Wednesday, 2 July 2014

SparkUp: The Magical Book Reader Review and Competition

I was pleased when this product arrived as it was in excellent timing for Children's Book Week (30th June to 4th of July).  It is that time of year to celebrate everything to do with reading and this clever little device fits in nicely with encouraging children to read.


Admittedly when I first agreed to review I do not think I quite knew what to expect, but because it was to do with reading I jumped at the chance.  Once it arrived and I read the user guide it soon became clear and I loved the concept of SparkUp even more.

We are all about promoting reading here; the boys both have subscriptions to Reading Chest and Reading Eggs.  So I am always keen to see what else there is available to further their reading ability and foster a genuine love of books.  I was a proper bookworm as a child and I think I would have had a lot of fun with a SparkUp device.

Encouraging a love of reading is so important from a young age and vital really to help develop your child’s literacy skills and enhance their ability to take in new information from the world around them (eldest is always reading signs and notice boards as he goes about his day).  I think it has helped him at school, as he came home today with a wonderful end of year report.  I am very proud of him.

I find engaging youngest with books can be harder though; his attention is easily drawn away by the smallest distraction.  But he was curious about the SparkUp, he was drawn to the big green lit up button for one and wanted to press it to see what would happen!  It was relatively self-explanatory to record the story; you have the option to re-record the content on a particular page if your not happy with how it sounded (you might want to roar a little louder or generally add more passion to your story telling!).  Or you can also find people walking in mid recording to ask you a question (my mum did this a few times!).

SparkUp works with any books, you just clip SparkUp to the back cover and beginning at the front read through the story recording it page by page.  The intelligent camera watches as you turn the pages and remembers each one.  We tried tricking it and skipping pages but each and every time it knew exactly where it should be in the story when we played back the recording. 

The device can store up to 50 books, which is very impressive given its size.  You do need the actual book when you settle down to listen to the recording.  I think it’s a fantastic way for children to hear all their favourite people at bedtime.  The boys only see their nanny and granddad once a year, so we could have them record a story or two that the boys can then listen to and remember their voices.

Also a huge plus for me is sometimes I really need five minutes whether its to make a phone call or answer some correspondence, but getting the boys to sit still and be quiet is tricky!  Now I have the perfect solution I can get youngest to listen to stories independently.  Eldest actually recorded one story for his brother which I thought was kind of him, so between the pair of them SparkUp has kept them suitably entertained.

Eldest got to grips with it quite easily.


Enjoying the story together


If you would like to win a SparkUp of your own please kindly fill out the rafflecopter below by the 30th of July.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

127 comments:

  1. what a fab idea, love that it works with any books

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  2. Thank you for another lovely review and giveaway!

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  3. christy golding3 July 2014 at 12:34

    this sounds interesting.... great comp xx

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  4. Brilliant idea - would love to get grandparents to record a few... :)

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  5. Sarah Prightingale3 July 2014 at 13:00

    This looks like a great idea, our little boy would love it :)

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  6. Looks great would love to win a copy

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  7. fantastic comp with lovely prize

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  8. Not seen or heard of these before, sound like a brilliant idea, great giveaway, thankyou x

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  9. My daughter would love this great prize.

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  10. very clever, my boys would love this too!

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  11. Fab comp!

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  12. Love this giveaway ( Melanie M )

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  13. fab idea my nephew and niece could use this

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  14. Great prize - thanks very much!

    Ashleigh

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  15. Lovely giveaway - my niece has a strange obsession with dinosaurs! thanks x

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  16. debbie godbolt5 July 2014 at 02:20

    hi thank you for the chance to win its a great prize x

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  17. My son would love this! Thanks for running the draw!

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  18. wow this would be brilliant for my son thanks for the chance

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  19. Paula Readings5 July 2014 at 15:57

    My niece would love this, she has just started getting interested in books.

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  20. what an excellent idea my kids would love this

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  21. I think this is a great idea.

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  22. nnot heard of this before sounds like a great idea.

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  23. My son loves books and would love this clever idea

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  24. Id love this for my nephew, he loves books:)

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  25. Great book my granddaughter loves dinosaurs she's not like most 4 year old girls lol

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  26. Great prize.

    Rachel Craig

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  27. This looks like a great prize.

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  28. This looks great, so much better than the generic American voices on a lot of the read-a-long gadgets

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  29. Very interesting prize

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  30. what a brilliant idea - if l were to win l'd be nominated as SuperGran lol

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  31. laura jayne bates9 July 2014 at 21:09

    fab prize

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  32. Great prize, as our young son is just learning to read :)

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  33. Excellent prize, we would love to win this :)

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  34. SOUNDS GOOD

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  35. This looks like a great product for kids.

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  36. wow this looks brilliant

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  37. Fab prize, fingers crossed! :) x

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  38. Lovely, my 2 children would love it

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  39. Excellent prize great to help the children with their reading

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  40. Lovely giveaway, would love to see how my son would enjoy something like this.x

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  41. GReat idea my kids would love this

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  42. this looks fantastic great for my son learning how to read x

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  43. great prize! @Amezeylady

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  44. This is a great prize which I'm sure my daughter would love

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  45. What a great prize

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  46. Looks like an excellent product, anything that encourages reading and a love of books is great.

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  47. Lovely giveaway, Thank you :)

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  48. This is a fab idea

    Kay panayi

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  49. Oh sounds what a fabulous idea - would be great to try one.

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  50. Thanks for another fab giveaway!

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  51. It's fantastic to see a parent encouraging their child to love books. Unfortunately, that is becoming less and less common. eJ Dunn

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  52. this looks great

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  53. Brilliant prize!
    Stephen Little
    steve_c_little@yahoo.com

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  54. this is a great idea especially for families where perhaps dad is in the forces or one parent has to travel a lot with work.

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  55. Waving hello from Sunny South Wales

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  56. My Granddaughter would love this

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  57. Thank you for a great giveaway.

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  58. Great idea and prize, thanks

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  59. This looks great reading is so important

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  60. Looks brilliant my grandchildren would love it :)

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  61. very interactive, kids would love it

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  62. Cool comp thank you:D

    Jamie Darrington.

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  63. Great comp, great prize!!!!

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  64. Fantastic prize! I have not heard of them before but they look fantastic! :)

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  65. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway, looks like a great product!

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  66. This looks perfect, I had never heard of this before.

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  67. What a great prize - my 3 year old LOVES books :-)

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  68. this looks great. my nephew would love this

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  69. Fab review I love reading these post's blows my mind what is available for little ones now

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  70. My niece and nephew would love this.

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  71. Great product review .. thanks for hosting the giveaway

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  72. My 4 year old Reece would love this :)

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  73. Great idea, this would make a lovely gift!

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  74. Looks like an awesome prize to try to win for my 4 year old son.

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  75. I'm not sure how the reader works, it looks fascinating.

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  76. My youngest is 5 and loves me to read to him but it is hard to get him to read by himself, this looks like it would be a great way to encourage him :)

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  77. aww i love this..id love to get friends and family to record their fav books for my little one..what a great idea!

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  78. This looks fantastic !! Thank you so much for the chance x

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  79. Love this! Another lovely prize!

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