Okay, so those of you who know me well, know I am a bit of a nature nerd. And I am also rapidly working towards turning my little girl into a voracious bookworm and fledgling linguaphile. All great things to aspire to, in my opinion! But then I guess I’d have to say that, wouldn’t I?!
“‘I’m a N-N-Nabarlek,’ it stammered,
‘Don’t laugh, please, it’s true.
I’m definitely not a wallaby, or even a kangaroo.'”
(David Cadji-Newby, The little girl who lost her name).
The nabarlek (Petrogale concinna), also known as the pygmy rock-wallaby or the little rock-wallaby, is a very small species of macropod found in northern Australia. It was formerly considered distinct enough to be assigned its own genus, Peradorcas, but it is now considered to belong, like the rest of the rock-wallabies, in the genus Petrogale.
One of my very best friends in the world bought a truly inspired present for our girly for her first birthday. One of the most brilliant children’s books I’ve ever seen. Not least because inside, we found our first Nabarlek together! I do not blog for money, none of my posts are advertising fodder or sponsored in anyway. So believe me when I say that I really do think that ‘The little girl/boy who lost her/his name‘ books are utterly fantastic!
In their own words, “We are three dads and an uncle, who started all this as a DIY project (it beats putting up wonky shelves). The aim was to make the best personalised book in the world. Yeah. We know. But hey, if you’re not going to be ambitious, what’s the point?”.
I’m just one mum, but I for one think they are indeed the most awesome personalised book that I’ve ever seen. And there are obviously a few other fans too, because they are now a successful, thriving, fully-fledged business, rather than a part-time, very ambitious ‘DIY project’. I love a good success story.
The books are personalised and structured around your child’s own name, which is such a special way to involve little people in reading. The story takes you on a little journey to find the child’s name, meeting weird and wonderful new friends like the nabarlek on the way.
David Cadji-Newby is a British writer, who weaves the most lyrical of stories, using wonderful words like ‘courageous’ and ‘glamourous’. Charming and witty, and not a goat in a boat or a cat on a mat to be seen. It is a real revelation in writing for children.
The books in the series are illustrated by Pedro Serapicos, to whom credit for the illustration above belongs. He has a really fresh, distinctive style, which perfectly brings to life the words on the page.
Our little girl loves looking at the pictures and is so thrilled when we get to the end in a flurry of excitement because we’ve found her name. Still a long way off, but I am looking forward to seeing what happens when she can read it herself. I can pretty much guarantee that it will be amongst the favourites in her growing book collection.
Did you ever have a personalised children’s book that you loved? Or have you bought one for someone else? There are so many birthday parties when your children are little, and books are usually my first choice of gift. Inspiration would be very welcome!