I have to admit I’m bit obsessed with buying books for Mini. I love to find new stories and adventures for her to read and learn from. When I heard about The Forgotten Forest and had the chance to review one of the very first copies, I definitely wanted to hear more.
The Forgotten Forest is published by Oh Zoe and gives all children the opportunity to see themselves as the hero in the story. The book is uniquely personalised to each child and has the most fantastic and diverse range of options I’ve ever seen in a book. You can choose from:
- 8 skin tones
- 6 eye colours
- 12 hair styles
- 25 hair colours
- Hearing Aid
- Ear Defenders
I found the ordering process really quick and easy to use. As well as selecting from the following options for the main character you then personalise the story even further using the following details of the child:
- their name
- the town / city where they live
- their favourite colour
- the name of their road / street
- the day and month of their birthday
- the name of their favourite toy or a family member
Our book arrived beautifully wrapped and Mini was really excited to read the story. We cuddled up on the sofa to read the book together. The story, written by Victoria Richards, tells of a child who must find hidden clues in order to unlock the forest from an everlasting winter.
Mini was enjoying the first part of the story, and I loved the bright and beautiful pictures, illustrated by Sas & Yosh. We then came to the part in the story where her name was revealed as the heroine. At first she didn’t believe me that it said her name and had to double check for herself. As we read further on, I loved having a sneaky peak at her face as I read out more and more of her details. She was surprised and delighted just how much the book contained about her.
After we’d read the story, she immediately asked if we could read it all over again. That evening, we had friends over for dinner and she asked them to read the book to her another 3 times. She then asked me to read it to her again that evening for bedtime. She also couldn’t wait to take it to my moms house as Nanny also had a special mention in the book. They had a lovely time reading the book together. This time, Mini got to watch Nanny’s face as she found out that she was in the book too!
I can honestly say the book has gone down amazingly in our house, I’ve never had Mini ask me to read her the same book over and over as many times as The Forgotten Forest.
Mini loved the fact that her name was in the book. Her name (Emelia) is quite an unusual spelling so normally when there are personalised gifts in shops they never have her name.
I’ve really enjoyed reading the story to Mini and love the messages that the story portrays about bravery, courage and kindness. I think that the story would be great for children 3-8 and would make a perfect gift that can be treasured for years to come.
The Forgotten Forest is being launched as a Kickstarter project and you can order your copy here, I promise you won’t be disappointed.