the story come alive on various pages in the books.
I put the book to test with my nieces ages 3 and 7. The set is very easy to use. Poingo has a switch that you can move to the on and off positions and was ready to use immediately. The children were able to figure out the positions easily and loved moving Poingo across the pages. The 3 year old choose Nemo, which left the 7 year old with The World of Cars. Both books were entertaining, but The World Of Cars seemed to be the favorite. They enjoyed playing the games found on various pages as well.
One of the things that I liked about the games is that it allowed the children an opportunity to try again if they missed an answer. There was a response to tell them if they were right or wrong. The questions asked were easy to difficult depending on where you placed Poingo on the page. I felt the questions challenging. There was lots of sounds while moving the Poingo around the pages too.
My 16 month old grandson wanted in on the action. He loved the noises while moving Poingo. I wouldn't recommending a child his age playing with the books alone, the pages can be torn easily.
Overall, I give Poingo 3 snaps and a booty shake. It definitely goes into Grandma's bag. It's a great entertainment activity for the kids and it would make a great birthday gift. I will be purchasing Hanna Montana and Cinderella to round out the set for my nieces when they visit.
Did I mention that these books would be great while you're traveling with your child or on visits to Grandma's. In addition to Nemo and The World Of Cars, Cinderella, The Lion King, Pooh's Wishful Thinking and Sleeping Beauty are available. High School Musical and Hanna Montana will be available shortly.
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