Monday 23 April 2018

James and the Birthday Balloon by Nicola J. Rowley - Book Review

Being massive book lovers, we always like receiving new books in our house. We recently got our hands on a copy of James and the Birthday Balloon by Nicola J. Rowley. It's a short illustrated story which seemed perfect to read to both 3 year old E and 5 year old C.

The story follows James and Ruby who are best friends. It's Ruby's birthday and she throws a party on the farm where she lives. Each child receives a balloon from the entertainer and although they've been told to hold onto the string very tightly, Ruby accidentally lets go of hers and whilst running after it, trips and injures herself.

This is such a beautifully descriptive story that really puts you in the book and the imagery helps picture the scene. It's a lovely book about friendship and I love how James is described as being able to make everyone around him smile and be happy - just how I see my own son C. 

As well as the friendship aspect, as Ruby needs to go to the hospital after her accident, it explores her feelings about being scared but reassures readers that everything will be okay and hospitals shouldn't be scary, it is where we go to get help. Great for any child who does need to go into hospital.

We love this book and C has even had a go at reading it by himself, it's perfect for early readers. As if that wasn't enough, there is a QR code that you can scan to get the free audio book read by one of C's favourite's - Dr Ranj!

You can purchase your own paperback copy for £7.99 on Amazon.

(We received this book for the purpose of this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.) 

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