When I was a child, my mom purchased several personalized books for me. They were generally Sesame Street or another book with a "Michelle" who was mentioned but never - or rarely - pictured who was the star of the book helping to track down a missing pigeon or involved in some other mystery. The fact that I can remember the story of the detective Michelle and the missing pigeon for the Great Pigeon Race is a testament to how much I loved having a book that was "about me."
Today, books like this are still sold, and we recently experienced one that is far more personalized than any I'd seen previously. Not only was Mister Man's name in the book, but I was able to write a personalized message to him that was printed at the beginning of the book and we also designed the look of the Mister Man character.
Yep, we designed it. For the Little Wonders books, you go online to create your star. There are characters for both boys and girls, and you select the appropriate face shape, skin tone, hair style, dimples, freckles, eye color and shape, etc.
Granted, when Mister Man and I designed his character together, he started out creating a ... unique looking fellow. After playing with it for a bit, we decided to make his character look like him. It obviously isn't exact but to be able to have a boy with light brown hair with hazel eyes really makes it perfect for him.
There are two different kinds of books - soft cover and hardcover. The hardcover is $29.99, while the soft cover is $12.99, plus shipping and handling. You could also do a digital download for $4.99.
Once the book arrived, I couldn't wait to show it to Mister Man. As he saw what was inside the box, his face lit up. He and the book disappeared for a good half hour before I tracked him down and turned on the video camera.
Of course now I can't figure out how to make the video upright - anyone who can tell me how to make it so you don't get a crick in your neck watching this wins my undying gratitude.
And of course... you can't make a video without the outtakes!
I loved that the book wasn't short or skimpy and had a pretty decent story to it that draws you in rather than just relying on the fact that the book has a child's name in it to be the attraction. It is a pretty decent quality binding and book, so I'm not worried that it will fall apart anytime soon, as this is definitely one that we'll keep forever.
Love the idea? Order yours by December 10 to ensure that it arrives in time for the holidays. Or you could be the lucky reader to win your choice of hardcover either Little Boy Wonder or Little Girl Wonder.
So what do you have to do to win a personalized book like this? First of all, let me stress that you must follow all the rules. If you do not follow the rules, your entry will not count!
This contest is open until Monday December 6 at 7pm CST. I must have a valid way to reach you, so leave me your email address in your comment or be sure your profile has your email address visible. No duplicate comments will count. This giveaway is open to US residents age 18 and older. Winners will be selected via random.org and must respond within 24 hours of being notified by me or I will select a new winner.
Mandatory Entry: What was your favorite book as a child?
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In the interest of full disclosure, I received a Little Boy Lightning book from MomSelect for review purposes. I received no compensation, and all opinions expressed are my own.