Penwizard Book Review – My Family Ties

The Snowman and The Snowdog

It’s my go-to gift for the girls at Christmas a personalised book is such a great gift idea and I just love to see their faces as I read out their own names in the story! This book review from Penwizard couldn’t have come at a better time as we have had a few days of rain the ideal time to spend some time together reading Lara’s favourite books.

Penwizard personalised book review the snowman and the snowdog

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

What I noticed about the process of ordering the book was it is really simple, which I really value as when I am ordering one or more at Christmas I am quite often harassed and not good at lengthy form filling! My top tip as you do fill out your child’s details is to fill it all out and then just go back to the beginning and double check your entries to ensure you have all the right information.

There is so much choice on the Penwizard website with all different tastes accounted for that it really is easy to find one suitable for your child. I chose the hardback version of The Snowman and the Snowdog for Lara at £24.99 but it’s also available in softback for £17.99. once you have chosen the book and if you prefer hard or softback you can fill in your child’s first and last name and if you require a personal message to go on the first page. A really special touch as Lara loved to see a loving message from me and her dad as she opened up the book.

Next you can select hair colour, skin colour, gender, the colour of the clothes and if they wear glasses or not. Lara was thrilled to bits to see the illustrated ‘her’ with blond hair and glasses too! That’s it, very easy and it gives you a preview to make sure there are no typo’s on your personalised book then takes you to the checkout. It only took a few days for the book to arrive with much excitement from Lara, she opened the parcel up to see her name on the front of the book which she couldn’t quite believe! 

The Snowman and the Snowdog based upon the characters created by Raymond Briggs is a lovely story to read aloud with your child, with 32 beautifully illustrated colour pages we thoroughly enjoyed sitting down to read this. It’s made extra special with all the personal mentions of your child and every time we have read it, it really never get’s old as it is a thrill for Lara to hear that her name is being read aloud in the Snowman and the Snowdog story. 

A personalised book from Penwizard makes for a very special, lovely gift for your child one that you can both cherish as you read it together even my teen was happy to sit and listen to the story as it was so lovely and personal. Reading has always been a love of mine and reading with my children is one of my favourite times of the day, it helps us to bond and to have some quiet time together and although my teen Siobhan is a little too old now she still loves to listen to a story being read to Lara. 

To be able to engage my girls with a personalised book like this one is wonderful and I think this would make a fantastic gift idea for young readers, giving time together to read the story and bond and also encourage your child to read alone the adventures with them as the star of the story. 

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

Penwizard book review The snowman and the snowdog

Available from Penwizard website with lots more titles to chose from.
*The product in this post was provided for the purpose of this review however all opinions and thoughts remain my own*

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  1. September 10, 2015 / 4:49 pm

    These look great. I'll definitely be looking at them for Christmas.

  2. Claire Elizabeth Noke
    September 10, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    Me too…. a definite must for xmas 🙂

  3. September 10, 2015 / 11:03 pm

    fab xmas present and great review! love your blog 🙂

  4. September 14, 2015 / 5:15 pm

    looks great, I love the snowman

  5. September 20, 2015 / 12:46 pm

    Love his idea perfect for a personal Christmas gift x

  6. Tracy B
    September 26, 2015 / 9:16 am

    What a beautiful book – we love The Snowman x

  7. September 27, 2015 / 10:20 am

    This looks like a great gift for kids. 🙂

  8. September 29, 2015 / 8:12 pm

    My son would have loved this when he was little 🙂

  9. Tracy B
    September 30, 2015 / 4:48 am

    We've had a few Penwizard books given as gifts over the years. They never fail to please – love them!

  10. Pam Francis Gregory
    October 2, 2015 / 9:22 am

    Love Raymond Briggs – great books

  11. October 3, 2015 / 3:39 pm

    I love this story so it would be lovely to have my child's name inside too x

  12. October 9, 2015 / 7:54 pm

    This looks great – would love this for my son!


  13. October 11, 2015 / 8:02 am

    I had a few personalised books given to me when I was young by my nan, they meant the world to me! So would be nice to have one for my youngest daughter…she loves The Snowman, so I know she would love this! Thanks muchly!!!

  14. October 13, 2015 / 10:49 am

    Family favourite at Christmas the kids would one

  15. October 13, 2015 / 1:17 pm

    Aww this is a must read for my little girl and me

  16. October 14, 2015 / 11:48 pm

    Oh my little boy would love this!

  17. Annie Costa @LaaMoii
    October 17, 2015 / 7:11 am

    Thought this post was about a pen, pleasantly surprised its not!

  18. October 17, 2015 / 3:43 pm

    i remember when The Snowman first came out. I was 8 and my baby sister was just walking. She had all the cuddly toys, books and video. Now she can buy this for her two little ones.

  19. October 17, 2015 / 7:02 pm

    My little cousins would love this x

  20. October 17, 2015 / 11:28 pm

    Love the idea of own names in the story makes it more special and personalised x

  21. October 19, 2015 / 1:41 pm

    Great christmas idea x

  22. October 20, 2015 / 7:58 am

    Love Raymond Briggs x

  23. October 23, 2015 / 7:46 am

    these look really good I used to love getting books with my own name in them when I was a kid

  24. October 23, 2015 / 3:50 pm

    This is the perfect Christmas gift for a child. It's something they will cherish forever as it's very personal to them. I much rather give a gift like this than a toy that's going to either get broken or forgotten about.
    Great review and I love your blog 🙂

  25. October 23, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    These sound great, will be getting them for my girls for Christmas

  26. October 24, 2015 / 9:29 am

    what a great idea !

  27. October 24, 2015 / 11:26 am

    Ah this is why I love Christmas! Lovely story books to read. Thanks

  28. October 24, 2015 / 2:56 pm

    Definitely need to order one for my niece she would love this 🙂

  29. October 24, 2015 / 4:14 pm

    We've had a Peppa Pig one from here – Melody loved it – i really like this one too.

  30. October 24, 2015 / 11:25 pm

    Love to read with my Grandchildren. Will definitely be on my Christmas list. 😇 xx

  31. October 24, 2015 / 11:46 pm

    What a wonderful idea!!

  32. October 25, 2015 / 10:37 am

    What a lovely idea. Perfect for a christmas eve box.

  33. October 25, 2015 / 3:16 pm

    I always enjoyed reading, watching and singing along with these storys as a child <3 Lovely memories

  34. October 25, 2015 / 7:49 pm

    Ended up ordering one for my niece for Christmas I am sure she will love it !

  35. October 25, 2015 / 10:39 pm

    I love the snowman story 🙂

  36. Margaret Gallagher
    July 10, 2016 / 3:14 pm

    Must put this on my Christmas list
    It’s beautiful