The best birthday present ever!

This morning, we headed to the singing group at the library that the girls go to. By the time we’d finished that and picked up a bit of shopping before heading home, our postman had been and gone. 

I have to say, our postman is excellent. He never just takes our package back to the post office, he always leaves it somewhere safe or with a neighbour and today was no exception. 

I wasn’t expecting a package, so I was a little confused when Libby started scrabbling around under our trailer tent when we got home. I was even more confused when she emerged with a little package. 

Libby was beside herself with excitement when she opened the envelope and found a perfectly wrapped present inside, containing a book. 

As you may have picked up from my blog before Christmas, Libby is a bit of a bookworm, and all she wanted for Christmas was a book. So when one turned up at random this morning in brightly coloured wrapping paper, she was delighted. 

The book was “The Best Birthday Present Ever!” by Ben Mantle. Of course, we sat down to read it straight away. 

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The book is all about Bear’s birthday and Squirrel’s dilemma over what present to get him. After much consideration, Squirrel decides to get Bear the perfect stick. 

What I love about this book is that it’s very clear that Bear receives bigger and better presents, but the stick is still his favourite. It is completely contrary to the materialistic attitude that is present in many children’s books. 

I love the fact that the book gives a little lesson in the importance of friendship and the thought behind a present, rather than focussing on how much it cost or how big it is. 

I wrote a blog post just after Christmas about the fact that both girls had some fabulous presents, which they love. But ultimately when Libby was given the choice of anything she wanted to play with, she just wanted Lia. 

Both girls love books and they also love birthdays, so the Best Birthday Present Ever was the perfect book for them, and of course we had to sing happy birthday to Bear after we’d finished reading it. 

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Huge thanks to Macmillan Children’s Books for sending us the book free for the purpose of a review, it was a lovely surprise. 



  1. January 26, 2015 / 11:38 pm

    Oh how completely gorgeous and look at those girls! Sounds like a super book xx

    • monsterid January 26, 2015 / 11:54 pm

      Thank you Amy, it’s a lovely book, we’d highly recommend it.xx

  2. January 27, 2015 / 9:56 am

    I love seeing children read, its so so important. Sounds like a lovely book! 🙂

    • monsterid January 27, 2015 / 10:50 am

      Thank you Lianne, it’s a great book, we’d highly recommend it.x

  3. January 28, 2015 / 6:37 pm

    Ah brilliant!! I live discovering new books. I think it’s great to see children engaging and reading. The book itself sounds great! ☺

    • monsterid January 28, 2015 / 6:44 pm

      Thanks Martyn. We love the book, and I agree with you, reading is so important for children 🙂

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