We received a special package last week at Mini HQ-a gorgeous, personalised book from the lovely people at Lost My Name.
As a child, I was particularly partial to personalised items, mainly because there were no mugs or key rings or indeed anything much for that matter to be found in 1980’s Ireland with an “Aedín” on it. Even less so abroad. One of my most treasured childhood gifts was a book that was given to me one Christmas by my godmother, which featured me as the main character. Well, not really me, but it had my name in it-my exact name, fadá and all!- and to a six-year-old, that’s as good as!
Mini loves books but as she has the attention span of a gnat, reading an entire one can be quite a chore. I always try to incorporate a story into her bedtime routine as I feel it’s a lovely way to wind down after the day and get into sleep mode. I will start off a story and polish up my voiceover and acting skills by putting on different voices for different characters all to no avail. Mini will snap the book shut after only the first page or two and demand another “ook”.
So I was hoping a copy of “The Girl Who Lost Her Name” from the sublimely talented team at http://www.lostmy.name might just change her mind. The book arrived in the midst of heading back to full time work so was put to the side for a few days but once I got to have a proper look at it, I was delighted to see it looks just as good in the flesh as it does on the website. It came with a little dedication to Mini at the beginning, which I thought was a charming touch. Bright,colourful images delight on every page, illustrating a clever story designed to help little ones to learn how to spell their own name. But it can be as pretty as a picture and still not tempt our Mini, so a few nights ago, I put it to the bedtime test. There were the usual attempts on Mini’s part to close the book while I was reading it to her. I persevered,however and I could see her getting more and more into the story.The gorgeous illustrations and wonderful encounters with fabulous characters helped to keep her attention no end. The best thing though was the big reveal at the end that all of the letters that the little girl collected on her magical journey spelled out “Roisin”. Mini was absolutely tickled pink and gave a big clap. Since that first night, she’s started requesting it when I’m tucking her in and I’ve no doubt it’s going to become a firm favourite in our house and may even knock “Brown Bear” off the number one bedtime stories spot.
The lost my name website is very easy to navigate-you just follow three simple steps-enter your child’s name, pick the gender and wait for the magic to be created. Each individual book is priced at £18.99 which includes free worldwide postage. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It would make an absolutely fantastic gift for any little person in your life.
Disclaimer-I was sent a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. No payment was received and the opinions here are my own honest ones.