Myself and Little Man are always looking for new stories to share together so we were very excited to receive James and the Birthday Balloon by Nicola J Rowley to review.
James and the Birthday Balloon is all about a little boy called James and his best friend Ruby. At Ruby’s birthday party they both get a special balloon each. Unfortunately Ruby loses hers and ends up falling over whilst she is looking for it and hurting her leg. Ruby goes to hospital and James visits her to make her feel better to give her his special balloon.
One of the things I really loved about this story was the reassurance it brings for little ones about a visit to hospital. The story talks you through Ruby’s hospital visit and how much better it was than she thought it was going to be. It tells the reader who will be at the hospital and how Ruby’s Mummy was with her through the whole time. Earlier in the story James had already reassured Ruby that she would be okay in hospital too.
However the main thing I thought was so lovely about James and the Birthday Balloon was the that it is all about friendship and putting other people before yourself. James looked after Ruby when she hurt herself and then made her smile by giving her his balloon. He was really happy that he made her happy. There is a lovely message about kindness running through the whole book and how it can not just make the person that you are being kind to feel good but it can make you feel good too.
The illustrations in the book are bright and colourful and the story itself is really engaging. Little Man really enjoyed it and asks for James and the Birthday Balloon to be read regularly or he sits and reads it himself.
At the end of the book is a QR code which you can scan to have Dr Ranj read the story out loud. Little Lady really enjoyed listening to the recording as she is a big Dr Ranj fan on Cbeebies. And just to top it all off for every copy sold a donation is made to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital.
We really loved James and the Giant Balloon and it has earnt a place on Little Man’s bookshelf in his room! All in all a really lovely story of friendship, reassurance and the importance of making someone smile.
I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review. All of my opinions are 100% my own.