Can I tell you a little secret? I’ve always fancied owning a library. While this may sound like the most bizarre thing you’ve heard today, it stems from an inherent desire to possess DIFFERENT types of books. While I do not see this plan of mine materializing anytime soon, it does not stop us mother-daughter duo from adding new books to our collection from time to time.
Recently, while browsing through Facebook, I came across the ‘Lost My Name’ series of children’s books. One look at the ‘concept’ behind The little girl who lost her NAME, and I knew this would be an instant hit with my daughter.
The tale behind Lost My Name
Once upon a time (in 2012) four Dads – Tal, Asi, Pedro, and David got together to make a book. By combining the power of amazing stories with the possibilities of technology, they went on to create a magical, personalized experience for kids, better than one had ever been made before. Would you believe they worked on it in their spare time, more as a pet project?
Lost My Name was their first title and the most popular one; with the company having sold over 500,000 copies in more than 135 countries around the world. They’ve published quite a few books since then.
The book is about a little girl who wakes up one morning to discover that she has lost her name. Being ever so courageous, she sets out on a journey to find it. Along the way, she encounters a series of animals and special characters that lend her one alphabet of her name each. On assembling these alphabets, her joy has no bounds when she realizes that she has found her name after all.
To begin with, you have the option of creating the book from scratch. On going to their website, you are prompted to enter the name of your child, select the language, choose whether you want the book for a girl or a boy and click ‘Create’. You can even go a step further and select the type of adventurer you would like, which for little girls is a choice between a blonde and brunette. On doing so, you are directed towards a quick preview of the book.
At this stage, and to make things even more interesting, you can once again choose from different characters based on the alphabets in your child’s name. For example, in the case of my daughter who is called Meher, I had a choice between a ‘Monkey’ and a ‘Mermaid’ when it came to the letter ‘M’.
While the personalization strikes a chord with the kids (but naturally), the true appeal lies in the fact the entire story is woven around their name. Being ‘made to order’, each adventure is unique and features a different cast. Graphic designer Pedro Serapicos has done a brilliant job with the illustrations.
The book allows for a special dedication message which can be printed for free on the very first page. A very heartwarming gesture, it instantly allows the child to form a deep connect with the book. Besides, the entire story has a lovely rhyme to it, making it particularly delightful for our young readers aged 2-7.
In being personalized and customized, it makes a perfect gift for special occasions. But the cherry on the cake is that the company is willing to gift wrap it for you at a nominal charge of £2.50.
Lost My Name provides free shipping worldwide. It costs £19.99 for a soft cover version. The expected date of delivery is clearly mentioned while making the purchase with an option to EXPRESS it at an extra cost during checkout. Last but not the least, if you were to order another one of their books at the same time, there is a 10% discount on the next item.
Can it get any better than this? Go grab your copy now.
‘The little girl who lost her NAME’ will make a wonderful keepsake with my daughter. Should you wish to read a review of the ‘male’ version of the book, see what fellow blogger Tarana Khan from Sand in my Toes has to say right here.
Also, while we were provided with a copy of this book for the purpose of a review, all views and opinions expressed here are sincerely my own.