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31.10.12

Bigsby, The Interactive Story Buddy {Review}

When Hallmark asked if I would review something for Halloween I said yes. I'm not really a fan of Halloween but I thought maybe an exciting new product from a brand I trust could change my mind or maybe help me see the appeal of it. I didn't know what the product was until it arrived at my house.
One Saturday the doorbell went and a big box was delivered. I opened it and saw a friendly monster staring up at me.
As I removed this monster from the box I noticed he was sat infront of a book and there was a label telling me that he responds when I read his book.
Before I had the chance to look at him properly he was taken from my hands and away for the boys to inspect him. Harry growled and roared and Charles kept asking who he was.

Once I finally got to have a proper look I loved what I saw but was dubious as to whether or not it would work.
Whilst reading the story, there are particular phrases which will trigger a response from Bigsby.
These phrases are highlighted in red in the book.

These phrases don't only trigger one response, but up to four, meaning each time you read the story or say the certain phrase Bigsby won't necessarily repeat what he has just said.
"Bigsby bashful" or "Bigsby wanna hide" are two reponses to "Bigsby was an extremely shy guy".
This is great to make his character seem more real and to make the story a little more personal and interactive.

Bigsby comes with one book but there are two others to collect.
Bigsby was launched in time for Halloween, however, I feel he is a perfect gift for Christmas and isn't specifically tailored to sold at Halloween only.
If we didn't have Bigsby to review then it would definitely be on Charles' Christmas list, instead we will be placing the additional two books (Bigsby's Borrowed Shoes and  Bigsby's Big News) on his list to add to our collection.

Bigsby is aimed at girls and boys aged 3+ although Harry, at 15 months, absolutely loves him! I've lost count of the many times Bigsby has been thrust into my hands followed by "ta! ta! Mama! ta", then closely followed by the book being thrown at my arm as Harry then climbs onto my lap for me to read to him.

Bigsby, and the additional books, are available to buy via the Hallmark website. Bigsby and one book costs £19.99. Additional books are £5.99 each.

Although I don't have an iphone or ipad I am informed that there is a downloadable app suitable for use on to accompany Bigsby. The free app includes a short animated story that can be played loud through the app's internal narrator or recorded by a loved one to add a personal touch to the tale. The app also includes child-friendly puzzles and an interactive game that lets your child play with Bigsby, just like in the book!

(please excuse the dirty school bag Bigsby is sat near)

 
 
We were sent a Bigsby Interactive Story Buddy for the purpose of this review. All words are honest and my own.