I have a niece and nephew who live in Turkey, and I try to send them the occasional ‘care’ package of treats close to their birthdays, or randomly if I find something I know they will love. When I was asked to review The Little Boy Who Lost His Name book, I was a little cheeky and asked for a The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name book as well, as I knew exactly where I wanted to send the books!
Since my niece Melek and nephew Zeki are half Turkish, they have names that would never appear in English books normally, so the idea of being able to send them English books personalised with their names was exciting!
When the books arrived, the covers and quality of the books really didn’t disappoint.
The idea of the books is, that the child has forgotten or ‘lost’ their name and they must go on an adventure to find it again. They meet some wonderful creatures along the way, and each one provides the child with a letter from their name.
Even the grumpy mermaid helps Melek to find her M, even if it is very begrudgingly! My favourite though is definitely the gorgeous elephant, which appears in both of their books.
I really can’t wait for my niece and nephew to receive these books, so I’m off to post them as soon as I finish typing this, and I know they will love them. Melly Moo has already seen a preview on Whatsapp and was very excited.
The illustrations in the book are brilliant, and I would happily have framed versions on a children’s bedroom wall, they’re that good. Some of the creatures are quite funny as well, such as the Elk who is worried that he has a tree growing on his head after eating an acorn, luckily the little girl reassured him they’re just antlers.
I love the personal touches and attention to detail in both books, such as the introduction to the book at the beginning that is personalised as well.
The books were created by three Dad’s and an Uncle who did them firstly as a DIY project selling a few here and there, but unsurprisingly considering how brilliant they are, they have really taken off in popularity.
They have even set it up so that with every book you order, you get a leaflet through with an email address and Facebook page on, which you can upload pictures of the child’s reaction to finding their name in the books. I think that’s a fun idea, and I will be sending the leaflet along with the books to my sister to see if she wants to do the same with her two in Turkey.
If you want to get hold of your own copy of the books, then head to the Lost My Name website I highly recommend them! You can also see more of the idea of the books in the video below.