I started reading books to Grace when she was about 8 months old. I couldn’t wait and I can distinctly remember the cardboard book that I first started reading to her. From then on, more and more books made an appearance and some of our favourites included ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and ‘Stick Man’.
There is one book that has recently made an appearance which I wish had been around when Grace was small. Message in a Bottle is a unique concept in the fact that you can type your very own message when creating the book and you are able to upload a photograph of your own to be included in the printed copy too. The drawings are eye-catching, colourful and beautiful and I firmly believe that it would be a big hit with any child that received it.
I have been involved with the creators since March this year to assist them with copy, build up a launch team and assist with publicity – and there were two main reasons that I got on board. The first was because of the passion that the team had and the second were the stunning illustrations by the lady who headed up the whole concept, Tuire Siiriainen. I really believed that this book was something special – and I haven’t been disappointed in the slightest.
When I got sent the proof copy, I have to admit to shedding a tear or two. Seeing someone’s pride and joy go from being a thought process and the hard work put in to creating it to becoming a reality is an emotional thing and placing my orders – one for Grace and one for my niece, Lily – and having them arrive on my doorstep, was a very special thing indeed.
The Message in a Bottle story follows Kiki, a brave and inquisitive bird, who wants to see the world. When a bottle containing a message (the one to your child) washes up on the shores of where she lives, she sets off on an adventure to find it’s rightful owner. Along the way she meets many different animals from many different lands. Most of them help, and some of them hinder, but eventually she reaches her destination and delivers the bottle with message intact.
I love this story. It is perfectly written by Tom Percival and, together with the illustrations, it is just the right length to engage your child. The animals in the book are all full of character and I love the fact that they are not your ‘run of the mill’ species that you find in most story books!
To compliment the animals in the book, your children also have access to Kiki’s Kid’s Club over on the Message in a Bottle website. This means that you and your child can sit together and delve a bit further into Kiki’s world and find out more about the animals who help her on her adventures. There are quizzes and games and downloads – and whilst I am on the subject of the website, I have to say that I think it is just as eye-catching and beautiful as the book.
One of the initial concerns I had was regarding the creation of your own copy of the book. I was worried that you would have to stick to a specified template when creating your message – as governed by them – but it is not the case. The templates are just there to guide and help you in case you are not sure of what to write.
Once you have put in the name of the recipient, their address (being as detailed with this as you like) and chosen a message and uploaded a photograph (optional) then you can place the order knowing that the price you pay includes postage to any European country including the UK. The cost is £19.95 which I believe is very reasonable given the extra work that has to go into creating each book individually. And, if you order a second book, you will receive a 15% discount.
Added extras in the ordering process also includes the beautiful gift wrap that has been specially created to compliment the book. On top of that, once you have created the book and placed your order, you can share your own special code on social media which means that, if someone purchases the book, you will receive a FREE memory card game featuring the characters from Message in a Bottle.
Here are Grace’s thoughts via a video we recorded:
It would have been easy for me to have become biased about this book but I can assure you I haven’t. As soon as Ross and I are successful in adding another child to our family, there is no doubt that another version of Message in a Bottle will be placed on order.
If you would like to order a copy of Message in a Bottle and put my review to the test, then I am pleased to be able to offer you a discount code for 15% off of your order. Simply use the code upon checkout: 5N1IDE
Disclosure: Thank you to the people at Message in a Bottle for giving us this book in return for a review. Please note that all words, images and opinions have been formed by the owner of this blog and have not been influenced in any way. Please do not reproduce any of the content or images on this post without prior agreement from Verily Victoria Vocalises.