Reading has always been in our bedtime routine and now with Monkey at school we need to record the books we read each day. So we were contacted by Amazing Pages and asked to review one of their personalised books I of course said yes. Monkey has not had a book with his picture in it before so I was intrigued to see what he would think of it.
Ordering online is extremely straightforward and takes a matter of minutes. There are three titles to choose from [child’s name] and the shy mermaid for children up to the age of 7, [child’s name] and the lazy lama for children up to the age of 5 and [child’s name] space patrol alien catcher for children up to the age of 7. We opted for the last one as Monkey is more than a little interested in space at the moment. To order you need to enter your personalised details on line – photo, personalised message for the first page, child’s name, town, first name of friend, favourite food and favourite food for dinner. The photo needs to be taken straight on without a hat or any obstruction. Once ordered the book arrived in a couple of days.
I loved it at first sight, bright illustrations, thick pages and easy to read text. It measures 21cm x 21cm which is the perfect size for holding in one hand, which I need to do a lot at the moment with Kipper often joining in for story time too.
Of course more importantly how does Monkey feel about the book? The length of the story is perfect as he has started to request longer stories at bedtime. Space Patrol Alien Catcher is just about the right length for him at the age of 4.5 years old. When he realised it had his picture in it he giggled with delight. As we went through the story he picked up on the bits that we were personal to him – the name of his little friend (who apparently he is going to marry!), what he enjoys doing with daddy and his favourite meal.
It has become one of his go to books really quickly and he asks for it every night. The story follows the child as they realise that aliens are friendly and need help rather than being caught. Ending with the child becoming an alien helper. I like the moral of the story and the fact that it teaches that being different is not something to be afraid of, and that they have the ability to help other.
Things we love:
- The ordering process is simple and straightforward
- There is an email address you can use if you want to check the suitability of the photo you are intending on using which gives reassurance. There are also details of photo requirements which you can access during the ordering process.
- I really like the fact that you can put a personalised message on the front page, as I like to write and date books for the kids when they are older
- Your child’s photo appears a lot through out the book almost on every page
- If you don’t want to use a photo you can customise the cartoon version of a little boy or little girl to appear more like your nearest and dearest. You can choose gender, skin tone, hair colour and hair style. This is a great option if you are looking to give as a gift and don’t want to give the same away.
I am really impressed with this book and Monkey clearly loves it. At £19.99 it is the same as many other personalised books in the market place and I think it is well priced considering the sheer amount of ‘personalisation’ you get. The lovely people over Amazing Pages have offered my readers a chance to win the book of their choice, please enter via the Gleam application below. Please also note the T&Cs:
- Competition is open to residents of UK aged 18 or over
- There is no cash alternative offered
- The winner will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries and will their choice of one of the titles from the Amazing Pages website
- The competition will close on 15th December 2016 at 11.59pm, the winner will be notified through Twitter
- The Winner will be asked to provide an email address and full postal address
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We were given a copy of Space Patrol Alien Catcher for the purpose of this review all words and opinions are my own.
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