Two years ago, at our traditional Christmas eve dinner, our children were given a couple very special books. My wonderful aunts have had a knack for finding unique gifts since I was a child. But, that year they outdid themselves. When Zyler and Alex each received books that were personalized with their names being the centre of the story. Zyler having such an obscure name, this was surprising and wonderful. Considering he will never find his name on those personalized gift shop pens and keychains.
Lost My Name is an award winning publication business started in 2013, headquartered in London, UK. On their website http://www.lostmy.name, users are able to insert a name of their choosing and instantly have a story book written featuring each individual letter. Gaining much of their start-up from the BBC version of Dragon’s Den, Lost My Name was founded by ‘three dads and an uncle’. Since inception, the company has earned much reputation and awards for its innovation, is available in 10+ languages, and has earned millions globally. Boasting a 100% independent company and self published books.
The story feature a boy or girl of your choice, with varieties in skin and hair colours, who wakes up forgetting their name. The child sets of on a journey, in a courageous way, to find what was lost. Through the tale, the child meets upon animals, creatures, and mythical beasts that each face a dilemma of their own. After the child assists the new friend they are rewarded with a letter that is missing from their name. Until the conclusion where the letters are put together to show the child their own name.
The fun part of these books is all of the individual creatures you meet along the way. When I put Onion in for an example, I was rewarded with meeting an ostrich, a narwhale, an imp, and so on. Zyler was lucky enough to find a yeti, and Alex kicks off her adventure by meeting an Angel. Each story being unique to each individual name.
The artwork is whimsical, eye appealing for children of all ages. And, the story, no matter what name involved, has a magical feel. This is a book that does not disappoint. A perfect gift for any child on your Christmas list. 5/5, for magic and innovation. A special book that parents will want to keep safe for years. My children still love flipping through the book, and screaming ‘that’s my name’ when they reach the final pages. I highly recommend ordering a copy for those special little sprouts in your life.
Thanks booknerds, now if only I could personalize this blog for each individual visitor.