The Boy who Lost His Name book review

At both home and playgroup, James has been doing some simple name recognition. We’ve been playing little games to see if he can spot his name, and to begin to see the shapes of the letters to make up his name.

I used the letters we got in our fabulous Almondella box, and some little post it notes.

matching letters to silhouettes for name recognition practice

I tried to write in a similar typeface as the magnetic letters, that way it was more about matching the shapes and keeping it simple. I suppose in the future we could do a pile of different styles of letters and match all the Js, As, and so on.

name recognition practice for toddlers and preschoolers and a review of the little boy who lost his name book

When he had matched his name, James asked for Noah’s name in post it notes, and I quickly obliged. Not quickly enough, it would seem, because James literally only placed the A and jumped up to play something else.

name recognition practice for toddlers and preschoolers using magnets and post-its and a review of the little boy who lost his name book

This week we’ve been reading The Little Boy Who Lost His Name, which is a personalised book. The little boy wakes up one morning to the horrendous discovery that he’s completely forgotten his own name.

the little boy who lost his name book review

He embarks on an adventure to find the letters to make up his name, meeting strange and wonderful creatures along the way. Each character helps him find his name by gifting a letter from their own name.

review of the little boy who lost his name personalised book

The pages are thick and great quality, and the illustrations are fantastic. I like the way the text is displayed on the pages. It is quite a good bedtime read as it is quite wordy with a nice rhythm. Rob finds it very soothing, and comes out of James’ room in quite a daze after reading this book. name recognition practice for toddlers and preschoolers and a review of the little boy who lost his name book

These books make a ideal gift for children, as they’re just for that little one! I imagine they’d be a fairly quick read if you’ve got a child with a very short name, like Tom or Eve, so I’d guess you could include a middle name in those cases!

If you’d like 15% off a Lost My Name book, use this link (and if three people do use that code, I’ll get a free book! Isn’t that lovely?)



  1. May 24, 2015 / 6:15 am

    what a great idea re the name, this is definitely something I’m going to start doing with my youngest!! I’ve seen so many great reviews for that book, thanks for sharing your thoughts with #readwithme x

  2. May 24, 2015 / 1:42 pm

    A really lovely idea! #weekendbookclub

  3. May 24, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    What a FAB idea. I am focusing on numbers at the moment, hadn’t even considered their names. Oh I love this. Stealing the idea. Cute photographs 🙂 Jess x

  4. May 24, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    That sounds like a lovely book. My almost 3 year old is getting really excited about letters now. Whenever she spots the first letter of her name out and about written on anything, she shrieks with excitement!

    • May 25, 2015 / 11:50 am

      That’s fab! Lovely to have a little one excited about reading at an early age 🙂

    • May 25, 2015 / 11:47 am

      Yes, I think it’s also great for preschoolers and early readers, too.

  5. May 27, 2015 / 6:33 pm

    What a lovely sounding book. Also love those letters #weekendbookclub

  6. May 30, 2015 / 7:26 pm

    Hi, I love the letters and the book. What great literacy fun. Thanks for linking up with Literacy Musing Mondays. 😉

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