There are a lot of new eReaders coming out these days, but VTech has a new one designed especially for kids. This week the company released the VReader, a $60 eReader device aimed at kids aged 3 to 7.
The toy has an animated screen with a QWERY keyboard and is interactive to help phonics and vocabulary lessons. The book comes preloaded with one title and each additional title is $20.
The New York Times was underwhelmed, “Unfortunately, the overall experience isn’t nearly responsive enough to keep up with a child’s active imagination, at least with the two books I tried, Shrek’s Vacation and What’s That Noise. Each was presented with sluggish page turns and choppy animation, and the activities are packed with instructions.”