JibJab is a digital entertainment company famous for commercials and a line of personalizable e-cards. Their new app, JibJab Jr. Books, is an iPad app that is free with one full book called, "The Biggest Pizza Ever". This app doesn't have any interactivity or even sound in their app currently but despite its simplicity this is the most enjoyable personalized book series I've seen so far for the iPad.
The app has a simple and intuitive interface that will have you uploading a picture of your child in minutes to create a fun little book that even inserts your child's name into the story. In the free book included, the child is shown creating a giant pizza pie. I have downloaded all the books available so far and my little boy prefers this series over many other book app choices. What could be better than seeing yourself star in a book?
The app is solidly made and easy to use. The app also now has sound effects and background music, although I'd also love to see the ability to record narration to indivualize this series even more. A page guide would also be a nice addition, although the books are quite short and have easy, swipe-style page turning. The font is fun but still easy to read and subscription prices are much better than buying individual books within the app.
Overall this is a great series of book apps and a must-download if only for the free pizza book. My child and I loved all the titles so much that I can't even pick a favorite - they all feature really exceptional use of graphics along with a child's photo. Highly recommended!
All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.
JibJab Media Inc.
3 - 5 Minutes
Based on non-digital book: No
Allows Own Narration:
Uses Motion: No
Age: 4 - 9
This app comes with one FREE story, "The Biggest Pizza Ever" which is about a kid who makes a giant pizza that is so big it threatens to destroy the town nearby. A fun tale about an enormous pizza pie with a happy, but stuffed populace, for the ending.
The app currently has the following books available as in-app purchases: Monster Mayhem!, The Alphabet Wrangler, Ocean Commotion and Trucks.