Sep 29, 2011

JibJab Jr. eBooks for the iPad (App Review}

JibJab Enters Kids Market with JibJab Jr.
Launches Personalized Starring You® Children’s Books on the iPad

From the team that brought audiences political satires like This Land, and holiday fun like OfficeMax’s ElfYourself, comes a new brand dedicated to enhancing the special time parents spend with their children telling stories: JibJab Jr.

JibJab Jr. Books, the company’s first product release, turns children into the stars of the show in personalized children’s books on the iPad.

With a few taps and swipes, parents can easily create a JibJab Jr. book with their child’s face, name, gender and skin color, then drop them into the center of the action of a beautifully illustrated and animated tale.

JibJab Jr. Books launches with two titles, “The Biggest Pizza Ever”, about a kid who wreaks havoc on a town with a gargantuan pizza pie, and “The Alphabet Wrangler”, about a kid who has to chase the letters of the alphabet around the house after they mischievously escape from a book.  New titles will be released every month, starting this September with "Ocean Commotion", an underwater adventure featuring singing and dancing sea life.

Each book features great stories, beautiful art, and simple, tasteful character animations. They are not hyper-clickable toys.  They are designed from the ground up to enhance the important wind-down time parents spend with their children telling stories before bed.

JibJab Jr. Books is free to download from the Apple App Store and comes bundled with one free book. Additional books are $7.99 each, or only $3.99 if a parent signs up for the book a month plan, which can be canceled at any time.  Once a book is purchased, it can be personalized an unlimited number of times for no additional cost. 

JibJab Jr.’s mission is to combine great artistry and technology to help parents tell amazingly fun stories to their kids.  JibJab Jr. Books, perfect for ages 2 to 6, is the first step in making that mission a reality.

About JibJab Jr.
JibJab Jr. provides parents with great art and technology that helps them tell amazingly fun tales to their kids.  The company’s first product, JibJab Jr. Books, makes it easy to create personalized bedtime stories featuring the child’s name, face, gender and skin color.  It is available for free to download, exclusively on the iPad, and is perfect for kids ages 2 to 6.  For more information, and to download the app, visit:  

My Thoughts:
JibJab Jr.'s books for the iPad are different from many of the other eBooks we've checked out before.  There is no music, sounds or narration.  It is truly an eBook that you read to your child.  However the illustrations are great and EVERY page features the photo personalization.  I have loved JibJab for creating fun personalized holiday greetings for years so it's no surprise to me that I love these books.  I have purchased several personalized paperback books for my kids and they are usually upwards of $15-20 but then they are personalized for just ONE child.  With JibJab Jr you can create a different character for each of your kids (and yourself, I MAY have done this) and you can star a different child every time you read the book.  Creating the characters is super quick and easy so you'll be reading in no time. There are currently three titles The Biggest Pizza Ever (the title that comes with the app), The Alphabet Wrangler, and Ocean Commotion.  Everyone in our house seems to have a different favorite but I think Ocean Commotion has my favorite illustrations, The Biggest Pizza Ever is the funniest and The Alphabet Wrangler is the most educational. Again these are great eBOOKS they aren't apps or games.  They are intended to be interactive like some things are, they are meant to be read, like a REAL book.

Disclosure: I received a complimentary version of the app and books for review purposes.  All opinions expressed are my own honest, personal feedback and I have not been compensated for a positive review.


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