Wizz-e is a publisher of eBooks for dads and moms with children (ages 3 to 8 years). Their ebooks can be viewed online or downloaded to a PC. Currently, there are 31 e-books in the Wizz-e bookstore. Some of their titles include: Little Red Riding Hood, Hoop-La the Hippo, When I Don’t Want to Sleep, 3 Little Pigs, Goldilocks and the 3 Bears, The Ugly Duckling, Cinderella, Jack and the Beanstalk, Gingerbread Man, and The Princess and the Pea.
Wizz-e eBooks Features
- Animated illustrations
- Words that highlight in sync with the audio
- Click-on-a-word to hear it spoken for emerging readers
- A quiz at the end of each book
Spiderboy (age six), the Little Monkey (age four), and I (a little older than four) took a look at the ebooks available for review. After trying out the ebooks, I think most dads and moms will like the ebooks more than kids will. The e-books are essentially online books with a read-to-me option. Kids that have played computer games will probably be a little disappointed. They are use to clicking on things, but there are not a lot of things to click on in the Wizz-e ebooks. Judging from my children’s interest, younger kids will like the ebooks more than older kids. My four year old daughter wanted to keep going and going and going. But my six year old son wanted to know when he could be done.
- I love having my little girl cuddle with me when we listened to the story
- Dads and moms can choose to read the ebooks with their child or let the kids listen to the story as it is read out loud by the ebook (comes in handy when you have a sore throat)
- If your child reads the book to themselves and they get stuck on a word, they can click on that word to hear it spoken (I need this feature for some of the Dr. Seuss books)
- I like using the quiz at the end of the story to test if my son was paying attention
- The ebooks are inexpensive — prices range from $2 to $9 (plenty of books under $4).
- The Wizz-e eBooks animations remind me of the multimedia content when they first came out over 15 years ago. The animations are just simple motion looping over and over again.
- There are no indicators of where you are in the book (ie – page 4 of 28), which would come in handy if your child needs to go the bathroom. If there’s only one page left, they can wait. But if there are over 20 pages left to read, then it makes sense to take a break now.
- The book, What Time Is It?, is suppose to help your child learn to tell the time, but it is too simple for a six year old. It shows you the hands of the clock for each hour in sequence, but not for the time between the hours (7:15, 4:46, 11:01, etc).
And now for the giveaway. One lucky reader on this dad blog will win five free e-books (winner’s choice of ebooks). Leave a comment to enter. Since the books can be downloaded, this giveaway is also open to international readers. The deadline to enter is Friday, December 18, 2009. In the meantime, feel free to download two free ebooks now.
[Disclosure: Wizz-e.com gave me access to their password-protected review area. There are 10 ebooks in the review area. I reviewed the ebooks online and did not download them.]