What’s better than a book? (Don’t say the TV)
A personalised book which features you and the fruit of your loins, of course!
Being somewhat of a connoisseur of baby-related items since Baby L popped into the world nine months ago, I was very intrigued when I was contacted by the guys and girls at Penwizard offering me the chance to review one of their personalised children’s books. What’s more, I found out that you can actually turn your kid into cartoon form and magically place them between the pages with their favourite TV characters. How cool was that?
Being big advocates of reading to the little one whilst she’s still young to aid her development, plus being a sucker for anything that can be tailored and personalised, the review sounded right up my street. I therefore chose the ‘My Daddy’ Peppa Pig book which came with the added benefit of allowing me to put both Baby L and myself into Peppa’s world.
Check out my review of the Penwizard personalised book offering below:
The product is described as:
Your Child and their Daddy star alongside Peppa and Daddy Pig in this adorable new square hardback book in which Peppa and your child list all the things they love about their Daddies – including all their little quirks!
This funny and heart-warming personalised Peppa Pig book includes your child’s name, hairstyle and colour, skin tone and eye colour and their daddy’s hairstyle and colour, skin tone, eye colour and the option for facial hair or glasses.
There’s also an option to leave a personal message at the front of the book.
This NEW Peppa Pig personalised tale is the perfect birthday gift for daddy that will be cherished forever.
The first step was to check out the Penwizard website and have a gander at the different books available. I spent a few minutes looking through the options available and found a decent selection of books – this included familiar characters such as Peppa Pig, Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom, In the Night Garden, The Snowman and the Snowdog, as well as generic adventure books such as a footballer or a medieval princess.
At the time or ordering, Baby L was just over eight months old. As such, she hasn’t really developed an affinity with any particular children’s characters or shows. We’ve occasionally had Milkshake on the TV in the morning, but we’ve kind of decided that she likes any sounds or moving images – this means that we’ve been selfish and decided to watch what we want to watch rather than subject ourselves to the horrors of kids TV shows. I’m sure that day will come soon enough though.
So without a particular preference, I decided to play it safe and narrow my search down to a Peppa Pig book considering that it seems to be everywhere and my niece loves it. There was a menu on the website which made it pretty simple to find all Peppa Pig books- this narrowed it down to 10 different books. I had a quick look at the titles and decided to go with ‘My Daddy’, mainly because it meant I could inflate my ego by appearing alongside Baby L in a personalised book.
After selecting the book and clicking on “Create”, it was time to personalise the characters in the book. The book I selected gave me the option of personalising both the child and dad characters. First up was Baby L – I was given the options of entering a name, a personal message for the front of the book, the gender, the hair style, the hair colour, the skin colour, the eye colour and whether to have glasses or not.
I was pretty impressed with the level of personalisation you could make to the character, however as Baby L is a baby, I had to use my imagination a bit as to what she might look like when she’s a few years older. Only time will tell, but hopefully she’ll resemble the character I created or that might raise a few questions!
Next it was time for the daddy character personalisation. Similar to the child character, there was a range of features I could change, including hair style, hair colour, skin colour, eye colour and options for glasses, a beard, a moustache and sideburns. I like to think that I’m a pretty decent looking fella, however my character can’t really be considered as much of a looker unfortunately – still, it has given me a pretty awful vision of the future and an enhanced motivation not to become a big, fat slob. Every cloud and all of that.
Once the characters were created, I was given a summary, which included the names that had been entered and a mock up of what the front cover of the book would look like – this was useful for ensuring that I’d not made the usual errors. I added the book to my basket, entered my personal details and ordered the book. Shortly after, I received an email with a confirmation of my order and an expected delivery date. The whole online process had been really smooth and I’d even had a bit of unexpected fun creating the characters.
Three days later I received another email telling me that the book had been despatched and the following morning the book arrived in a cardboard envelope – a full day ahead of the expected delivery date! On opening the package, I was immediately greeted with my rotund alter ego and was pleasantly surprised at how the front cover looked exactly like I’d been shown online. I had a quick flick through and liked what I saw, but decided that I’d wait for Baby L to wake up from her nap.
The book is laminated hardback and is made up of 16 full colour pages – these feature Peppa Pig and Daddy Pig, who are joined by extra special guests Baby L and me. The story is based around Peppa Pig and Baby L listing all of the things that they love about their dads, such as playing at the beach and reading bedtime stories – each of these are nicely illustrated with crisp, colourful drawings which depict the scene being described.
The level of personalisation in the book is great. Baby L’s name is mentioned eight times and her character is shown twelve times, meaning that there is plenty of opportunity for your sprog to spot themselves or their name – there is even a poster on the bedroom wall in one scene which says “Baby L loves daddy”. The back cover of the book even features her name and our characters, whilst you have the option of also including a special personalised message at the start of the book.
On reading the book to Baby L for the first time, she reacted with a giggle on nearly every page. This was amazing to hear as she doesn’t usually react in this way to books. She’s normally very interested, tries to grab the book and will sometimes let out a noise, but something about this book made her very happy indeed. I’d like to put it down to having an awesome baby who is well beyond her years and able to recognise her future self and a fat version of her dad, but I don’t quite think this is why. Either way, the fact that she liked the book, and continues to like it, is the only thing that matters!
The ‘My Daddy’ Peppa Pig book costs £14.99 (plus £3.50 p&p) and can be bought directly from Penwizard. I think this is pretty well priced and I’d have no issue in parting with this much for a personalised book – either for myself or as a gift for a friend or relative. I wouldn’t want to spend 15 quid on a generic Peppa Pig book, but have no problem with spending that much on a special daddy and daughter book which I’ve created myself.
At a penny under 15 quid, it might be a bit more expensive than a ‘normal’ book, but the cool thing is the novelty factor associated with creating your own characters. A giggle, smile or laugh from your kid is pretty priceless and you’re bound to get plenty of these as they recognise themselves and their daddy in this book.
The personalised ‘My Daddy’ Peppa Pig book from Penwizard exceeded my expectations. I’ve seen so many baby products that claim to be personalised and have been known to rant on more than one occasion about how misleading this can be. However, with this book, it is as personalised as it can get (unless you wrote the story yourself!).
Being able to input a message and your kid’s name is nothing new, but the ability to create your own characters to represent your family is something I’ve not seen before and is actually pretty cool – my only slight annoyance was not being able to create a Baby L character that was actually a baby, which suggests that your kid needs to be toddler and above in age.
The whole online process of creating your characters and ordering the book was smooth, the price is reasonable, delivery was quicker than expected and the book has everything you want from a kiddies book (decent length, coloured pages, simple story etc). I’d not hesitate to buy another one for us when the sprog is a bit older, purchase one for a child’s birthday or recommend to others.
The DADventurer Star Rating
5 out of 5 stars
N.B. This review was written by me (Dave) and represents my honest opinion of the product. The personalised Peppa Pig book was sent to me by Penwizard with the purpose of writing an honest product review in exchange for the product.