Yes, two AA batteries. The one in store comes with batteries, the one from Amazon does not, but is about five dollars cheaper. It also must make pretty efficient use of the battery power, my son plays with his constantly and they haven't needed replacing.
I bought thiz for mg daughter when she was 9 months old, she will be 4 in March and still plays with Violet because of the songs that I downloaded from the lezpfrog site for her.if you're lookingfor something within the 9-2 year age bracket this is a wonderful toy. I hope I have helped
Maybe, I gave it to my friend's daugther when she was 1 year, she is 2 now, and still play with it though, but I saw a new toy "Read with me Violet" that will be better for your granddaughter in my opinion, take a look on that one too.
I think so but not sure... here is the link to their connect site where you download the personalized items. It has a PDF quick start guide that will probably tell you. http://www.leapfrog.com/en/pages/support/product_pages/my_pal.html