What is the best thing you can give a little boy who loves books, loves to read and being read to, and thinks that the local library is a great holiday destination? A good book, of course. Even better, a personalised story book where the said little boy is an integral part of the story-line.
When the nice people at Penwizard offered me the opportunity to review a personalised story book, I jumped at it. Given J's love of the printed word, particularly when printed along with bright and colourful graphics, this was a chance not to be missed.
Penwizard offer a range of books to chose from. We could have gone for Noddy or Ben and Holly or perhaps Peppa Pig. J could even have been in a story about medieval knights or wizards. But all he wanted was to be with the bright red racing car. So Roary it was.
|J with his personalised Penwizard book|
It was huge fun to personalise the book. We got to choose how J's name would appear throughout the story. We had to pick and mix to create J's book avatar. Trying out the different hair colours and style options was particularly enjoyable.
Then there was the lovely little touch of adding a personal message. I might have got a bit carried away there, what with this being the first time J's name was appearing in print!
|The Personal Message|
The end result is simply stunning. 24 brightly coloured pages that tell an exciting tale of my little boy's adventure with Roary the Racing Car around the Silver Hatch race track.
|Brightly coloured and captivating personalisation|
The front and back covers are marvelous too. J has is name in the title and his avatar on the cover. He features in the story synopsis on the back as well. Not many personalised books can boast of such widespread individual coverage. And done so well. The avatar does indeed look like my J (well, that is the whole point of personalisation) and he fits in the story rather seamlessly.
|Back Cover with the Story Synopsis|
J has been delighted with his new acquisition. He can read his name now, and loves spotting it on all the pages. He enjoys listening to the story too. He would, he features in it! He repeats his name and points to his avatar each time he hears it read out.
|A delighted J with Roary the Racing Car|
Penwizard are brilliant from a parent's perspective too. They sent regular emails to keep me updated with the progress of my order. I am very impressed with the speed with which our book was delivered and with its quality and finish. £14.99 is a good price to pay for such a good product. To see your child's name in print is, of course, priceless.
Disclaimer: We were sent this personalised Penwizard story book for the purposes of this review. No other compensation was received for this post. All opinions expressed are my own.