I am absolutely thrilled about this review and competition today. As a child, I loved reading. I would read rather than ride a bike, or climb a tree. Why would I want to ride down the dusty road of a border town when I could be off exploring a castle with the Famous Five, or solving a mystery with my best friend, Nancy Drew? Why would I want to be dirtying my shoes by kicking a ball when the Hardy Boys were off on a grand adventure? Holidays were the best times. I’d start reading a book in the morning and keep reading till the early hours of the morning, then dream about the story. I loved it so much.
There are so many studies and bits of research that say we should read to our children, both for what it does for them
developmentally, and for the bonding and quality time. I’ll admit, I didn’t see the point before this last month or so, as Ameli would squirm and really pay attention for less than a minute, but now we can read a whole book (one of those with one or two lines to a page) and she loves it.Â We’re not perfect parents either â€“ it’s not something weÂ manage every night, but when we do, we do!
That’s why I loved the concept behind the Your Surprise Personalised Books. There’s a massive selection of themes, and we chose the Animals book as Ameli is big on her animals at the moment.
There are so many little things that we loved about this service.
We were able to add Ameli to the story, as well as her age and where she lives. (So the first paragraph reads e.g.: Ameli, aged two, left London for her trip to the farm), and include some of her friends. We included Deshaine, Lindi and Abbi as those are pretty much her favourite people at this stage of her life.
There was the option for a personalised message, and the date you want to commemorate, such as a birthday.
The book arrived less than a week after our order packaged in a book envelope. I was surprised to find a hardback book with a glossy cover and we simply love the quality of it.
The story is quite sweet, in this case about a visit to a farm, and her friends are included in the text, such as â€˜I can’t wait to tell Deshaine, Abbi and Lindi all about my visit when I get back to London’.Â Ameli enjoyed it and loves hearing her name, although she hasn’t managed to sit through the whole story yet.
For her age it would be great if the book included a picture of her, but the book isn’t really aimed at her age, so I can’t complain too much.Â But I must add that the artwork in the book was beautiful. It wasn’t child-like, wasn’t all in pinks, and wasn’t the child version of pigs, horses and so on â€“ they are real lookalikes of real animals, and that really impressed me, as it’s great for us to identify the different animals.
You can win a personalised book for your little one (or someone elses. Or not so little one). To be in with a chance to win, simply visit Your Surprise, select which of the 17 titles you’d like, and the name of the person you’d like it personalised with. Leave a comment below, and voila, you’re entered.
Competition ends 23:59 18 July, and the winner will be picked at random using Random.org.
You can follow Your Surprise (and Diary of a First Child) on Facebook. If you do, be sure to let them (Your Surprise) know I sent you, and leave a comment below to tell me you have. Â (They don’t post a lot, so you won’t be inundated, but they do post fab special offers in time for all the big gift giving days!)
And the winner isÂ ï»¿ï»¿Susannah Glover
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Your Surprise Personalised Book Competition
I WOULD LOVE THE SANTA FOR MY SON CHARLIE :o)
I would choose ballerina princess for my little girl lily
I would choose Ballerina Princess for Nyla 🙂
Baby book for my lil munchkin!
Farm Animals for Elspeth
Dinosaur Land for Alex please!
i would love “Santa” for my wee niece Siofra please
I’d choose when I grow up for Ella
I would pick Santa for Cael.
I’d love to win “Santa” for Noah
@Susannah Glover, congratulations on your win! Please check your email!
I would have the teddy bear story for my daughter Imogen
I would choose Teddy Bear Land for my son James.
Noahs Ark for Izaak
Dinosaur Land for Elijah
dinosaure land looks like it will be fab, my son sammy farman, would love it
Teddy Bear Land for my daughter Charly
I would choose Dinosaur Land for Zane.
I would choose Teddy bear land for my Grandson Kian
Circus Star For My 3 Year Old Son 🙂
I would choose x-men for Azaan his birthday is coming up and he loves the x-men
I would choose Three LItle Pigs for my grandson Alfie
Following Your Suprise on FB and let them know you sent me,
already follow Diary of a First Child
I would love the baby book for my little ones first year. Her name is Georgina Mabel
I would choose Three Little Pigs for Imogen Welch 🙂
Ballerina princess for Ria
Ballerina Princess for Aleyah
I’d like Teddy Bear Land for Leah
I’d choose Farm Animals for my daughter Eden
I would love to win Beauty and the Beast for my little cousin Amy. Jacqui x
I would like Dinosaur Land for my nephew Dylan.
Batman for my son Ethan Cole
Santa book for my little girl Alicia, pleeeeease
Teddy bear land please.
Dinosaur Land for Charlie Cook please!
Batman for my newphew Luca 🙂 xx
that should say nephew 😉 x
I would love the goal book for my boy “Boo”
ballerina princess for Caitlin Hobbis
i would like the three little pigs
If I won I would like Superman from my son Alistair. Fingers crossed!
As a huge big fan of christmas I’d have to choose Santa
I’d love the Santa book for John-Henry!
I love the santa book for my daughter Emma Daisy
I would choose X-men for my son Danny
I would choose the little Mermaid for my daughter DaisyMae.xx
I would choose Santa for my little boy Edmund. xx
My son Robert would love the football book.
I would go for the Santa book and my daughter’s name is Cerys
I would love the book ‘Dinosaur land’ for my nephew Michael.
I also like both facebook pages! 🙂 x
I would choose dinosaur land for my niece (she loves dinosaurs at the moment!) 🙂 x
Farm Animals for my gorgeous son Ethan
I would love Ballerina Princess for my daughter Maisy.
my daughter lucy would adore the santa one:-)
I’d love to win the Ballerina Princess for my wee granddaughter, Jordayn. Cheers for the ace giveaway!
Teddy Bear Land looks nice, would be great present for my nephew
Would love Santa for my grandson’s second Christmas
I would like The Little Mermaid for my 2 year old niece, Rosie.
Would love ‘When I Grow Up’ for my beautiful baby girl Louisa 🙂
ballerina princess for my own ballerina princess Keira
I would love the classic ‘Three Little Pigs’ for my gorgeous daughter Imogen x
I’d love a copy of The Little Mermaid for my daughter Caitlin’s birthday. She loves visiting the Aquarium or looking at pictures of fish, crabs, seahorses etc and she would be so excited at the idea of being a mermaid.
I would love Dinosaur Land for Callum, my 4 year old nephew.
I would love Ballerina Princess, for my little princess – Aurora Grace
I would love the little mermaid book personalised for my Daughter, Hollie.
Good luck everyone xx
I would love Farm Animals for ‘Emme’ my lovely little grand daughter.
I would love Superman to be personalised to my son Jakob Dudgeon.
He is sooooo into superheros at the moment and is constantly saving people whilst playing.
This is a great competition as I can remember having a personalised book when I was younger x
I’d like the three little pigs for my eldest son Callan, we can never find anything personalised for him as his name is quite unusual, so this would be lovely!thanks for the competition.x
Id like to win santa, for a lovely little girl Grace x
batman for my batman mad nephew sammy
Have liked both yourself and Your suprise on facebook shared you page and also following u on twitter and shared your competition : )
I would love the Beauty and the beast book for our little girl Maddison it would be the perfect suprise for her birthday as she loves this story too : )
I would choose The Little Mermaid for my daughter Phoebe.
The Three Little Pigs definitely! as my little girl is obsessed with makng piggy noises at the moment….even for chickens! Liked on facebook and following on twitter (@french_caroline)
I have shared your comp in my status on FB, and tagged both pages so it will appear on both walls! (Tracy Nixon MSE)
I have also tweeted @TracyNixon
Thanks for the lovely giveaway!
The Little Mermaid book would be ideal for my daughter Millie as she is fascinated by mystical sea creatures!
I would choose The Ballerina Princess for my youngest daughter, Jessica, who turns 4 on the 28th July. Both herself and her older sister, Bethany, aged 5, are obsessed with ballerinas and princesses! They have dozens of Angelina Ballerina toys, books and games and they are forever dressing up as princesses and making crowns and necklaces for Mummy!!! (and even more so since the Royal Wedding!).
I had four boys before them so when I see them being real girly girls I don’t mind at all!!!
Beauty and the Beast – Megan Grunshaw
My son is absolutely Batman mad, he talks about him non stop so it would have to be the BATMAN book 🙂
His name is Harrison Kelly
Thank you for the comp x
Would love the farm animals book for my daughter Maddison
following you both on facebook
following you on twitter as picklepie35 😀
Teddybear land. Sophia O’Leary
I’d love “Teddy Bear Land” for my granddaughter Lara
following your surprise on facebook
would like dinosaur land for my little boy Robert
I’d like to have The Three Little Pigs for Maya, my little girl. Thanks! 🙂
I followed “Your Surprise” (and Diary of a First Child) on Facebook.I also told them you sent me! (@pandcands)
I’d love Farm Animals too! Too difficult to choose between “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Little Mermaid” and so on. A little girl would love them all! I’d love to win it for my baby daughter Roxana.
I followed your surprise on FB and told them you sent me 🙂
I follow you too…
I follow you both on Facebook and have commented on Your Surprise’s wall
I’d love the ‘Santa’ book for my daughter Sophie
i follow yoursurprise on fb and i would love ballerina princess for my little girl Sadie.
I would love the When I Grow Up book for my little Leon 🙂
i would go for ballerina princess with the name Aimee for my daughter, the books look fab!
Ohh, I used to have a personalised book once..wonder where it is.
I’d choose In Dinosaur land I think.:) It would be for my little Babe Matilda. 🙂
Ps I’ve filled in all the fields on the book but not sure what else to do..copy the link? Sorry :s