If I had to choose one thing that really makes me excited, it would have to be personalized products. I don’t know what it is about them, but I do know that I really can never have enough of them. If those personalized items happen to have my daughter’s name (or one of her 4,000 nicknames), I’m even more smitten.
The guys at MJM Books know how important personalization is, which is why they have written and illustrated 4 ultra-customizable books that you can special order for your special little one. From the obvious personalization such as name and gender all the way to the hair color, eye color and eye wear (of the parents AND child), MJM Books offers something I have never seen before – a way to really put your child in the starring role of their very own story.
It all started with one special little girl whose uncle thought she needed something extra special for Christmas. Not just any store-bought gift would do, so Uncle Jeff sat down and wrote “If I Were Big” for his niece, thereby making one little girl’s Christmas and winning the title of coolest uncle ever. MJM Books was born, a collaboration of three brothers (Mike, Jeff and Matt) who have since released three more titles to add to their collection.
Their four books, “If I Were Big”, “What Animal Are You?” and “A Day at the Park”, and their newest title, “Ruler of Space”, are all available at their website and able to be previewed here. We received the book “If I Were Big” for review, which couldn’t have been more perfect for my not-so-big daughter with her matching nickname. In fact, the fit was so perfect that we opted to have the story written with her nickname instead of her actual name, because coincidences like this don’t just happen for nothing… or at least they don’t in our house.
I had already fallen in love with the “If I Were Big” story and artistry from the interactive demo on their website, but even I was thrilled when the book arrived in the mail and I got to see my daughter as the star. Although the whole book is available for preview on the right sidebar of the MJM website, it’s a whole new level of cute when you’ve got the 8” x 8” softcover book in your hands and you’re reading it to your little one. It’s especially so when they realize that this is no ordinary story book – because they are starring in this story.
My daughter doesn’t currently know the sign language equivalent of the phrase “I love all things personalized”, but even I can tell that she has inherited my love of personalization by the way she lights up when we read the book and loves to point at “her” in the story and then at herself. I know she will appreciate it even more as she grows older, and then even more when she can read it herself, but for now I enjoy having her sit on my lap while I read it to her.
I love that the drawings are detailed, but still really whimsical and fun, and that the writing style is fresh and cheeky – perfect for my little (no, BIG) one who likes her books with an extra dose of spunk. My favorite line would have to be “She’d have long legs and go anywhere… She’d take just one step, and POOF, she’d be there.” To be honest, once I saw the preview of “If I Were Big” on the website, I was pretty well sold. Erin Drewitz, the illustrator of “If I Were Big” absolutely nailed it with her contemporary, yet quirky images and embellishments throughout and created the perfect compliment to a story that is equally full of life.
This is the definition of a perfect gift for that special little (no…BIG) kid in your life. I would highly recommend this for all aunts, uncles, grandparents, god parents, third cousins twice removed, etc. to get for that special someone this Holiday Season. Please note that the deadline for ordering before Christmas is 12/11/09 (use code LASTMINUTE for free shipping until the 11th), or you could save it for a special birthday or celebration in the new year.
And now for the Giveaway...
This Giveaway is CLOSED. Thank you to all who entered and congratulations to Jill who won the personalized keepsake book!
On January 8th at 11:59pm PST a winner will be drawn, announced here and notified via email
A big thank you to MJM Books for creating something that is bound to be a special keepsake in our family and for offering a giveaway to our fabulous readers. No type of monetary compensation was received for this Rave Review.