We all know reading to our kids is important – early readers enjoy better test scores in school and are less likely to experience poverty as adults. But, as much as we’d like to sit down and read with our families on a daily basis, sometimes it just isn’t possible.

Sparkup, the self-described magical book reader, aims to solve this problem by reading to your kids for you using your own voice. The device works using camera-sensing technology – essentially, it scans each page and lets you record a brief sound file to be associated with it. The next time your child opens to that page, Sparkup will recognize it and replay the sound file you recorded.

But does it actually work as advertised? And is the $59 Sparkup worth your hard-earned money? I tested out a review version of the device to find out.

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