When I showed B his Very Happy Birthday Book, he clapped his hands and couldn't wait to sit down and read it with me... keep in mind that he is two... so we read it over and over. I kept showing him his name and birthday throughout the book and he was amazed. He especially LOVED his name on the cake and on the birthday banner. (Not only is B's name on the cover and in the story, but it is also worked in with the pictures on the cake inside and on a birthday banner and a birthday invitation)
I have no idea how I See Me!, Inc does it, but the printing and addition of B's information into the book is simply flawless, it looks perfect!
The greatest thing about this book is that it is personalized, and there are actually quite a few options you can choose from:
1. You can choose between the book for boys (greens and blues) and the book for girls (pink and purple
2. You can specify the number of candles/birthday year (1st birthday = will show 1 birthday candle on the cover and throughout the book, and will say Happy 1st Birthday, 2nd birthday = will show 2 birthday candles, etc. If you select the generic birthday, ie no 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc, you will get the cake shown, with the Happy Birthday candles.)
3. You can use your child's middle name, or choose to leave it out
4. You can create a dedication that will be printed on the inside front pages of the book. This is really great for leaving a quick message for your child, that will later become a keepsake. (Don't have a clue what to write for the dedication? No worries, they have a whole list of suggestions you can use)
The book itself is 6" x 6", hardbound with a glossy cover and beautiful board book type pages. The pages are FULL color from edge to edge, and are done in bright colors.
Looking for a personalized children's book, but not a birthday book? GO check out I See me! - not only do they have the personalized birthday books for boys and girls, they have books for: My Very Own Name, My Very Own Fairytale, My Very Own Pirate Tale, My Royal Birthday Adventure (Girls), My Royal Birthday Adventure (Boys), Who Loves Me?, God Loves You, The Super, Incredible Big Sister, The Super, Incredible Big Brother, The World According To Me, Who Loves Me? For Siblings, Who Loves Me? For Twins, A Christmas Bear For Me, My Very Merry Christmas Board Book, and A Hanukkah Bear For Me.
by Jennifer Dewing, illustrated by Mati McDonough
I See Me!, Inc. ~ 22 pages
Fiction / Children's / Personalized
Edition Reviewed: Hardback - Review copy received courtesy of I See Me! Inc for the purposes of this review. All opinions are 100% mine.
About the Book: (Taken from the website)
My Very Happy Birthday is an adorable personalized hardcover book with durable board pages, especially for babies and toddlers. In this delightful story, Duck, Mouse, Turtle, Bluebird and other friends come together to prepare a special birthday party and cake for your little boy [or girl]. As an added personal touch, this beautifully illustrated book includes a personalized cover and a printed dedication from the sender.About I See Me! Inc: (from the publisher's site)
Made in the USA, this storybook is written by award-winning author Jennifer Dewing and illustrated by Mati Rose McDonough.
On the order page, if you specify which birthday the child is celebrating (1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.), the number will be included on the cover and on 5 pages in the book. Take a virtual tour of the book with "1st" on the cover and throughout the book. If you specify "2nd" or "3rd", etc., that number will be printed instead. The cake will include the correct number of candles!
If you answer "any" to the question on the order page about which birthday the child is celebrating, the book will look like the one displayed in the main virtual tour. We do not calculate which birthday the child is celebrating because many times the book is given as a belated gift after the birthday.
See frequently asked questions for further information about ordering this book.
Gender and ages: Boys ages 0-10. (See our boy version as well.) Size: 6" x 6" Number of pages: 20 durable board pages Shipping Standard delivery: Receive 2 weeks after date of order Expedited delivery: Not available on this item Air delivery: Not available on this item
Welcome to I See Me! where we provide the highest quality, most personalized children's books available. We opened for business in May of 2000, after a year of active product development. My husband Allan and I received a personalized book as a gift for our first son in 1998. While we loved the fact that it was personalized, we thought that the illustrations could have been much better and the story more customized to the child. Thus I See Me! was born.*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)
Allan, who is a graphic designer, and I developed the first book My Very Own Name as a team. Our goal was to produce an educational book that would teach young children how to recognize letters and spell their names. After I developed the concept and wrote the book, we brainstormed together to develop the characters in the book. Allan found and hired the illustrator, and designed the book, while I wrote the business plan.
We are pleased to say our books have become popular among celebrities including Courteney Cox, Brooke Shields and Jessica Alba.
Our mission is to increase self esteem in children through personalized books that celebrate the uniqueness of each child. The goal of our books is to show each child how absolutely unique and special he or she is, to teach the child how to spell his or her name, and to build vocabulary skills.
We hope that you enjoy the books!
--Maia Haag, author and CEO of I See Me! Inc.