Penwizard Personalise Perfect Christmas Books

I’ve got a confession to make, I’m a secret Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom fan (although not quite so secret now come to think of it.) I actually think it is one of the funniest kids programmes currently on the television, one of those that works on different levels so they appeal to kids and make adults laugh too. Nanny Plum is a total hoot, King Thistle is like every grouchy dad you will ever meet, and Big Bad Barry is a total legend in our house.

Ben and Holly used to be one of Joe’s favourite programmes, and now my beautiful niece Renee is addicted to it, watching it several times daily (if allowed.). So thank goodness for the genius that is Penwizard, who have given Renee the opportunity to star in her very own Ben and Holly adventure, just in time for Christmas.

Your Child's Christmas at the North Pole Hardback £19.99 Softback £14.99 Click to visit Penwizard

Your Child’s Christmas at the North Pole Hardback £19.99 Softback £14.99 Click to visit Penwizard

Penwizard are the creators of a fantastic line of personalised stories that put your child in the thick of the action. Based around well known TV characters like Ben and Holly and Peppa Pig, In the Night Garden and Raymond Brigg’s ‘The Snowman’, the Penwizard team create a range of super new stories that have a brand new character and co-star – your child.

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In terms of Renee’s book, I was really impressed With the high quality illustrations, the cute involving story and a real attempt at personalisation that includes using your child’s hair colour and style. This is most definitely a present that would totally delight any Ben and Holly fan if they found it in their stocking or under the Christmas tree on December 25th.

Ben, Holly and Renee

Ben, Holly and Renee

There is still time to order your personalised book, as all orders placed by 15th December will be delivered in time for Santa’s visit. There are also discounts available on the website if you are ordering more than one product.

Special Discount for Fashion-Mommy readers

Fashion-Mommy has a discount code for readers so you can get £3 off all books until 15th December 2015.

The code is: PENWIZARD3

Enjoy!

 

 

The Irish Fairy Door Company

A perfect Christmas present for those who love fairy stories and the wonderful world of make believe launched in this UK this Autumn. The Irish Fairy Door Company allows little boys and girls to invite a fairy to become part of their family and live in their homes. For those who believe that the internet age means less use of imaginative play – this may actually provide an answer that imagination and the internet can work together to produce fun, imaginative scenarios.

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The Irish Fairy Door is a little, handmade wooden door that you put in a special place for your child. Outside it you place some stepping stones and a small, silver key. This is left overnight, if it has disappeared in the morning, this means that a fairy has moved into your home.  You can then choose a name for your fairy, register this, either by email or online and unlock a world of imagination from Fairy Valley.

The fairy doors are all handmade in Ireland from wood, and come in a range of colours, shapes and designs. They can be used on walls, skirting boards, in classrooms, on outside walls, on tree trunks, quite literally anywhere, and are suitable for both girls and boys. There are also add on’s if you want to extend your fairy space, with washing lines of fairy clothing (male and female) and a fairy doormat to create a scene that shows your fairy has truly moved in.

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The Irish Fairy Door Company £19.97 Click to visit Amazon

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Irish Fairy Door Welcome Mat £4.59 Click to visit Amazon

Irish Fairy Door Welcome Mat £4.59 Click to visit Amazon

Irish Fairy Door Picket Fence White Decal Pack £9.99 click to visit Amazon

Irish Fairy Door Picket Fence White Decal Pack £9.99 click to visit Amazon

 

I love the idea of this as a wonderful present for a child. The interactive element of the fairy door means that your child will enter a magical world, with stories and ideas for games delivered straight from the Fairy Valley. But, of course, your child will be able to make up their own stories, draw pictures of what they think their fairy looks like, and maybe design the inside of their fairies home – that is the real beauty of the Fairy Door – there are just so many possibilities of how this will stimulate ideas and imagination.

 

 

Review – Peter Rabbit animated series books

A big success on Cbeebies this year has been the gorgeous series based on the Peter Rabbit books by Beatrix Potter.  The Peter Rabbit animated series is perfect for children under 7, with wonderful characters in the form of Peter, Benjamin and Lily (amongst others) and visually stunning animation that presents Peter as the lovely, wide eyed bunny we know and love from the classic stories.

This Christmas there have been a series of books released to tie in with the series, and these would make fantastic Christmas stocking fillers for  youngsters. The books range from traditional stories, in both board book and paperback form, and also a range of puzzle books that are perfect for slightly older children.

I was sent some of the books to review (or rather, for Joe to review). Here are our opinions.

Book 1 The Peter Rabbit Club.

This is the story of what happens when Peter and friends decide to form their very own adventure club. Joe loved this story, and wanted to set up his own club to copy Peter. We loved that the book is just right for little hands to hold and read, and the illustrations are just gorgeous – totally matching the high levels of the TV series. There are some difficult words in this for young readers (treacherous for example), so I would definitely say this is a book to enjoy and read together – perfect for a bedtime story.

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Book 2 – The Peter Rabbit Secret Treehouse Sticker book

This is a great companion piece to the story. The book is full of problem solving, secret sticker stories and maps, all of which can be decorated with the stickers that you find in the centre of the book. This is the perfect activity book that can keep a child busy on a rainy afternoon, or on a long car journey. I love that the book challenges children – the memory game in particular is great – you have to look at a picture of the secret treehouse for one minute, then turn the page and answer questions. Fun and educational in one – such a lovely idea.

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Book 3 – Happy Christmas!

This is a gorgeous board book that is perfect for pre-schoolers who love Peter Rabbit. Joe enjoyed the story – all children love Christmas stories, but did think he was a little grown up for it, and has passed it on to his cousin Renee instead – at 18months she is also a Peter Rabbit fan, and totally adores the lovely illustrations, particularly pointing out a rather lovely cat. (She has two cats and just loves them!)

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I think these are a lovely set of stories, suitable for children in Key Stage one and younger. If you’re child is also a fan of Peter Rabbit, you may be interested to sign up for the Peter Rabbit newsletter. (You can do this by clicking here.)

*I was sent books from the Peter Rabbit series in return for a honest review.