Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Introducing Bugsby


Join Bugsby the Book Worm on a magical reading adventure! Your children will love reading along and interacting with their favorite characters as they build early reading skills. Kids will fall in love with reading as they have fun listening to stories read aloud by their new reading pal, Bugsby.


Awhile back I did some reviews of both the Leapfrog Tag reading system and the Poingo reading system. Although I liked both of them overall, there were some features on each that I really disliked. The Poingo system had a nice pen and a good price, but there are only 6 books available with this system. The Tag system has a much wider selection of titles to go with it, but the tip of the pen is sharp and can tear up the pages of the book if your child presses down too hard, and it's a little pricier. With both of these systems, you have to go online to download books to the pen and the pen only holds a few books at a time.


The new Bugsby reading system by VTech has the best features, in my opinion. The pen is a nice chunky shape, easy for little hands to hold, with no sharp tips that can gouge the pages of the book.



There are 8 titles available with this system to keep your kids busy. And the best feature of all, is that each book comes with a cartridge that slips right into Bugsby's little backpack.



You don't need to spend hours online downloading software and information for each title. Just pop the cartridge into the pen and read/play with the book. When you're finished, store the cartridge in the included holder on each book!



On the VTech Kids website, you and your child can create your own Bugsby story online. It's fun to do and you'll get 10% off Bugsby products when you give it a try HERE!


VTech has a Bugsby reading system to give away to one lucky reader! What a great idea for a Christmas present! Just leave me a comment here and I'll choose a random winner on Monday, November 30. Good luck!


* I have been paid to work with VTech on some promotions and did receive a Bugsby reading system to try out, however, as always, I only give my honest opinions on products I review.

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Elleah said...

What a great idea! I've never heard of that before.

Stephanie R said...

I have a daughter that would absolutely love this!

Sister Sara said...

This looks pretty cool! My girls would LOVE it!

KAL071203 said...

sounds cute, i've never been disapointed by v-tech we love their stuff!

dana said...

This looks adorable, I would love to get one of these for my son.

Krystin said...

That would be the perfect gift for my son who is just beginning to learn his letters!

Amy said...

I would love to have this for my daughter!! Thanks for the review, now I will be exchanging the Tag I bought for the Bugsby.

Mandy F. said...

My 4 year old would love to play with this I'm sure. Pick me, Pick me!:)

Brooke said...

Well, I'm always up for something free! It looks like something my toddler would enjoy :)

Sophie said...

This looks so cool, I'd like to get one for my niece!

Someone's Nanny said...

ohhh ahhh I want a bugsby!

Dawn said...

Wow, this is great! My 4yr twins will LOVE this.

Scrapping in Circles said...

I'd love to try that. We had a leappad with my oldest, but storing it was a pain. This sounds like the best of both worlds.

Anonymous said...

This sounds really neat. My 3 year old would love it. Thanks,
Jennifer I.

Jessica P. said...

My nephew would love that! I hope you and your family have a safe and happy holiday!

Brianna said...

My daughter is HUGE on "weading" to her. We looked at the Tag jr. but decided it was too pricey for a 2 year old.

I would LOVE to win this for her for christmas!!!!!!!

Brianna K.

Lesley said...

Looks like a greatq product! My twins would love that as they are 4 years old and learning to read!

Sandi said...

wow, that looks like a great product! I haven't seen it advertised yet. thanks for the heads up, Dawn!

Dori said...

I'm about to start a reading program with my little one so this would be very helpful

debbie said...

This looks great!

Janet said...

This looks so cool, my 4 year old would love it. I haven't seen a Bugsby yet, so thanks for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

Joanna said...

My little guy is very interested in letters and words right now and he would just love this!

Kris said...

This would be so perfect for my 5 year old. He wants to read himself. Thank you, Dawn, for the review.

zap1605 said...

I would love to win this for my 3yr old.

Anonymous said...

Hi Dawn, What a Great present for my youngest Grandchild. Thanks for the offer. Hope I win :) Kristine in Michigan.

Anonymous said...

This sounds perfect for my three year-old twins. Love reading your blog. Thanks, Chantel M.

Crystal Taberski said...

Ooooh, pick me, pick me! Thank you for trying new products and letting us know about them! Crystal Taberski

Anonymous said...

I would love to wrap this up for my niece for Christmas!!

SPepper22

Caryn P said...

I've got 5 kids age 5 months to 6 1/2. The younger ones would love this!

God Made Playdough said...

This looks like a great Christmas present for my girls! :)

Sara said...

That would be great to try out!

I would wonder how easy it would be to lose those little cartridges, though...

Nikki said...

Who doesn't love VTech. My little guy would love this. Thanks.

Katina said...

My son would love this! I've actually looked at it a couple of times, but I thought it was a little pricey. I'd love to win one for him though!

Lucinda said...

It's so darn cute we'd love this!

Always April said...

My daughter is learning to read and I think she would love this!

Brianne said...

That looks awesome!

GothicBttrfly said...

Happy Thanksgiving, what a cute toy. My little guy would probably enjoy that.

Rachel said...

I haven't seen those in the stores, but would love it. My son is wanting to learn to read, and he was enthralled with the Tag Jr. in the stores.

Nadia said...

would love to win this! count me in :)

Cindy B said...

My 2 year old would love this

Linda said...

This looks like a great system for little ones and easy to handle!

Linda
ps... I love Brooklyn's new slipper idea..do you have a patent pending?? LOL

Janna said...

My boys would love this! Thanks for the review Dawn!!

Anonymous said...

This looks like so much fun! I've looked at the Leapfrog system, but haven't seen this one yet. My 5 year old is beginning to sound out words and would love a Bugsby!

Jill in Indiana

Kira said...

Very cool !!

Jess said...

Wow that's an awesome toy. Books are so hi-tech these days! My Wee Girl would really enjoy something like this.

Eva said...

O wow! I'd like to win that! I've never won anything yet :( I love their toys!

Tami said...

I would love to win one of those for my 6 year old son!! He would REALLY love it!!

MamaZam said...

We have the TAG now for our oldest and I totally know what you're talking about with the sharp point- we have the hole on the page to prove it! We would love love love to win this for our youngest!!! Pick me Random Integer Generator!

Anonymous said...

My son would LOVE this! I have bene debaating a TAG for Christmas. Pick ME!!!
Jennifer L.

Meg said...

what a neat looking product! My guy would LOVE one...

Kelly B said...

I've never seen this product. What a great idea!

Anonymous said...

My son is 4 and he would love this! This would help him so much with his preparation for school!

Amanda said...

I would LOVE this for my daughter!!

Rachel said...

Waaay cool! Our kiddo loves books, but is definitely the type to get a little overeager and press too hard on the pages.

This sounds like an awesome set - he would love one for Christmas!

Amy said...

I would love to give one a try... I have my doubts on how they work, so I have been scared to invest any money in them. I have heard different reviews of them... would love to try one for FREE! ;o)

Jen said...

My adorable twelve-pack of special needs students would love this--only one of them can read!

dhaynes said...

Happy Thanksgiving Dawn to you and yours, hope by now you were able to get that turkey!

My grandson would just love the Bugsby, he loves to read now and I too was looking for something along this very line for Christmas! Pick me, it's my turn! lol

Diane

kelly w said...

oh, we need that! my newly 5 5 year old is just learning to read and she is followed up by 3 younger brothers! it would get lots of use around our house!!!

Megryansmom said...

My grandson would love this! Have a great Thanksgiving Dawn.

Cynedra said...

My 4 year old and 2 1/2 year old would really enjoy fighting over (oops I meant using) the Bugsby.

Jawan said...

My sweet son is struggling with learning how to read so I think this cute little tool might encourage him along his reading journey!

Susan said...

My kids would love this!! Thanks for the information. Happy Thanksgiving!

Jess said...

We have been debating on getting our soon to be 4 year old the TAG system. I am sooooooo glad you posted this review. She is very hard on her markers so I can only imagine that after a few uses her books would be destroyed with the sharp point on the pen.

Bugsby looks like a better choice for us. Thanks. It would be awesome to win it! Our Daughter turns 4 on Sunday so that would be a great belated birthday gift!

SUchipmunk said...

This looks fantastic! My God-daughter would love this!

Michelle said...

Thanks for that great review. I was actually looking at the different reading systems in the store and was wondering which one would be best. My daughter will be getting one for Christmas!

SUchipmunk said...

This looks fantastic! My God-daughter would love this!

Jennie G said...

I have been looking at the leapster one for a while now and never committed for some of the reasons you pointed out. Perfect X-mas gift for my 3 1/2 yr old spawn!

Michelle Anderson said...

My boys would love this!!

Carrie said...

That is really cool. The pen is adorable and I'm glad to know how the tip of it works with the pages. Thanks for the review!

mssgrz said...

That bugsby system looks so cool! I bet my nephew would love to play with it!

Jen said...

Oh my GOSH my son will love this! He's been diagnosed with some mild diabilities and his therapist just recommended something like this.

Anonymous said...

This sounds great i could use it for my 2 nephews ages 4 and 5 i wanted the tag but was too much.. Would be a great christmas present since my money is tight this year. And all my nephew asked for was books and trains from santa

CC New york

Kathy Polak - Texas said...

What a great giveaway! My daughter would LOVE one of these! -

PennyS. (CA) said...

This is GREAT!
Reading is so important. I would really LOVE LOVE LOVE to win one of these for my daughter for Christmas!
Thanks for doing the review.

KatLuvsShoes said...

How cute, it's almost like a Nook for kids:
Nook eBook Reader
http://www.shop.com/nook-Computers-+2?s=94941&g=1&k=24

Happy Holidays,
~Kat~
@katluvsshoes

Bobbi said...

My 4 year old is learning to read. This would be a perfect gift for him. Thanks!

Bobbi

Denise said...

Awesome!!!! My son would LOVE that for christmas!

Tanja said...

My two boys would love this!

Tanja

jessica said...

I've got an almost 4 year old that could really use this!

Robbi L. said...

I would love to win this for my four year old!

Garth and Becky said...

Very cool! I'd love to try one of these!

Debra said...

My son would love this!

Darcee in Iowa said...

Thanks for the info, I love that you do these reviews on your site. I am getting to that time of the year where I need good ideas for the kids not only mine but the ones I need to buy for. I always try to do something educational and fun! I hope I'm the lucky winner!! :)

Erin N said...

Ooh that would be nice for my 4 year old! We're moving away from my family soon and will be having a 3+ hour drive to see them so something like that would be fantastic in the car!

Anonymous said...

Ooooh that would be a great gift for my son, Caydon

Carla
cbryant2@unl.edu

Zoodhie said...

Oh my boys would love this as well!!
Thanks Dawn!! And Happy Thanksgiving!!! :)
(Tina from Greece ;))

Colleen said...

Wow. I didn't even know about that. I knew about the Leapfrog, but thats all. And that went haywire shortly after we bought it.

Been racking my brain trying to figure out what to get our two year old. He loves being read to. And our 9 year old would love it to. He enjoys books, but can't read very well due to his struggle with autism. Thank goodness for our six year old who reads like a champ!!
Thank you for the idea!! You are the best Dawn!

Jen said...

That would be amazing for my classroom, PLUS I'll be in the States for Christmas and could pick it up and bring it back with me. I'm an American currently teaching in Egypt!

Nancy said...

Looks like something my kids would enjoy! Great Christmas gift!

Betsy said...

Wow - my 3 1/2 year old loves books, and is eager to learn to read - how cool would this be for Christmas? Fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

Aha something to entertain my three year old boy????? Please?

Patti said...

I'd love to win one of these for my granddaughter!!! Books are so important to her!

Cindi said...

Looking for a great Christmas present for my kindergartener! Will have to check this one out!

Rox said...

What is the age recommendation on this toy. My 1st grader is really struggling with reading, do you think this might help her? Thanks and have a great holiday!

Krystle C. (Krystle2002@yahoo.com) said...

My son likes to try to play with the tag reader thing like this all the time when we go in the store. I'm sure he would love this one just as much!

pednurse said...

This sounds like a neat system! It would make a great Christmas present for my niece!

Anonymous said...

this would make an awesome gift for my daughter sasha/bc/tx

Becs said...

I have been debating one of these for my daughter for Christmas. She is really working on learnign to read right now.
Some reader is going to be so lucky! (Maybe it will be me even!)

LaNae said...

Thanks for sharing. We would love one.

Carrie said...

I would love this for my 7 year old who struggles with reading and the baby on the way!! Thanks for your review!

Photo Quilts said...

My children would love to try that. What a great way to help them out when they are learning how to read :)

Daphne H.

Lyndsay said...

We love VTech stuff!!

Nina said...

I did look at the tag system but most of the books in their set we already had as hard backs and I don't want something I'm going to use rather than me just reading...I think readign to your child alone, just you and your voice, is important.

Denise said...

Enter me please. This would be wonderful for my son that loves reading books!

pumpkin7778 at AOL . com

MommyP said...

Oh, wow! My 3 year olf would LOVE this!!!

Cindy said...

My niece would love this. She's really just getting into "reading" now -- as she just got glasses and can now actually see the book!!

I would definitely like to be entered into the draw!

Thanks,
Cindy

Anonymous said...

what a great toy! would love to win this for my grandaughter. oh, pick me, pick me!

Eileen said...

would love to win this for my granddaughter, what a great toy! pick me, pick me!

Michelle and Steve said...

I would LOVE to have this for my daughter. My niece has one, and I have to tear my daughter away crying each time we have to leave!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

hey dawn I have a question since you are in the loop on so many of these things... My grandson is nearly 7 months old, i see ads a the time for this thing called your baby can read... I dont know if you have ads up there about it but I am thinking seriously about it... it is just over 200.00 (of course they advertise it as 14.99 TRIAL fee but anyway any insight would be so appreciated.
Thanks Laura
peach867@yahoo.com

Darcy said...

I'd love to get this for my daughter!

leodav at hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

You just talked me into the bugsby system. I was heading out to get the tag one at midnight. Thanks for the info!!

Maggie Pike

Lisa said...

I have a toddler, a preschooler and a 1st grader - anything to help with reading is a bonus in our lives. Sounds like Bugsby is a great product.

ExpressYourself said...

Awesome review Dawn! I agree with the points you stated about the Poingo and Leapfrog systems.
I have two little boys ages two and three. We always seem to have trouble finding age apropriate toys that are both educational yet not "baby stage".
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! :)

Sharon said...

Another great giveway. My 4 year old would love it.

Smiller said...

C'mon random generator, pick me!

janie from ga said...

Ohhh, something I didn't know I needed (for my grands). thanks

Stephanie said...

What a great little gift to go under our Christmas tree.

Stephanie@eyeballgirl.com

Jackie Russell said...

This looks like a great toy for the Grandkids for Christmas.

Meghann said...

Thanks for a great giveaway. I have been thinking about a system like this for my 3 yr old.

Kristen said...

This sounds like fun, and very easy.

Sarah said...

We were just playing with this at the store the other day... how cool! Would love to win this for my Bug!

The Mommy said...

My problem would be getting them so share...

Chris said...

this looks like an awesome product! would love to win it and try it out with my kiddos!

2boystwingirls said...

Considering how many "little people" I have in my house, this would be a great addition to our storybook collection! Thanks for the opportunity to win this product, Dawn!

Susan said...

I'd love this for my youngest daughter! She'd love to 'read' by herself!!

Susan

Shonda Warren said...

My kids would love this!

Mommy La said...

oh wow this look really cool. I'll have to check in to it for my lil boy.

TheFischerFam said...

Looks fun! My two oldest could definitely enjoy this.

Becki said...

This is an awesome idea! We always loose the cartridges that go to things like this so I am impressed with the featue of storing these right on the book.

Karen S. said...

That's a great idea, even for the reluctant reader in the classroom as well :)

Rhianna said...

What an awesome gift for a kiddo. My goddaughter would love that.

Cam said...

I want one! I have four young children, so the only problem I would have with it is the fighting.

Anonymous said...

This would be wonderful! I've been looking at getting the Tag system but this looks even better! Hope I win!

Steph in ND

Nikki said...

My son would love this! Thanks for the chance!

Anonymous said...

I would LOVE to win this for my daughter for Hanukah!!


Shelly H.

Sara said...

Please enter me in your Bugsby give away. It looks very fun, perfect for my boys who are 4 and 5. Thanks

Tara M said...

That would be great for my little readers- 5, 3 and 1.

Becky said...

I'm in the process of teaching my fifth child how to read - this would be so helpful!

Laura said...

This would be a great gift for my preschooler!

alli&pat said...

even though my son is still quite little, we are trying to instill a love of reading early...we'd love to have this to share with him!

DTC said...

I have a 3 year old that loves to read and be read too....please enter me!!!

Meglet said...

My daughter loves to hear her stories read to her and I'm always willing, although everyone in my house (except her!)are a little tired of Little Puppy and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie after reading it for the 16 billionth time! It sounds like a very fun, educational toy!

KimH in GA said...

Bugsby is too cute. He reminds me of Hermie the caterpillar. Anyway, my son is 3 years old tomorrow and would love this as would the 6 year old sis. Thanks.

Vicki said...

My 3-year-old daughter needs this so badly!! We love to read, but sometimes (as a stay at home mom), I actually do have to spend some time cleaning. This would be the perfect option for her during "work" time.

LaLa said...

My little reader would LOVE this : )

Carole said...

As my son is getting more and more into books and what the stories actually are,I think this is a really neat idea! I think he'd enjoy it.

Anonymous said...

What fun our gang would love that!

Jenn said...

This looks awesome! We have the Poingo, but it's not really appropriate for my 2.5 y/o. He doesn't totally understand it. This would be a great present for him! :)

Amber said...

I was thinking of getting my daughter the Tag reading system, but wasn't aware you had to download the stories. We saw the Bugsby for the first time at Toys R Us a few days ago and she had lots of fun with the sample. We would love to have this at home!!!

dellenam@yahoo.com

Meghan said...

Would love to try one of these~! My son always plays with this @ the store!

Melissa said...

Thank you for the chance!

Shelley said...

My 4 year-old niece is coming for Christmas and this would be perfect for her. Thanks Dawn!

Nancy said...

I like that reading tool. Looks very interesting!

Us3JKJ said...

Oh my!! Oh, how I hope the random integer gods pick me this time! LOL I have an almost 3-yr-old that LOVES books and is already trying her best to read - she will love, love, love this!

Updated: It's fate - she JUST brought me the target toy flyer that she has been carrying for two weeks now and is pointing to the Kai-Lan book and going nuts. I look at the ad - YEP!! It's Bugsby! What are the odds?

LOL Please, please, please be a sign! Bless you Dawn for offering it to your readers! :)

Jenn H. (In Ohio)

Tiesha G. said...

OMG this would be fantastic for my 3 year old! She constantly wants to "read", and she could do some on her own with this! What a fabulous idea!

Bonnie said...

Just a quick note about the TAG. The books are not hard to download at all, a couple of minutes and the new ones hold 10 books at a time. If you can find one of the older ones at your store, they have been clearanced to make room for the new ones. I got mine at Target with a $10 off coupon for $2.49. And downloading books beats losing those little cartridges around the house. Just my 2 cents.

Olivia Michal said...

my daughter is the biggest bookworm I know. She'd love this

Cheryl said...

Cool! It would come in mighty handy.

Dayna said...

That sounds great. I would love to win this for Christmas gift-giving.

Anonymous said...

I would love to have this for my 5 and 2 year olds.

Sherry da Silva

Craig said...

My niece and nephew would LOVE this. They could read to each other. If I don't win, I'll just use the 10% off!
Colleen

Team Carroll said...

This looks like a great Christmas gift for my son.

Michigan Mama to 2 said...

Wow! The boys would love this. My 5 yr. old is just starting to read, too. This would be great fun.

TaraB said...

Hello!

I would love this for my 2 children (4&6). We have been back and forth trying to decide which one to get. My 4 year old spent half an hour playiing eith this in the store and I can't usually even get him to sit through a 5 minute story book!

momathome43kids said...

What a great idea! I love the little worm, great for little hands. Thanks for your great giveaways. Cecilia

Tina said...

My three-year-old twins would love this. Thanks for the opportunity!

Anonymous said...

We have a 2 year old and 3 year old that love their books. We are debating on the product to get after tests in stores the experts liked the bugsby more.
It wins hands down in our house! Thanks for the information on the TAG vs Bugsby.

April said...

Sign me up! My 3 and 2 years love reading and being read to. This would be great gift for them.

stacy said...

We will try it out.

Anonymous said...

My 3 girls would love this! They love books anyway and this would be great for them.

chrisannan said...

I have been looking at the Tag and Bugsby systems and had decided to go with Bugsby. Would love a free one!!
chrisannan@juno.com

Emily said...

How awesome!!! I have a niece that this would be perfect for! Hope I win! Thanks!

Anonymous said...

i really want this for my girls! pleaaaaseeee!!!!

email:mariam_Za10@yahoo.com

Rebecca said...

I saw this today and I was wondering where all of these systems were like. So many things to choose from. Thanks for the information on this. Would be great to have one.

Jeanette said...

I would to have this for my son. It would be a wonderful present for any child.

Julie said...

This would be great for my son!

Julie

Rachel said...

I was just telling my husband that I wanted to get a reading system for my youngest son. Please pick me :) Love reading your blog. I am a mom of 6 also - mine are all boys though.

Happy Thanksgiving

Amy said...

My grand baby would love that!

Anonymous said...

I love that you do these reviews for us. It is so nice to have someone's word to trust. I'd love this for my granddarling.
Rayn0000@aol.com

MommySusan1 said...

We will be learning to read soon enough, so this would be great fun for my son.

Thanks,
Susan P.

Ali said...

This would be great for my son who is just starting to read

Sheila said...

Would love this for my grandson! Thanks!

Jen in Pgh said...

this looks so cool! Would LOVE to win this!!

Mary Liz said...

Love the features on this system and would love, love to have one for my son!!!
Mary Burton

Tanya said...

This would be perfect for my four-year-old who is already expressing an interest in learning to read!

KarenKal said...

sounds like an awesome gift for my 4 year old daughter

Mariann said...

I would love to have this for my nephew..

Sara Herrmann said...

This would be cool for my kiddos!

Simple Country Girl said...

This would be perfect for my preschooler! How cute.

SHarris said...

This would be a great present for my grandchildren.

pamb said...

This would be great for my son, Vinnie, who is four.

AJSMOM13 said...

My soon to be 3 year old would love this!

Winona said...

Very cool - I think my daughter would get a kick out of that!

Pam said...

I would love to have this for my four year-old, Vinnie! His 15 month-old brother would love to chew on it!

I inCYST said...

i'm last but please pick me!

Jen said...

What a cute little bug!! My daughter would love this!! I hope I'm not too late for the giveaway. :)

Anonymous said...

This would be great for my little guy :-)
Brenda

Linda C said...

That would be great for my grandson!! Thanks for having this giveaway:) By the way- his little brother was just born on Saturday!! I'll probably tell the check-out lady at Copps that today too:)- and at the post office and....

Anonymous said...

I know a little boy who would love this.
Thanks,
Billie Jo
billiejopv@aol.com

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