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Illustory : Write and Illustrate Your Own Book! Hardcover – 2007
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Nurture your child’s love of books and storytelling with IlluStory A+, a complete kit for writing, illustrating and publishing your child’s very own hardcover book. This award-winning kit has been a top choice for creative children since 1993, making it a great gift for young authors.
Best Learning Toy Award--1997 -- Family Life Magazine
Best Toy Classic Award--2000 -- Dr. Toy
Classic Award--1998 -- Parents' Choice
Gold Seal Award--1998 -- Oppenheim Toy Portfolio
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It is now January 9th. I have heard nothing from the company nor have I received my books. I emailed them TWO more times and have not heard anything back from the company. I ordered 4 books total (one comes free) for family, and not only was my daughter devastated she didn't have Christmas gifts for everyone, I am out 100 dollars.
I reached out to the company one last time this past Monday alerting them that if no one responded to my inquests in 48 hours I will be reporting fraudulent charges to my bank.
Alas, I still have not heard a peep.
My daughter and I had a great time coming up with creative ideas and creating the book and we were really looking forward to seeing the final product. Unfortunately, I would steer fellow consumers clear of this company and look for similar products elsewhere.
First the book being published is free, and included in the cost. But they wanted me to put a credit card number in. I did this, reluctantly, and they said my number was invalid! So I tried a different card, again, invalid (these are both cards that are absolutely not invalid and should have worked fine, especially for a $0 charge). The website instructed me to contact customer service, and gave me an email address to do so.
So I contacted customer service on Jan 6th, and received a reply exactly TWO WEEKS later, on Jan. 20th. We still don't have my daughter's book, and I wish I had selected a different gift for her for Christmas.
The idea of this product is fabulous, the actual function of the company is terrible. Do not recommend at all!
Update. It is now almost 3 months later, and we still don't have my daughter's book. I am incredibly disappointed in this product, and feel that this company has stolen my money at this point.
BEWARE before purchasing. I do not recommend this in the very least.
The instructions were clear and the markers had a nice variety of colors. My daughter decided to write her story about our newly adopted kitten. We first practiced by writing out the story on a regular piece of notebook paper and discussed how she would draw the pictures to go with her text. She even practiced the drawings a few times. Other than just being there to answer her questions or perhaps talk about what she wants to do, I didn't have to help her with any of it. I can't tell you how much fun it was watching my little author/illustrator at work!
Once she was ready for her final draft, we used the pages that came with the kit and she did each page how she wanted. There were plenty of extra pages so when she made a mistake, she was able to start over.
The kit comes with loose book pages and an order form. You can select various cover choices and styles. Your child's information is displayed in the book as the author and the dates. What a fun way to personalize this creation!
Once your book pages are completed and the order form is filled out, you just mail it in. I don't remember exactly how long, but was pleasantly surprised that it was very quick. It is such a nice book! The quality of the book is very nice! It is certainly something that will be treasured for a very long time! I would love to let her do another one soon!
I had just as much fun watching her as she did. If you have a child that loves to write and draw, this would be an excellent project for them. I think it would be great for children of all ages! As with all of their work, isn't it all perfect?
When I contacted customer service (couldn't find a phone number just an email address), I immediately received an automated email saying that they had longer response times but that they would respond. After waiting for eight days, I sent a follow up to customer service...no response yet.
I read a number of posts about poor customer service. I wish we would have listened. Cool concept, lousy web site and even worse customer service. Stay clear.