I read together with my children most nights and what I love about it is where the adventures take us. My five year old is big on adventure books, books that take him out of his own world. At five years old he is hesitantly dipping his little toe into reading by himself, it is magic to watch and I love listen to him seeking the adventures out for himself. When we were offered the opportunity to review the acclaimed book ‘Message in a Bottle’ by Tom Percival and Tuire Siirainen, I knew this would be a book Finlay would adore. The story follows a little bird, Kiki, through 40 pages of adventures in her attempts to deliver a message in a bottle back to the owner. As soon as it arrived, he took the book off me and settled down on the sofa to have a read.
What’s so lovely about the book is that unlike other personalised books, the child’s name appears several times throughout the book along with their address and city/ town they live in. Finlay had such fun seeking out his name in the story and delighted when he discovered the photo of himself at the back of the book!
Another lovely touch is that you can personalise the message to mark a special event or milestone and there are oh so many milestones to mark whilst growing up; birthdays, new siblings, moving house……… so it’s a book that’s suitable for every occasion. It’s really easy to upload a photo on their website and create your own personal message or you can use one of the many lovely standard written messages.
Although it’s a tad pricey for a book at £19.95, it does make a lovely gift because the paper is such high quality and pictures are stunning! It’s also a decent length for a book and develops the story really nicely without rushing it. It comes with some equally high quality free wrapping paper which feature more of Kikki’s adventures and given that your child’s name appears so frequently, it’s a perfect gift for (dare I say it) Christmas.
What I was surprised about is that this book is not just a lovely story, we had lots of fun discussing where different countries were in the world (Fin’s favourite page is the map of the world at the end, he spent ages pouring over how far we are away from Australia and America and basically all the places he wants to visit.) The book also introduced us to animals we’d never heard of – apparently a Plover is a type of bird who prefers to migrate to the southern part of England only – who knew?!
THE best thing about for me about the ‘Message in the Bottle’ book, is the conversation and adventure it has inspired amongst my little ones. They set up their own school one day after school, and used the book to set themselves ‘learning activities’! They had to draw Kiki’s home and make their own messages in a bottle which they put in jam jars and floated in the bath which I thought was pretty inspired!
I think a personalised book is one that is always treasured but this is particularly special as it contains a photo as well as cute details such as location and where you live which little children will love to spot! I now need to get one for my daughter as she’s desperate to have one of her own!
The ‘Message in the Bottle’ team have kindly offered a 15% discount for the first 10 readers of thimbleandtwig who purchase a copy of the book at https://www.messageinabottlebook.co.uk/. Please use the code KMPIRD at the checkout. How lovely is that? Please check it out.
Disclosure: We received this book in exchange for review. All opinions are 100% honest and my own.