A little while ago we were very kindly offered the chance to receive and review a new type of storybook. As I’ve discussed on the blog before, stories and storybooks feature heavily in our bedtime routine and have since BattleKid was only a few months old. So we jumped at the chance to review The Magic of My Name storybook.
The Magic of My Name storybook is a completely personalised book, all about the magic and wonder that is your child’s name. It is totally unique from anything I’ve seen before and is 100% personalised to your child and their name. Their own name generates a fully customised story whether their name is Tom, David, Jennifer or Grace.
The story starts with a little boy (or girl) in bed who wants to know about their name. A fairy visits him (or her) and helps them discover the magic behind their name. Now I don’t want to go into the story in detail but suffice to say The Magic of My Name storybook is wonderful and BattleKid simply loves it, so much so we have been reading it every night since we received it.
The story is lovely and is weaved quite nicely together. The illustrations are beautiful and the story is easy to read. I think once BattleKid learns to read he’ll be enthralled even more by this book. Children who can already read will thoroughly enjoy this story.
As I’ve mentioned we have been reading The Magic of My Name storybook every night as part of our bedtime routine and it takes between 12 and 15 minutes to read which is just right for us. It is well put together with good quality pages held together in a hardback binding.
If there was only one thing I could pick out about the book is it is quite heavy to hold if you read it lying down with your child in the crook of your arms. We always read bedtime stories on our bed with BattleKid lying in our arms, and this book is a little heavy to hold in that position for 15 minutes. That said if you were sat up it wouldn’t be a problem.
The book is very simple and easy to create via The Magic of My Name website. You start the process by choosing a male or female character and then insert your child’s name. You then get a choice of 4 icons or avatars who will be the main character of your book. You then click “Create my book” and your unique book is created before your very eyes which you can preview before you buy.
During the preview stage you can amend the name, character or special dedication. You can also choose from one of seven different languages, and two versions of English, in which to receive The Magic of My Name storybook.
Now, curious as I am, I wondered how BattleKid’s book might differ from others, so I went back to the homepage and went through the creation process to create some other books based on both boys and girls names to see the differences. As BattleKid’s name is 9 letters long our book is quite long, but it seems for shorter names, there are other pages which fill in for those with shorter names, which is brilliant. I was wondering if someone with a name, say 4 letters long, would get short-changed but they don’t. The people behind The Magic of My Name storybook guarantee that each book is a minimum of 38 pages.
The Magic of My Name storybook is aimed at children between the ages of 0 and 8 years old and will be a great compliment for those who are learning to read. It would also make the perfect gift for any child, be it for a birthday, christening or even Christmas. You can also choose either a hard or softback cover. We opted for a hardback as I think they stand the test of time with toddlers and pre-schoolers a bit more than softback books.
WHAT WE loved ABOUT THE MAGIC OF MY NAME STORYBOOK:
- Beautifully made.
- Lovely story which is easy to read and weaves together nicely.
- Exquisite illustrations to capture a child’s imagination and attention.
- Takes no more than 15 minutes to read, for a name containing 9 letters.
- Customisable for both boys and girls.
- 4 characters to choose from.
- Shorter names do not get short-changed, each book is guaranteed to be a minimum of 38 pages.
- Quickly became a firm favourite with BattleKid.
- Available in 7 different languages and 2 version of English (UK and US).
- Special dedication at the front of the book is customisable too.
- You can choose from hardback or softback version, although there is an extra charge for the hardback version.
- Ships to 19 different countries currently.
What we didn’t like about The Magic of My Name storybook:
- The hardback version is quite heavy to hold up if lying down while reading it.
The Magic of My Name storybook is an absolute delight and BattleKid knows it is “his” book. I personally love the story and the illustrations. I can see this storybook playing a big role in bedtime for years to come.
The Magic of My Name book starts from £23.99 for the standard, paperback book. The hardback version will cost an extra £4.99 (but is worth it in my opinion, especially for younger children). Standard delivery (to the UK) is £4.99 but express delivery is an option for an additional £3.00. The total cost with standard delivery for a paperback version is £28.98 and for the hardback version is £33.97. There are discounts available if you order more than one book.
You should also note that as each book is created and printed as an individual, delivery is estimated at 10 working days. Ours arrived 12 working days after placing our order.
If you are looking for a completely unique and personalised storybook, or gift, I cannot recommend The Magic in My Name storybook enough. It’s a big thumbs up from the BattleHousehold!
Thanks for reading,
*We received a hardback version of The Magic of My Name storybook for review. However, as always, these are our own honest thoughts and opinions of the product.