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The ABC Jungle Adventures: ABC for All Ages

Posted in Hippo Blue
on August 23, 2016
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Chatting with Brett Curzon, author and illustrator of Hippo Blue’s new personalised story book The ABC Jungle Adventures, he says, “I wanted to make sure it is a book that children can come back to time and time again.”

True to his words, The ABC Jungle Adventures has many layers. When my two-year-old reads it, he takes away something completely different from my six-year-old. But they both giggle throughout the book. And they have been pulling it out of the bookshelf again and again.

For my two-year-old, it is the ABCs, adorable animals and the actions. He has started to recognise a few letters of the alphabet, and it makes him proud when he sees them. The details of the illustration are amazing – the spectacles on the bear, the hat on the fish… He loves to point at the animals and say the ones he knows. Then, when the hero of the story says “Jump!” my boy likes to leap as high as he can. It makes him so happy.

For my six-year-old, there is the satisfaction of knowing that she is the hero of the story. Not only that, there is nonsense (she gets the animals to jump, paddle, swing), the gross factor (the animals are bringing grubs and worms to the party! Eeeeeeewwwwww!), and the delightful hidden details (I won’t spoil the fun by telling you what’s hidden). But the best part is finding her friends and family appear in a book as animal characters. Mummy is a koala, Daddy is a lion, baby brother is a zebra, and her best friend is a sloth!!! She is howling on the floor in tears by the end of the book.

The true meaning of the book is that these special friends and family in their lives will always stand by them in this adventure called life. The hero of the story puts everyone in a bit of sticky situation, inviting them to a jungle party they have no way of getting to. But they always come through to celebrate with the child.

And that really is the most important lesson of all, isn’t it… Children can do what they want to do and be what they want to be, because they will always have the support and love of friends and family.

To preview your own unique storybook, click here.

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The ABC Jungle Adventures: Creating a Truly Unique Gift

Posted in Hippo Blue
on August 23, 2016
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Hippo Blue has just introduced their second personalised story book The ABC Jungle Adventures. It’s a followup to The Adventures You’ll Have. As in the original book, you can select the hero of the story and insert your child’s name. In this followup, however, you are able to personalise all the letters of the alphabet if you wish — with names of friends and family! Children will be delighted to find their loved ones transformed into funny animal characters that accompany them on a jungle adventure.

So how do you create this truly unique book?

I find it easy and quite fun to take a few minutes to think about all the people that are important to the child. Then I jump on the website and start entering all the names. I love that I’m able to edit and add names as I go along. The preview feature is fantastic as well. I get to see the personalised book cover to cover before I drop it in the shopping cart.

For my own child, I was able to personalise 26 names. It was inevitable that I had names that start with the same letter. I found that the trick is coming up with creative and sometimes funny expressions. For example, for the letter S, I had my child’s bestie Sam, Uncle Stephen, and cousin Shannon. I ended up with Sam the Sloth, Uncle Stephen the Urial, and Disco Shannon the Duck (Shannon is always disco-ing in real life, so it was perfect).

For my daughter’s friend, I didn’t come up with nearly as many, but definitely more than enough to have it be truly unique. I entered the names of her family members and the names of their classmates. Voila! Their jaws literally dropped when they read the book. They couldn’t believe there was a book that was so personalised for them. They were touched that someone had created this one of a kind book just for them!

It is truly a unique gift I can give to a child. How awesome is it, to not only have their name, but the names of all their friends and family in one book! I know that they will read it for many years, and perhaps will be one of the books that they will always remember. They might not remember who gave it to them, but I guess that’s not important! :)

To preview your own unique storybook, click here.

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Sticker Happy Land

Posted in Hippo Blue
on June 3, 2016
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Are you feeling sticker happy? We totally know that feeling! Here are some fantastic labelling ideas we received from happy parents and kids. At my house, we thought we were fully labelled. Mummy works at Hippo Blue, and my two kids are addicted to stickering. Wrong! These photos had me and my kids flying through our house, fully inspired, stickering and protecting all the items we had missed!

See all the great ideas here, to save you the head and heartache of losing your children’s favourite items, as well as dollars! Continue reading

A Gift To Remember Always

Posted in Happy Island, Kid's World
on June 3, 2016
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We’ve all received THAT gift that made our hearts swell with love. It wasn’t the most expensive gift, it wasn’t the fanciest gift, but it was the most thoughtful.

You can create that magic moment for a special child in your life – your own daughter or son, their best friend, your best friend’s child, your niece or nephew, your neighbour… They will always fondly remember that moment and thank you for it.

Here are a few ways to create that unforgettable moment. It may take a little bit of thought but it doesn’t have to take much time.

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