Read With Me Scout Review (LeapFrog)

What It Is

It's storytime with the LeapFrog character Scout. This interactive puppy comes with five board books that Scout reads aloud as kids follow along. Each book is color-coded and designed to help build different reading skills: pattern, narrative, concept, rhyming, and learn-about. Each book has parent tips on the back to help parents encourage further learning.

There are two modes of play. In Story Time Mode, kids choose what book they'd like Scout to read and press the book's number on Scout's collar. Scout will read the book out loud and prompt kids to pat his head when they are ready to turn the page. Scout might also ask kids questions throughout the story to help build comprehension skills. There are more than 70 comprehension questions.

Also in this mode, kids can pet one of Scout's five interactive spots for different reactions. Pet Scout's back or head, or give Scout's cheek a kiss to hear different phrases. Scout will talk some more when you press his left paw. Press Scout's right paw to hear happy learning songs.

In Sleepy Time mode, kids can choose a book for Scout to read them as a bedtime story. (Scout will not ask kids any questions or prompt them to pat his head to turn the page.) Once the story is done, press Scout's musical right paw to hear eight minutes of lullabies.

Is It Fun?

From reading books to petting and cuddling during playtime and bedtime, Read With Me Scout offers multiple ways for kids to interact with this soft toy dog. Reading the books and asking questions about the stories is a great way to expand a child's vocabulary and help them comprehend what they read and hear.

Who It’s For

Read With Me Scout is for ages 2–5.

What To Be Aware Of

Three AA batteries are included for the in-store try-me purposes. LeapFrog recommends replacing them before you play for best results.

This toy is very sensitive to touch. If you are in the middle of reading a book and you pat Scout's head too hard or too much or if your child touches a different interactive spot, the story will be interrupted by one of Scout's responses. Scout will then start reading from where you left off.

There is a volume control button on the battery pack.

This toy is also available as Read With Me Violet.

  • Fun

  • Repeat Play

  • Assembly & Instructions

    None or Very Easy

    3 AA batteries required