James and the Birthday Balloon

Posted on December 18th, 2017

Here at Coombe Mill we do love a book that is easy to follow, captures kids’ imaginations and has a good morale to it. When I heard that Nicola J. Rowley has a new book out I knew instantly it would be one we would enjoy.  Following on from her success with James and the Amazing Gift, James and the Birthday Balloon sees the lovable James out on a new adventure to make everyone around him smile.  For your chance to win this delightful book and put a smile on your child’s face read on.


James and the birthday Balloon


The Story


James is off to his best friend’s birthday party and the day is full of excitement and happiness, until the birthday girl, James’s best friend Ruby, has a fall. With a friend like James even a trip to hospital can end in the whole hospital smiling.  


Pages from James and the birthday Balloon Book


What we thought


The story is every bit as touching as I have come to expect from Nicola and beautifully illustrated. It only takes a few minutes to read cover to cover making it an excellent uplifting bedtime story.  I was especially happy to see that James’s friend Ruby lived on a farm; this will make it very popular and relevant for our holiday guests.  


As with the last book my only reservation is that for £7.99 I’d like to have seen this as a hard back and bigger to maximise the impact of the beautiful illustrations and keep the condition of the book for longer for reading over and over again. That said there are a couple of extra’s in the price we love:


A little Extra


Nicola lives in Surrey and likes to support local charities. For every copy sold a donation is made to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital which provides care and life saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.


In addition there is a QR code to scan on your mobile at the end of the book to give you a free audio book of James and the Birthday Balloon read by every child’s TV hero Dr Ranj.


Support Evelina London Children's Hospital

Win your signed copy of James and the Birthday Balloon with Coombe Mill


If you fancy a copy of this delightful book signed by the author with a personalized message inside why not enter to win. We will be picking 3 lucky winners. Simply follow the instructions below. Good luck to all taking part.


James and the Birthday Balloon



We were sent our copy of the book for the purpose of this review, however all thoughts and opinions here are my own.