Lucas loves to ‘read’ books and magazines and it is something I will always encourage. I love to read, there is something special about being swept away into another world through words and using your own imagination to bring it to life, not rely on someone else’s perception on screen.

Nicola J Rowley offered to send Lucas one of her books, James and the Birthday Balloon.

James and the Birthday Balloon is an uplifting picture book aimed at 3-7-year-olds.

James loves to spread happiness through small acts of kindness. This time he’s at the birthday party of his best friend Ruby when she falls and hurts herself.

She’s scared as she has to go to hospital and doesn’t know what to expect. James manages to reassure Ruby and with his smile, a kind gesture and friendly nature makes everyone in the hospital feel a little better.

The story is a lovely tale showing children how a small act of kindness can make a huge impact on everyone around them. Lucas has really enjoyed me reading this to him and likes snuggling up while we read as well as ‘reading’ it to me by himself.


James and the Birthday Balloon review


At the end of the book there is a QR code that you can scan to download a free audio book, narrated by every child’s favourite doctor, Dr Ranj.

£1 from every copy sold goes to Evelina London Children’s Hospital which cares for children across the South East of England. They offer a unique range of services from antenatal diagnosis through to childhood, into adolescence and on into adult life.




If you would like the chance to win a signed copy, enter below x


James and the Birthday Balloon


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53 Comments on James and the Birthday Balloon review

  1. Katie Skeoch
    December 29, 2017 at 7:58 am (6 months ago)

    A lovely story & we just love Dr Ranj too!

  2. Tracy K Nixon
    December 29, 2017 at 9:05 am (6 months ago)

    Sounds a lovely story thank you x

  3. Iain Maciver
    December 29, 2017 at 10:52 am (6 months ago)

    perfect giveaway

  4. Sally Collingwood
    December 29, 2017 at 1:54 pm (6 months ago)

    Wow, what a great book!!

  5. Tracey Hunt
    December 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm (6 months ago)

    A lovely book to win

  6. Margaret GALLAGHER
    December 29, 2017 at 2:59 pm (6 months ago)

    Great read for ethan and me

  7. kate kathurima
    December 29, 2017 at 3:59 pm (6 months ago)

    great looking book

  8. laura stewart
    December 29, 2017 at 4:05 pm (6 months ago)

    lovely prize x

  9. Solange
    December 30, 2017 at 3:05 am (6 months ago)

    This book sound like a lovely story with a wonderful message for children. A good addition to any bedtime reading library.

  10. Emma Evans
    December 30, 2017 at 4:23 pm (6 months ago)

    What a wonderful prize my daughter is a little book worm so I would love to add this to her collection of stories.

  11. Rich Tyler
    January 2, 2018 at 3:53 am (6 months ago)

    Count me IN

  12. Sarah Jane Mackay
    January 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm (6 months ago)

    This is brilliant

  13. ashleigh allan
    January 2, 2018 at 3:24 pm (6 months ago)

    Sounds great!

  14. adeinne tonner
    January 2, 2018 at 4:23 pm (6 months ago)

    This looks like a great book for the children to enjoy.

  15. C Parkin
    January 3, 2018 at 10:43 am (6 months ago)

    My sons would like this

  16. Thomas Buchanan
    January 5, 2018 at 11:51 am (5 months ago)

    great prize!

  17. leanne weir
    January 5, 2018 at 4:44 pm (5 months ago)

    lovely prize

  18. Margaret Clarkson
    January 6, 2018 at 8:48 am (5 months ago)

    Sounds like a lovely book

  19. Rachael Sexey
    January 6, 2018 at 11:53 am (5 months ago)

    This sounds lovely

  20. Emma Whitworth
    January 6, 2018 at 9:33 pm (5 months ago)

    Sounds like one I can enjoy too 🙂

  21. prendy2uk
    January 7, 2018 at 12:09 am (5 months ago)

    nice book

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    January 7, 2018 at 10:24 am (5 months ago)

    sweet prize xxx

  23. Laura Pritchard
    January 7, 2018 at 12:43 pm (5 months ago)

    My son & daughter would enjoy this!

  24. Jodie A Green
    January 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm (5 months ago)

    This would be perfect for our little James, He will be 2 in June and loves books!

  25. Kim M
    January 8, 2018 at 4:45 pm (5 months ago)

    Lovely giveaway x

  26. Christina Palmer
    January 8, 2018 at 9:31 pm (5 months ago)

    What a wonderful giveaway, my grandson loves books and I love reading with him

  27. Ruth Harwood
    January 9, 2018 at 11:59 am (5 months ago)

    this looks great for my youngest!

  28. Stevie Fairbairn
    January 9, 2018 at 2:49 pm (5 months ago)

    I think it’s great that donate a pound from each sale. My niece is an avid reader.

  29. claire griffiths
    January 10, 2018 at 1:34 pm (5 months ago)

    looks great for my son

  30. Rachel Atkinson
    January 10, 2018 at 9:16 pm (5 months ago)

    How lovely 🙂

    January 17, 2018 at 9:57 pm (5 months ago)

    Lovely book for grandson, he loves his storybook

  32. Ursula Hunt
    January 20, 2018 at 10:33 am (5 months ago)

    One of my Grandsons is a real bookworm and he would love this

  33. Susan B
    January 20, 2018 at 2:52 pm (5 months ago)

    Anything that teaches children about kindness is good. Thanks for the giveaway.

  34. Elaine Savage
    January 20, 2018 at 6:12 pm (5 months ago)

    this book sounds really lovely, thank you for the chance to win

  35. sheri Darby
    January 23, 2018 at 8:19 pm (5 months ago)

    My son would love this

  36. Allan Fullarton
    January 24, 2018 at 10:50 am (5 months ago)

    My son would really like this.

  37. Sarah Austin
    January 25, 2018 at 9:36 pm (5 months ago)

    Great prize – thank you!

  38. Anthea Holloway
    January 26, 2018 at 7:13 pm (5 months ago)

    What a lovely book – I would love to read this to my little grandchildren.

  39. janine atkin
    January 26, 2018 at 8:33 pm (5 months ago)

    id love this for my nephew

  40. Laura Lee
    January 26, 2018 at 8:50 pm (5 months ago)

    I would love to win this for my sons. Fingers crossed 🙂

  41. Adrian Bold
    January 27, 2018 at 3:30 am (5 months ago)

    I would love to win this for my nephew. Thanks for the competition.

  42. Jo McPherson
    January 27, 2018 at 7:37 am (5 months ago)

    Cute, sounds great

  43. Pauline Burroughs
    January 27, 2018 at 9:52 am (5 months ago)

    My grandchildren love books and I love reading to them

    January 27, 2018 at 10:30 am (5 months ago)

    Brilliant competition

  45. Jackie Curran
    January 27, 2018 at 11:24 am (5 months ago)

    Such a lovely book , would be great to win this

  46. Stephen Little
    January 27, 2018 at 2:52 pm (5 months ago)

    Lovely prize!

  47. Victoria Thurgood
    January 27, 2018 at 8:25 pm (5 months ago)

    great prize

  48. Rachel Craig
    January 27, 2018 at 10:14 pm (5 months ago)

    Sounds like a wonderful children’s book. Kindness is important, and can make such a positive impact on people, communities, etc.

  49. foreverastri
    January 28, 2018 at 5:33 am (5 months ago)

    would love to read thi to my children x

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    January 28, 2018 at 8:34 am (5 months ago)

    Lovely giveaway

  51. rcleary57
    January 28, 2018 at 3:25 pm (5 months ago)

    Love books like this that help kids with real life situations 🙂

    Becci cleary

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    January 28, 2018 at 8:23 pm (5 months ago)

    This looks like a lovely book my for girls

  53. Natalie Crossan
    January 28, 2018 at 11:51 pm (5 months ago)

    Wonderful prize xx


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