Reading is a great love of mine and an important skill for children to learn. However I am aware that trying to encourage kids to read can be a difficult task, especially in this day and age when they are more interested in games consoles and computers. I have found that if a book is going to capture the mind of a young child it needs to be interesting, imaginative and illustrative with something extra on the side to hook them.
Penwizard found us on twitter following a conversation from Liquorice UK’s Country Kids post about a day trip to Peppa Pig World. From here I discovered that Penwizard offer personalised children’s books, including Peppa Pig, which I thought was a great idea. What could get a child interested in reading more than a book about themselves? A book that contained both them and their favourite characters.
The Little Boy Who Lost His Name
I knew immediately the books from Penwizard would be perfect for the age range of the children visiting us here at Coombe Mill. We have introduced a weekly activity hour this summer for the children and I had a hunch they would enjoy one of these stories as part of that hour; all I had to do was decide the best way personalise the book for us. After a good browse around the lovely books on their website I found one called ‘The Little Boy Who Lost His Name’ and that gave me the inspiration I needed. Farmer Nick is the guest’s favourite person here, so a story about how he found his name is a perfect addition to the Coombe Mill bookshelf.
Ordering the book was easy and Penwizard were quick to respond on twitter so I had no worries that if an issue occurred I could sort it promptly, however everything went through smoothly and my Farmer Nick book was ordered. My favourite thing about the ordering process was that I could preview The Little Boy Who Lost His Name to ensure I was completely happy with it.
The book is beautifully illustrated with a perfect balance of writing to pictures and is made of a quality thick paper, though worth noting it is a paperback not a hard back. The storyline is fast paced and full of different characters. For activity hour I had a blanket laid out with the book on it whilst we were working on our crafts, I noticed many eager eyes kept looking towards the book with curiosity on their faces. So, when at the end of the hour I asked if they would like a story, I had plenty of takers. They were all fascinated with how the story progressed and when we reached the end and the little boy’s name was Farmer Nick they chuckled.
Penwizard offer many different types of books all of which are personalised for your child. The various characters include Peppa Pig, Roary, Noddy and Fifi and the Flowertots as well as storylines about princesses, football players, wizards and knights.
Your chance to win with Penwizard and Coombe Mill
Penwizard have offered a giveaway for one of you to win your own character book personalised for your little one. The offer is for a character book and the postage worth £17.49 in total (If you win and would prefer The Boy / Girl Who Lost his / her Name as reviewed here you are welcome to pay the difference of just £5). Just follow the instructions below to be in with a chance of winning:
Disclosure: I received my copy of The Little Boy Who Lost His Name for the purpose of this review and giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are my own and those of the children who read the book with me.
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