Monday, September 2, 2013

Pen Pal Whizz | A Brilliant Reading System + {Bundle Pack Giveaway}

Have you heard of Pen Pal Whizz? Launched just last year, the award-winning Pen Pal Whizz reading pen is the perfect blend of digital technology and traditional learning method as it transforms conventional printed materials into interactive tools that can emit responsive voices or sounds. It not only recites written text, but also enables dialogue by the characters, give clues to play games on the pages etc. When you tap Pen Pal Whizz on the specially-coated books, the preloaded audio file is activated. The narration is done by professionals under guidance from education professionals, and each book's narration is done by a few narrators to keep the child interested. With the sense of touch, sight, hearing aroused, it definitely increases the curiosity of the kids and provides a new learning experience!

We got the Pen Pal Whizz Bundle Pack and I reckon it's the best way to get started on this product as it comes with all its related accessories, plus 18 books covering Chinese, English, Hanyu Pinyin, Phonetics, Songs, Tang Poetry and Classical Stories... as well as a Picture Dictionary {English}!! This bundle is recommended for kids aged 2 - 8 years old.
Lil Pumpkin was very taken in by the Pen Pal Whizz and started using it immediately when I brought it home. She actually got the general hang of it pretty fast, and playing the games in the books is her favourite part. Kids nowadays are amazing with technology! It took more time getting accustomed to using it with all the different books though as unlike other competitors in the market, it's possible to read by sentences, paragraphs or word by word depending on the book.

The Pen Pal Whizz looks simple, but don't let its plain appearance deceive you. The ergonomic, clutter-free design is actually an advantage as it's not confusing, and even the younger kids are able to use it without adult supervision. Made from high quality materials, it's also able to withstand all the hard knocks and accidental drops from the kids! It even comes with its own handy holder so that the Lil Pumpkin doesn't misplace it by leaving it around ;) I'm thinking the wheels on the holder should be functional though, so that kids can roll it around heh.

A compact mobile learning device, we can just pack the Pen Pal Whizz and a book or two into one of Lil Pumpkin's busy bags for easy learning-on-the-go. Great distraction during long waits at restaurants or the doctor's.

Acting like a USB & MP3 player with 4GB, it stores all the book readings, songs and can even be used to record voices & sounds!  One of the newest products in the Pen Pal Whizz reading system is their Recording Stickers {sold separately for S$9.90 per packet of 440 pieces} whereby you can record your child's or your own voice with each individual sticker for book readings, special family moments {record "Happy Birthday" greetings!} or to help them learn the names of different appliances at home like we do! The boy pre-recorded the names of common household items in Chinese and stuck them around the house. It was fun for Lil Pumpkin to go scavenger-hunting for the stickers and learning the different Chinese words.

It something makes Lil Pumpkin this excited, it's a definite keeper for us! I found Pen Pal Whizz to be extremely useful in her Chinese learning journey, especially since we hardly speak it at home, and may not have the best pronunciations ;p She's picked up so much from the Magical Pin Yin {魔法拼音}1 & 2 books, and has even started learning some Chinese idioms from 唐诗+成语 ! Even when I'm busy with household chores, Lil Pumpkin can take the time to learn by herself at her own pace, and have interesting books read to her. When we're present, it provides great bonding for us too as we can read together and play the different embedded games. I think it has helped me to improve my Chinese too!

The best part is, Pen Pal Whizz is compatible with over 100 English & Chinese storybooks, supplementary books for Maths, Science etc. from renowned local publishers and authors like Emily Lim & Leana Doray, thus making it real value-for-money. In fact, Pen Pal Whizz is the only reading pen in the market that is made compatible to our local curriculum.

New books {ranging from S$3 to S$14.90 per book} appropriate for kids aged 2-12 years old are added to their collection every month and you can also approach the manufacturers, JLB Educational Technology Pte Ltd, to customise any book in any language to be made compatible with Pen Pal Whizz. I'll be reviewing some of the books in coming months, so keep a look out for that!

Just for my special blog readers and friends only, I have ONE Pen Pal Whizz Bundle Pack {worth S$288 each} to give away! Includes 1-year warranty and option for either the blue or pink Pen Pal Whizz.

Update 16 Sep 2013: 5 extra S$20 vouchers will be given as consolation prizes due to the excellent response. There's currently an island-wide promotion for Pen Pal Whizz bundle @ $188 {U.P. $288}, so these lucky winners are allowed to purchase the bundle at S$168.

Giveaway Method: Random Draw

1. Be a Sakura Haruka Facebook page fan

2. Be a JLB Educational Technology Facebook page fan

3. Share this post link on your Facebook wall and tag our pages. Make sure your post is public so we can view it!

4. Leave me a blog comment telling me your favourite book + name of your FB account that you used to like the page + email add. For those unsure of how to comment, choose "Name/URL" option then add your name and comment. If you prefer to send me your email add privately, please contact me at sakuraharuka {at} live {dot} com.

ONE random winner will be chosen for the Bundle Pack, and the next FIVE random winners will be chosen for the vouchers. Just complete all 4 simple steps!

* Open to Singapore residents only.
* Ends Monday, 16 Sep 2013 2359hrs {Singapore time} 
* Incomplete or inappropriate entries will be deemed invalid and will not be included.
* Winners will be announced on Sunday, 22 Sep 2013 on this blog post and notified via email. Winners have 5 days to reply, or the prize will be redrawn.

UPDATE: The giveaway has ended. The winner for the bundle pack is Christine Lim, and S$20 vouchers are Cherie Lim, Missy Kelynn, Owen Toh, Jo-Ann Macanas & Lorna Tan. Stay tuned for more blog giveaways on Sakura Haruka! Check out my current readers promos too. Thanks for your support!

* Disclosure: JLB Educational Technology provided the Pen Pal Whizz Bundle Pack for review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.



Mamamie said...

My favourite book is "My First English Picture Dictionary"
Name of FB Account: amie.chen.39

Liza said...

Liked and tagged both pages!!

Favourite book from the bundle? Hansel & Gretel definitely!
FB account:

Serene Seah said...

My fav book is "Magical Pin Yin"
Fb account : Serene Seah

Thank you for hosting the giveaway !

susan said...

Sophie's favourite book is Little Red Riding Hood.
Fb account : Susan Koh
Email: susan(at)ajugglingmom(dot)com

Chrystal Lee LJ said...

I love books by Roald Dahl! I think my favorite would be "The Twits" and I have a favorite quote from that book!

"You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”

FB: Chrystal Lee LJ

Irene Soh | SingaporeMomBlogs said...

Favorite Book: Magical Pin Yin
Facebook Username: Irene Soh

Mummy J said...

Favourite book: My ABC
FB: Jolin Poon

Ashmika said...


Our All time favourite book is Ramayana ( Indian Epic )Favourite book from the above mention 18 books is "Hensel & Gretel"

Facebook id..Ashmika Jain

Thanks for arranging such a wonderful giveaways.

Cen-Lin Ting said...

Favorite Book: Tang Poetry and Idiom
Name of FB Acct: Cen-Lin Ting

I hope to win!!

========Ugly Loy======== said...

Favorite Book:
any from Roald Dahl. he's such a classic!!!

Name of FB Acct:
ah loy


hope to get this for my 2yo bday in Sept!

Carol Lim said...

My favourite book is The Little Prince. So poignant, so sweet, so pure, so innocent.

Carol Lim

Robert Sim said...

My fav read is Doraemon comic books.

Robert Sim

OnGmama said...

My boys' fav book is certainly the Classic Children's Songs!

FB@ Babyliss Esther

Thanks Serene Seah for sharing this giveaway!
Let me wish upon the luckiest star :)

Estella said...

My favourite book is The Little Prince!
Fb account : Estella Goh

Tony Tan said...

My favourite book is Pinocchio

Jill said...

Hansel & Gretel
FB account: Jill Ramirez Balcos

Anonymous said...

My favourite book is Little Red Riding Hood.

Tan Keith

Xgg Chan said...

My favourite book is Little Red Riding Hood.

FB name: Xgg Chan

Christine Lim said...

Hi Ai,

My favourite book is The Little Prince!
Fb account : Christine Lim

PS: This is a very wonderful product :) since my child now is 2yr old it sure comes very handy :)

Thanks for posting!

Bernice Sum said...

My Favourite Book From The Above List Is Tang Poetry & Idioms.
FB Account: Abi Gail

*All Required Steps Done! ;)

Good Luck To Myself! ;)

Anonymous said...

my favourite book is Magical Pin Yin..great for 2yr old son to have a good chinese foundation since young.
Fb name: cherry joanna

Your Queen said...

Favorite Book: Tang Poetry and Idiom
Facebook account name: Missykelynn

Hope to win for my boy! To let him learn thing on his way thru :D

Anonymous said...

liked n shared :)

My favourite book is all the above.. cause i have 3 kids in different age and they have their own preference..

Fb name : jolin moonzdestiny
email :

thank you

Anonymous said...

My favourite book is Pinocchio.

Sean Koh

Jasmine Juay said...

Favourite Book: Little Red Riding Hood
FB account name: Jasmine Juay
Email add:

irenelow said...

My favourite book is "My First English Picture Dictionary"

Name of FB Account: Irene Low

Thanks you!

Pastytay said...

Favorite Book: Tang Poetry and Idiom
Facebook account name: PastyTay

Thanks you!

Anonymous said...

My favourite book is The Little Prince!

Fb account : Elisia Tan

SHENNY said...

Favorite Book: Little Red Riding Hood

Facebook account name: MrsShenny Fu


jingxian said...

My boy's current favourite is "Three Little Pigs"and favourite book from the list will be "My First English Picture Dictionary".

Name of FB Account: Liang Jingxian


Kaleen said...

My favourite book : The Little Prince!
Fb account name : Kaleen Teo

Lilium Day said...

My favourite book is Lord of the Rings.

Thanks for the giveaway again!
FB account : Lilium Day

Anonymous said...

Fav is Little Prince

Fb name: Tao Chen Ming

Lu Siu Ching said...

My favourite book would be Tang poetry & idioms

FB name: Lu Siu Ching

teo kai sin said...

my favourite book is The little prince

FB name: teo kai Sin


Thank you!

koh peng jek said...

My favorite book is Lord of the Rings

Fb name: koh peng jek

thanks for the giveaway!

Huiing Ling said...

My favorite book : "My First English Picture Dictionary"

Fb name : linghuiing
Email :


Anonymous said...

Thanks for having this random draw, I had just sent an email privately.


Winnie @ Toddly Mummy said...

My favourite book is 'Little Red Riding Hood'
FB account: toddlymummy

Anonymous said...

Hi ai,

Hope this win this for my sons!

My fav book for now is "Today I am"
FB account: cherieladie
email address: cherieladie (at) msn (dot) com

Anonymous said...

My favourite book for now is "Today I am".
Fb account: cherieladie
email: cherieladie (at) msn (dot) com

Elise said...

My favourite book is Kafka on the Shore by Haruhi Murakami.
FB account : Eliseleo Aune

jas said...

Fav book: Where's The Green Sheep?
Name of fb account: Jasmine Wong

Edelweiss Ling said...

Leaving a comment as requested! Thanks again for your giveaway!!

kitty sg said...

My fav book is "Magical Pin Yin"
Fb account : Kitty Sg

Thank you for hosting the giveaway !

stacey said...

We love Roald Dahl books!
FB: staceyhin
email: staceyhin (a)

Thanks for the giveaway!

Ada said...

Favourite Book: Classical Children Songs
Fb account: Ada Thong

Anonymous said...

Favourite book: Red Riding Hood
FB: Lorna Tam

WeiXiang Wong said...

Favourite Book: Where's The Green Sheep?
FB Account:

RuiXuan Woo said...

His favourite book is Three Little Pig.
FB Name: Nom Cynz

Anonymous said...

FB NAME: Chen Yu Cheng
Favourite Book: Little Red Riding Hood

irenelow999 said...

Favorite Book: magical pin yin
Facebook account name: IreneLow

Hope to win for my grandson!
At this young age of 3yrs old i bet is the correct time to ehance him in phonic,sentences speaking well..more interaction instead of playing the handphone game all the time! It really good to nurture him at this young age. Hope to win for him thanks so much!!

Seline Bong said...

FB NAME: Seline Bong
Favourite Book: Little Red Riding Hood

teo suhan said...

Favourite Book: The little prince

thank you for the giveaway!

teo hock koon said...

Favourite book: Both me and my gandson likes winnie the pooh!
FB name: teo hock koon

thank you!

lizi tan said...

little red riding hood
Lizi Tan said...

favourite book will have to be 'Magicial pin yin'
Serene Leow

thanks for organizing this giveaway!

luah moi kee said...

Favorite Book: Of Mice and Men
Name of FB: Luah moi kee
hope to win one for my gal =)

Angeline said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

My favourite book is Hansel and Gretel! It's one of my personal childhood favourites.

Name of FB Account: angelineng.aki (Angeline Ng)

Felicia Tan said...

Favourite book: The Gruffalo
Name of FB: Felicia Tan

Thanks for the giveaway!

James said...

Favourite book is Hansel and Gretel
FB acct: Chen FuLai

wen cai toh said...

thanks for this great giveaway! the kids totally love it so so much!

favourite book: 'Magicial pin yin'
Facebook acc: owen toh

thank you so much!

Luckily said...

Favourite book:My First English Picture Dictionary
Name of FB: Iris Gee Lee

rohaya zabidin said...

My favourite books are all type of fairytales story such as cinderella,snow white,red riding hood and many more..and i love to read this book to my 4 lovely kids

Name of FB :intan zabidin


Thank you.

Debra Li said...

My son's favourite book at the moment is Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day. Would love to win the Pen Pal Whizz bundle pack for my boys! (FB: Olimomok, email:

mich said...

Favourite book- The Frog Prince
FB name- Michele chin

Email :

Anonymous said...

Hi,my favorite book is international phonetic alphabet 1

Name: Julia Chan


Anonymous said...

Fav book - classic children songs
Fb name - Ashley Tan
Email -

Anonymous said...

My favourite book : Little Red Riding Hood.

Facebook name: Koh Jess
email :

Crystal said...

Favorite book is Little Red Riding Hood because my daughter exceptionally love this story since young!!

Facebook name: Crystal Lee

Kids Innovate said...

My favourite book: Little Red Riding Hood
FB name: Lynn Soh

Jo-Ann Macanas said...

Facebook Name: Jo-Ann Macanas
Favorite Book: Goodnight moon

Anonymous said...

My Favourite book: My First English Picture Dictionary
Name of FB: Gordon Ngiam

Anonymous said...

My favourite book is Tang Poetry & Idioms.
Facebook name : Serena Kh
Email : snowsun555(at)gmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

My favourite book : Little Red Riding Hood.

Facebook name: Linda Wong
email :

Anonymous said...

My favourite book : Little Red Riding Hood.

Facebook name: Linda Wong
email :

Anonymous said...

Had left a Fb pm to u

Alex Wei

Anonymous said...

My favourite book is : Little Red Riding Hood
Facebook is name: swee leu
email :