Personalised Christmas books review and giveaway

Ever since the last time I reviewed products for Stuck on you I have been a fan.

I’ve stalked them on their Facebook page looking for specials and new items. I’ve checked out their Twitter feed occasionally but I’m not so much of a twitter girl myself. I also receive regular email updates from them.

When I saw the advertisement for the Personalised Christmas Books I just had to get my hands on some. I contacted the friendly staff and am so fortunate to not only be able to review the books but to giveaway one personalised Christmas book to one lucky reader.

Keep reading and take the time to enter because this something you’re not going to want to miss.

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There are four books available in the collection although two of them are simply male and female versions of the same. I chose the male one for William, the female one for my beloved niece Isabella one uni-sex one for my daughter Alexis and one for my newborn niece bundle of gorgeousness miss Josephine.

The stories are quite cute. They all involve Santa and a ride in his sleigh but the way in which they end up there is different for the three stories. The individual stories have different tones and this is displayed in the different page colours and fonts chosen. The ‘O Hark’ book has contrasting block colours with a simple bold font and is great for catching gazes of babies. The boy one and girl one are colourful and fun and feature rhyming text throughout. The Christmas Charm book puts the child (in my case Alexis, or more accurately her current nickname “Lexi Joy”) being the hero of Christmas by saving the big fat man in the red suit from a tight squeeze. I seemed to choose the right book for each child without knowing, it’s always nice when that happens.

The best thing about these story books is that it puts the child in the centre of the action. They love hearing their name read. Older children love seeing their name printed. It is a great way to keep them engaged in reading because, hey, it’s a story all about them.

They all come with cute mini activity books full of quick Christmas activities for little hands. My Lexi was incredibly excited by this. It’s a nice addition.

Being a Christian myself I tend to get a little upset by Christmas things that are focused solely on Santa and receiving presents. I would be overjoyed at the thought of a book that features “Lexi Joy” being a shepherd in the field that heard the angel and went to see the baby Jesus in the manger of the stable, or “William” the wise man who followed the star to see the infant king. It might be nice to read a book about “Isabella” who put up the Christmas tree, went to church to watch a Christmas play and made a present for her mummy and daddy. I think there are other ways to show a child a love of Christmas. … HOWEVER…

There’s plenty of fiction in our children’s lives and as far as I’m concerned Santa is no more dangerous than Peppa Pig or Olivia or Bananas in Pyjamas or Dora the Explorer. I have decided not to keep my children from stories about Santa and reindeer and elves. I think fostering imagination in children is important. I think that when included in a balanced view of Christmas and life in general, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of magic every now and then.

Especially when it creates beautiful family bonding moments like this.

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As my sister says about the books I chose for her children:

Very cute. I think it is the kind of gift where the magic is in the reading… The more theatrically you read the story, the more my children enjoy that they are in it. Like any story, it depends on the imaginations of the child. And needs to be read in the right ‘window’ of time.

The stuck on you personalised Christmas books are a great way to get your child engrossed in a story. The colourful, happy, interesting stories are entertaining and fun and the children get a kick out of being the star of the show. The stories end with it being “the best Christmas ever”, followed by a message we can all agree on.

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They are gifts that keep on giving and again and as long as we look after them they will last for years to come.

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Now here’s the fun part.

For your chance to win your very own personalised Christmas book for a special child in your life simply leave me a comment describing your best Christmas ever. Feel free to make one up, just mention that in the comment.

Entries close Friday 7th December. Winner will be contacted by email.

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