I don't often declare things "the best" but a few weeks ago I was told a customized book from Marblespark was on its way and I'll be honest I was a little skeptical. I only like to show you things I think are amazing and my past experience with personalized books was only OK.
Last year one of my sisters was so sweet and ordered Kayla a couple of personalized books. Don't get me wrong, they were nice and it was neat for Kayla to hear her name being read throughout the story, but the publisher was doing nothing other than changing some names around in the text, declaring it personalized and custom and shipping them out at about $20 a pop.
So when 'Twas The Mouse Who Saved Christmas showed up at my front door I expected it to be the same sort of not-that-personal personalization that I had seen in the past...and boy was I wrong!
It's one thing for your child to see their name inserted into a paragraph of black text. It's an entirely different thing for them to see their name inserted into the illustrations of the book. I bet you can guess which is more engaging and exciting for little ones! I was actually excited and in total disbelief when I saw this image below where Pipp the mouse tried to write Kayla's name but it didn't quite come out.
The thing that gets me about most personalized books is that they tend to take a not-so-awesome story, toss your child's name in there and then guess who gets stuck reading it? My sister will have to forgive me but the honest truth is that while Kayla thought it was neat hearing her name in that Dora book, it was one of those books that my husband and I would call "not it" when it came time to read the story.
What sells me on 'Twas the Mouse Who Saved Christmas is that it's actually an adorable story that I enjoyed reading to Kayla and that Kayla seemed to really react to. I wish I had a picture of the look on her face when she saw the little mouse Pipp holding onto her name. Followed by the furrowed brow at the idea of her name being left off of Santa's list. Rest assured, Pip gets the whole thing figured out.
And the story ends with the sweetest note from Santa and a reminder of what Christmas is really all about! I'm going to fess up and say that I got a little bit emotional reading this part of the book to Kayla before dropping her off at school the other day because they are just such perfect words to tell your child right now.
You can check out the Marblespark books right here I can't wait to see what other books they come out with soon!