Its Your Story Book Review

You can’t beat cuddling together in an evening for a bedtime story for your little ones. Did you know that you can make it extra special with a personalised book?!

its your story book review

I was delighted to have been selected to review a personalised book especially for Fathers Day by Its Your Story.

Its Your Story are a family run business based in Somerset. They launched in 2004 and were the first company in the UK to sell photo personalised books on the internet. They now boast a range of 26 books, cards, ebooks and loads more including a new personalised clothing range.

The book I was selected to review is called Zoo Adventure.

its your story book review

It is personalised for Fathers Day with the head of your little ones Daddy, your little ones name, first line of their address, town, age, names of two friends and favorite food, their Daddy’s favorite colour, favorite food and age. You can also add a personal message from you on the first page.

its your story book review

its your story book review

It’s a lovely little story about your little one and their Daddy’s trip to your local zoo and all the fun that they have, swinging with the monkeys, getting a hug off the snakes, waddling with the penguins and so much more.

its your story book review

The book is aimed at children from two to six years old. It is well laid out with large clear print using words that are easy for little ones to read. Each page is interactive with questions like; Can you roar like a lion?

How many teeth does the crocodile have?

You can purchase the book directly from their website by clicking here and prices start at a reasonably priced £12.50. Or you can check out their entire range here and choose a book from their selection. The personalisation process is very simple to do by following the online prompts on your chosen book.

We loved this book and think its a great idea for that extra special thoughtful gift. I know for sure my boys would love to have their own personal little book and I think I might like my own too 🙂 so a few more purchases are definitely on the cards in this household.

I was sent this book free of charge for the purpose of this review, I have received no other form of financial compensation and all opinions expressed are entirely my own.


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Celebrating World Book Day


I absolutely love reading. Right from being a young girl I have very fond memories of my Mum reading to me and eventually, reading on my own. I can recall receiving books from my parents for Christmas and I would read a whole book before Christmas Lunch! I loved books that much, I even studied A-Level English Literature at 6th Form.  

When I had my children I always encouraged them to read and enjoy books, which they have and still do. But, out of the two its Bruiser’s that is the real little book-worm. I think he takes after me.

In celebration of World book Day, my boys are taking part and dressing up for the day. Wriggler is dressing up as the loved by all and his favorite Comic Book Hero, Spiderman. I’m sure he will also be taking part in various book related activities during the day too. All week he has been learning about the author Anthony Brown. I’ve learnt so much about him from Wriggler when he has come home from school. He’s really showed a lot of interest. I love that he’s enjoyed learning more about books and about the people who write them.

Bruiser isn’t at nursery or going to groups today but I’m sure he will want to dress up as something in the house. I’ll be sure to get his books out too and make the most of them! Wriggler has decided that a trip to the library after school would be a good way to celebrate too!

In the past for, Children’s Book WeekI have shared Wriggler and Bruiser’s favorite stories and books. This time, I thought I would share with you some of my personal favorites.


This book is my All Time Favorite Read!

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austin

For me this is a timeless classic that needs no introduction. A book that was recommended to me by my Mum when I was in my early teens. I get swept away by the lovely Mr Darcy every time. Its also a favorite of my Nan! (this copy of the book is something like my 4th copy of it, the others having fell apart… from over reading i think :-))


My Best Friend's Girl

My Best Friends Girl, by Dorothy Koomson

Best friends Kamryn Matika and Adele Brannon thought nothing could come between them – until Adele did the unthinkable and slept with Kamryn’s fiance, Nate. Worse still, she got pregnant and had his child. When Kamryn discovered the truth about their betrayal she vowed never to see any of them again. Two years later, Kamryn receives a letter from Adele asking her to visit her in hospital. Adele is dying and begs Kamryn to adopt her daughter, Tegan. With a great job and a hectic social life, the last thing Kamryn needs is a five-year-old to disrupt things. Especially not one who reminds her of Nate. But with no one else to take care of Tegan and Adele fading fast, does she have any other choice?  So begins a difficult journey that leads Kamryn towards forgiveness, love, responsibility and, ultimately, a better understanding of herself. (link back)

A very touching story, it made me laugh and cry at the same time in parts. A book that I just cannot recommend enough.


Bridget Jones Diary (both books)

Bridget Jones Diary (both books) by Helen Fielding

Bridget Jones’ Diary is the devastatingly self-aware, laugh-out-loud daily chronicle of Bridget’s permanent, doomed quest for self-improvement — a year in which she resolves to: reduce the circumference of each thigh by 1.5 inches, visit the gym three times a week not just to buy a sandwich, form a functional relationship with a responsible adult, and learn to program the VCR. (link back)

Bridget Jones, the Edge of Reason. The Wilderness Years are over! But not for long. In The Edge of Reason, she discovers what it is like when you have the man of your dreams actually in your flat and he hasn’t done the washing-up, not just the whole of this week, but ever. Bridget embarks on a spiritual epiphany, which takes her from the cappuccino queues of Notting Hill to the palm- and magic-mushroom-kissed shores of … (link back)

I first read these books before the films were made. They make me literally laugh out loud when I read them. Which used to be quite embarrassing on the bus/train journey to work I might add. When I want to read something easy going, these are the books! I’m looking forward to book 3!


My Sisters Keeper

My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

It is about Anna. Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. (link back).

I loved this book. It stirred up so many emotions and thoughts I never thought id consider. A definite must read. I will add though that the film does not do it justice in the very least and the ending has been changed significantly. If you are considering the film, read the book first!


Last but by no means least…

50 Shades of Grey Trilogy

50 Shades of Grey (the Trilogy), by Erika Leonard James

How could I leave these books out. These too need no introduction! Whilst they aren’t (in my personal opinion) great literary masterpieces. Seriously… who hasn’t fallen for Mr Grey?? 😉


What are your favorite books? Are your little ones celebrating World Book Day?

Hop over to the World Book Day website to learn more about today, see what other people are doing around the UK, events being held and other fun stuff.


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Celebrating Children’s Book Week


In celebration of Children’s Book Week, i’m sharing with you the books loved most of all by my little ones.




Wriggler’s absolute favorite book as a baby. This one made the keepsake box!

Another one that made the keepsake box 🙂

Wriggler knew and loved this book that much, he could read it to you from the pictures alone without missing a word! (bear in mind he couldn’t even read at the time)




Bruiser’s absolute favorite. Its been read that much, the book is falling apart! Another one for the keepsake box 🙂

Bruiser liked this one so much we had to get the others in the series out from the library to give me and his dad something different to read.

Bruiser would get so excited about the mirror at the end of the book he would turn pages before you had finished reading 🙂


Wriggler reading his school book to Bruiser

Little Book Worm

Wriggler reading ‘Just Like Me’ to Bruiser


Which books do your little one’s love most of all and why?