Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978



Spring 2010 Website
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Developer: Orit Zuckerman
Producer: Neal Grigsby
Publisher: Tikatok Inc.
Tikatok is a user-friendly, all ages site that encourages and facilitates the creative writing process. Soon-to-be authors select a book template in which to write and illustrate (using stock art provided or upload original art) a storybook, create a keepsake book and even compile a songbook.

Story Spark, a section full of ideas and prompts, is available to help ward off writer's block and/or to let users finish a pre-designed story. After many attempts on multiple visits, we finally got the very helpful Book Editor section--"dedicated to those who like to press buttons first and ask questions later"--to work. Use of the site, its tools and the saving of the "books" is free, but young publishers can choose to have their books printed in a variety of reasonably priced formats - hardcover ($18), paperback ($15) or PDF e-books ($2.99).

While Tikatok can be used to create a variety of unique gifts, or perhaps even extra credit work, our panelists wanted to see a section that delved further into the story-telling process. Still, even the youngest writers will be setting up living room readings and autograph sessions and no doubt garnering a great sense of accomplishment by seeing their work in print. Barnes and Noble knows how to find e-merging talent.

Laura Fries   ©2010 Parents' Choice
A freelance writer and 20 year member of the Television Critics Association Laura has been writing about television and film entertainment for more years than she cares to admit. She lives with her husband and daughter in Alexandria, Virginia.

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