Myles (10 yo) and his fantastic adventures in modern day Greek mythology!

Meet Myles, our last Book Butterfly for the school year! Myles is an absolutely voracious reader; similar to our previous Book Butterfly Loden (listen here). Myles even has special support from his school librarian to help him have a constant stream of awesome books. This week Myles reviewed his favorite book: Percy Jackson: The Battle of the Labyrinth by Rick Riordan. Did YOU know this much about Greek mythology? It’s super cool.

Kieran (6 yo) and barbarians, bears, and goslings, oh my!

Meet Kieran, a fantastically endearing Book Butterfly. His two favorite books are ‘Great, Now We’ve Got Barbarians!’ by Jason Carter Eaton and Mark Fearing, and ‘Mother Bruce’ by Ryan T. Higgins. If you’re looking for giggles and heartwarming messages then these books are for you. PS. How many times do you think we said ‘ducklings’ instead of ‘goslings’? Oh fooey, I guess we’ll need to go to the beach!

Product Review: The Lunii Storyteller

One of the coolest things about interviewing kids for the Book Butterfly podcast is getting a quick peak into the lives of the kids I interview. Throughout my time interviewing I have noticed a few things; first, that everyone loves books (hooray for us all!), and second, that imagination is going full throttle. And I’m not talking full-throttle to beat the yellow light at an intersection; I’m talking full-throttle to get the spaceship to the moon and back. It’s totally cool.

The third key thing I’ve noticed is that there’s a balance between what a young child, say between 3-6 years old, can read on their own and what they can read with their parents or older siblings.

Obviously, there’s huge value in having those special moments when you’re sitting with your family and giggling/crying/joking/talking about a book. I wouldn’t trade my own moments with my family for the world. But there’s also the fact that you, as a parent or caretaker, are trying to balance so many things on top of story time. There are a lot of solutions out there: tablets, phones, computers, donuts, ‘go play outside for a minute’, ‘go clean your room’, and a plethora of other things. But what if you’re not into screens, or if you just want another option that doesn’t involve you supervising, which also allows your kid/kids to have a story time, and even has the added bonus of independence and imagination?

Sounds like a long list, I know, but I found one option for you.

It’s called the Lunii Storyteller. It was brought to my attention by Emma (our resident Mutasia fan – listen here) and her mother. I was interested to know more about it and share it with you. It’s actually pretty straightforward and a cool idea. It’s based on a few key principles:

  • Your kid gets to pick variables (think the main character, the setting, etc.) with prompts from the Lunii
  • Different voices, sounds, and settings are triggered for each of the 48 different story lines which also trigger their imagination
  • Each story is about 4-5 minutes long
  • Your kid can independently decide the storyline
  • The Lunii doesn’t have a screen and has a pretty basic interface: it’s made for listening
  • When I looked at reviews the cost was mentioned a few times. It’s roughly $60-$70, which sounds like a lot. But if you think about it, that’s roughly 4-5 picture books. So if you’re looking at how many stories you can set up your kid with, it’s actually a pretty good deal.

So, what, I don’t think the other options are good? Not at all, I think they’re all fantastic options. Listen; when you’ve had a long day and for some reason bed time is when hyper time kicks in, I am 100% on board with the best way to get those little minds calm and ready for bed. I also care about options, so here’s one more for your toolkit.

See if the Lunii is a good fit for your family. Get ready to hear: Do you want to create a new story? Who will be the hero of your story? (Buy it here)

Here’s a quick sample from our Emma. You can tell I am more confused than she is (standard), but I actually got pulled into the visual journey, too. Enjoy!

 

Emma (6 yo) and her favorite whacky creatures on Mutasia

Do you ever wonder what would happen if a gecko-crab-rhino ended up as one animal? Have you ever told a little white lie? Then you need to order “Figley’s Little White Lie” by Suzanne Cotsakos and Ryan McCulloch immediately. Our Book Butterfly, Emma, shows us this unique and imaginative book which follows Figley on his misadventure through the repercussions of a little white lie (plus a few other lies). Get your giggles and imagination going!

Ps. If your kids are into singalong songs, check out Mutasia’s youtube channel and find some silly songs to get singing. (Emma may have taken us through a few of these and LOVED them.)