With the era of the tablet upon us, eBook readers were the gadget du jour in a technological moment that is about to pass, if it hasn't already. But your kids don't know that, now do they?
The VTech FLiP, an eBook Reader geared towards preschoolers, is definitely a worthy gadget for a budding bookworm and might just pack enough bells and whistles to engage a text-ambivalent tot.
The Flip looks just like Mommy and Daddy's eBook Readers but with a see-thru flip cover and a grabbable bubbly border. There are two colorways—a blue and a pink—and each has a matching backpack accessory that can be purchased separately.
The books themselves—a mix of franchise favorites like Shrek and Toy Story and kids book classics like The Little Engine that Could—can be loaded via cartridge or, eventually, downloaded directly onto the device. The pages are displayed on a 4.3" color touch screen are all packed with interactivity—the device will read aloud and highlight words as it goes, and kids can play instructional games or use a limited, built-in dictionary to look up the tough words using the touch screen or the QWERTY keyboard.
The VTech Flip will be available early in the Fall for $59.99. Though by then your kid might want a full-on kiddie tablet.