It’s no secret that I love books, and as a family we love books. If I am honest I sometimes wonder if we have too many books (mainly when it comes to sorting out the bookshelves). But then I remind myself it is impossible to have too many books! So when I was asked if my daughter and I would like to take a look at James and the Birthday Balloon I agreed.

James and the Birthday Balloon - Children's Book Review - front cover of James and the Birthday Balloon, showing James and Ruby holding their balloons

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I love children’s books which have a message behind them, I think that books are a wonderful way of teaching children about important topics and they are also a great way to start a conversation about these topics too. James and the Birthday Balloon is all about kindness and sharing, which is such an important message.

James and the Birthday Balloon, my daughter sat on a beanbag reading James and the Birthday balloon aerial view

I must admit I often worry about certain things, as my daughter is an only child, so she doesn’t have to share things, or rather she doesn’t have to share her things with other children. So the fact that she has a positive example to read about with James and his friend Ruby is wonderful.

James and the Birthday Balloon follows the events of Ruby’s birthday. Both James and Ruby are given a balloon at Ruby’s party but during the course of the party, Ruby not only loses her balloon but also gets hurt. And being the kind little boy that James is, he decides to give Ruby his balloon when he visits her at the hospital to cheer her up.

James and the Birthday Balloon - First page

It’s a wonderful story to read, and I love the way that the author Nicola J. Rowley has written this story. The message is really apparent but just works so well and doesn’t feel like a lecture. The story also includes a wonderful explanation of the hospital and the work that the staff their do to make people better again.

There is also a free audio version of the book, accessed via QR code and read by Dr Ranj who my daughter loves from Get Well Soon on CBeebies. And I think the fact that my daughter can listen to her favourite Dr read a story about kindness, sharing and how a hospital works is a real bonus!

James and the Birthday Balloon - page from the book showing Ruby and James getting their balloons

The illustrations in the book are really lovely. They are bright and clear and my daughter loves them – we have spend a fair amount of time reading the book, discussing what happens in the story and talking about the pictures. We have really enjoyed reading James and the Birthday Balloon and I would definitely recommend it for children agsed

James and the Birthday Balloon is available on Amazon* as a eBook version or in paperback. And the other book in the series James and the Greatest Gift is available on Amazon* in those formats too.

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