As I’ve said before, reading is a big part of Jacob’s bedtime routine and I’m always on the lookout for new books for him. We were recently lucky enough to receive a book called “The Little Boy Who Lost His Name” to review, which is a book I’ve had my eye on for a while.
The book is personalised and the story is based on the letters of the child’s name. For each letter of their name they meet a different character. So in Jacob’s case, he meets a jaguar, an alligator, a chameleon, an ostrich and a bear in the quest to rediscover his lost name.
The book is recommended for children aged 0–8 years. At 8 months, Jacob is at the lower end of the spectrum, but he loves it. The illustrations are gorgeous and I look forward to him enjoying the story as he gets older. I imagine an older child would be thrilled to have a story about their name. I know I would have been as a little girl!
The book is quite long compared with a lot of Jacob’s other books. I think it will keep him entertained as he gets older as it isn’t too babyish.
Personalising the book
The website is fantastic and so easy to use. You start by inputting the child’s name, selecting the language, and indicating whether it’s for a little boy or girl. You can choose between three ‘adventurers’—I picked the one that looked most like Jacob (well, how I think he’ll look as a little boy! It’s kind of hard to tell at the moment).
You then generate a preview of your child’s story. One brilliant thing is that it’s possible to change the character for each letter of the child’s name between a couple of suggestions. I wanted pretty simple characters as Jacob is so young, so I chose alligator over aardvark for example.
Once you are happy with the name-related characters, you move onto choosing the format. There is a choice between deluxe, hardcover, softcover and softcover keepsake. I was pleasantly surprised by our softcover book. The paper is a lot thicker than I expected and the cover is more sturdy than most softcover books we have.
The last thing to do is to add a dedication to be printed on the first page. The dedication is a lovely touch for a present and turns the book into something to be treasured. Lost My Name provide a suggested special message, which is really handy if you can’t think of anything in particular to write. I just added on ‘love mummy and daddy’ to it.
Finally, you pay. The softcover is £19.99 with free delivery. You then have 24 hours to make changes or you can skip this once you confirm you are happy. Obviously, it’s really important to check you’ve spelt the child’s name correctly and that you are happy with the dedication as no changes can be made once it’s printed.
A fab gift
“The Little Boy (or Girl) Who Lost His Name” would make a brilliant birthday, Christmas or even christening present. It’s a lovely personal book that every child—and parent—would love. I’m definitely going to buy copies for friends and family.
*We were kindly provided with our copy of The Little Boy Who Lost His Name so that we could review it, but all opinions are my own. The links included in this post are affiliate links—I receive a small amount of commission for any books purchased through this link.
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