For car trips, young readers, struggling readers, and sheer entertainment, you can't beat a picture book/audio book combo for younger kids.
Though schools and libraries may still keep book/CD kits in their collections, the truth is, CD players are not that common anymore. Newer computers don't come with a standard CD/DVD drive, cars don't always have them, and the only people I know who still have "boom boxes" are children's librarians.
That's why I was happy to receive a copy of a new VOX (TM) "audio-enabled" book. In my photo, the book is plugged into the wall for charging, but I did that just for show because a book with a plug cracked me up! In truth, it arrived fully charged and ready to go - no plug required. (I didn't test it for battery performance.) The audio recording and speaker are built right into the book and operated by a simple control panel - power, play, pause, volume, forward, and back. There is also a standard headphone jack. The audio is of comparable quality to any conventional children's book. The book itself also seemed as sturdy as any, and was not overly heavy or burdensome.
Perhaps other companies have similar offerings, but this is the first book of its type that I've seen. I think it has possibilities, and that the days of the book/CD kit are numbered. I passed my copy along to a school superintendent who agreed that it might be a useful addition to his school's collection. I did not inquire as to the price. I was interested solely in the format.
If you can get your hands on one, it's worth checking out.
(I'm not going to review the book, Don't Push the Button!, but will merely note that it is in a vein very similar to the wonderful Press Here by Herve Tullet. Kids will likely enjoy it.)
As always on my blog, I review books and materials for educational purposes only, and receive nothing of value other than the review copy, its associated marketing materials, and the occasional thanks or consternation of its author or publisher.