IlluStory Junior from Lulu Jr. Kids Book Making Product Review

IlluStory Junior is the perfect introduction to hands-on creativity and storytelling for young readers and writers. Children write and illustrate their story using the materials provided and receive a full-color, professionally bound and printed 5.5″x8.5″ paperback book. With up to 14 book pages, a dedication page, a title page and an “About the Author” page, young children can put their first stories into a book that will be treasured for years to come.


So here’s the deal…IlluStory Junior gives your child everything he or she needs to create their own book (minus the story idea!). You have markers, you have pages, you have an envelope to send it all away, and they send you back this amazingly awesome finished book for your child to enjoy. You want easy – this is easy!

With the IlluStory Junior you receive a soft-cover finished book…and this is as durable as any other soft-cover book on the market. As your kids get older you can step up into their hard-cover options…but for a beginner, this package is perfect!

From the outside the packaging is certainly appealing enough to get your child interested. Once they open it up and get into it, they have the opportunity to color and create to their fullest potential. And when the book is sent back it looks awesome. Enough said.

Let me level with you…outside of the struggle some parents may have getting their child to get organized, sit down and write a story, there are zero functionality issues. However…since this is sort of a one shot deal we couldn’t award 5 stars for functionality.

We love items priced under $20 – and this fits the bill. If you have a creative child, this is well within the range of a surprise gift or reward. And if you are looking for a present for a friend that is creative…again…perfect price range.

There are a few other “make a book” options out there, so we can’t say this is a one-of-a-kind idea. On the other hand, you would be hard-pressed to find an option that is this organized and easy to use.

IlluStory Junior is an awesome gift idea for the little reader, the little writer, or the little artist in your world. Once explained properly to them, children love to create using this kit. All in all, the process couldn’t be easier, the finished books are adorable keepsakes that your children will be so proud of. Whether you are looking for a birthday gift, a back to school gift, or a project to keep their brains working in the summertime, IlluStory Junior is an excellent choice!

Manufacturer: Lulu Jr.
Recommended Age: 4 to 10 years old
Retail Price: $19.99
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