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The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

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My girls have loved reading with me for as long as I can remember. I enjoy reading to them every day, and seeing how their taste in books changes and develops. They are both now of an age where they can follow a basic story, ask questions about the pictures and the characters and be truly drawn into the plot.

When Lost My Name got in touch to offer us the opportunity to review a personalised book for the girls, we were all delighted. Particularly when we realised that the book they wanted us to review was The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home – the same story that Tim Peake read from space.

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

The story-line of the Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home follows the main character – the child who the book belongs to – and their robot friend, Hubble. We had a book each for Libby and Lia, and both girls were delighted to be the main character in the story.

Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

The child and Hubble the robot go on a secret journey into space. When they have a close shave with a meteor, the ship’s computer gets wrecked. Unfortunately, it’s only the computer that knows the way home.

Luckily, they meet up with some colourful characters, all of whom point them in the right direction to help them get home. They are soon on a flight path back down to earth, but they still take a couple of wrong turns – and enlist the help of some more new friends – before landing back at home.

Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

And that’s the clever part – the picture on the page that takes them home, is a satellite view of the child’s own neighbourhood. We had great fun finding our own house, then taking a look at the neighbours’ houses and seeing where Granddad lives too.

Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

What we love about the Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home

The story itself is really exciting, featuring aliens, an intergalactic zoo, a space probe, the sun, the planets, the sea, and even some lions. There was also a beautiful underlying message about love and friendship. But of course, both girls’ favourite character was themselves. I was amazed that they were happy to listen to the same story twice in a row, with the main character changing from Lia to Libby on the second reading.

I also love the whole concept of it being personalised, and of course the fact that Tim Peake has read it from space, what an amazing memento for them to keep as they grow up.

Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
Review of the personalised story book - The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home
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  1. emma walters
    June 21, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    we made a rocket ship out of old junk/boxes & my son would tell me about all the places he wants to visit ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Susan Smith
    June 22, 2016 / 8:57 am

    I think more should be spoke about it in schools, although with Tim Peake going to the space station has done a lot to get children interested, we must keep the interest going, i know my grandsons are really interested now, and we have brought books on space and of course the internet holds alot of information for them

  3. Danielle Graves
    June 23, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    There are lots you could do like play games, look at books, watch films, do space puzzles, make your own rocket or space helmet out of craft items, moon bathe where you sit in the garden and look at the moon talking about it and trying to spot constellations

  4. Aaron Broad
    June 24, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Learning more about it in school or buying them a telescope

  5. Monica Gilbert
    June 24, 2016 / 9:06 pm

    We tell them about astronaut’s and let them watch footage. As an American, I grew up with astronauts being seen as a dream career. Tim Peake can go a long way for making British children feel the same way.

  6. June 25, 2016 / 8:56 pm

    My two would love this! I especially like that they even include the satellite image of your neighbourhood, how cool is that! x

  7. jo liddement
    June 26, 2016 / 12:35 pm

    My son has a Space Explorer Room Projector which has got him interested in our Universe but i also think this topic should be taught in schools

  8. June 26, 2016 / 6:58 pm

    We have this book as well as two others by the same company. Its one of my favourites, J loves reading it.

  9. Rachel Butterworth
    June 26, 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Take them camping this summer and do some stargazing.

  10. Sue Stoddart
    June 29, 2016 / 6:56 pm

    We have a local planetarium… which is great for children of all ages! Even us big kids lol x x

  11. msedollyp
    June 30, 2016 / 1:47 pm

    stargazing in the garden , Tim Peake has sparked a real interest for my boy x

  12. jen s morgan
    July 7, 2016 / 12:59 pm

    My husband is obsessed with space and always teaches our kids about it. Getting a tent in the garden and looking at the moon and stars is always interesting for little ones x

  13. Rebecca Smith
    July 8, 2016 / 6:44 pm

    buy them space related stuff like a telescope, books etc. encourage them to learn more

    July 8, 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Grandsons dad is into the stars and planets I’ve suggested a telescope, we already have a couple of books. Starwars movies come to mind

  15. Hannah Ingham
    July 11, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    In-expensive telescopes or more free star apps to use on your phone! I love watching the stars at night!

  16. michelle o'neill
    July 12, 2016 / 5:18 pm

    lots of fun stories about space x

  17. Stacey Leigh
    July 14, 2016 / 8:55 am

    My son’s school learn a lot about space and have had astronaut’s speak to the children in assembly, they also do a space camp at school ๐Ÿ™‚ it’s made my son even more interested x

  18. gemma hendry
    July 14, 2016 / 6:46 pm

    museums and planetariums are good education for children

  19. Cassandra Mayers
    July 14, 2016 / 7:50 pm

    Make arocket Shop. Already did this with my 20 month old ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. Gill Mitchell
    July 14, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    through buying them space toys to encourage role play. My two loved their Happy Land Rocket, and lego do some brilliant sets too.

  21. Jo McPherson
    July 15, 2016 / 8:15 pm

    Playing games about space

  22. Rebecca Powell
    July 16, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Get them stargazing to see all the wonderful places that they could visit

  23. Katie Robertson
    July 16, 2016 / 1:31 pm

    My son made a rocket ship and they dressed up as astronauts and painted balls to make a solar system at nursery.It helped develop his interest in the solar system.

  24. joanna butler-savage
    July 16, 2016 / 6:12 pm

    build spaceships from boxes

  25. Sheri Darby
    July 16, 2016 / 7:29 pm

    Quiet evenings looking at the sky

  26. Samantha Philpott
    July 16, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    You could play games to encourage children maybe learning materials but using spaceships, counting etc.

  27. Laura Walker
    July 16, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    We have some brilliant museums in this country with space sections. A trip to one would be a great expedition in itself

  28. Beryl Johnson
    July 16, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Take to planetarium and buy a telescope

  29. Adrian Bold
    July 17, 2016 / 12:28 am

    Buy a telescope, or get one of those star apps that you can see on an iPad when pointed at the sky.

  30. Kirsty Woods
    July 17, 2016 / 4:21 am

    By looking and talking about the stars

  31. July 17, 2016 / 7:03 am

    I think keeping the conversation about space open is the best way to encourage children as well as fun activities like making rockets and planets from boxes and visiting museums.

  32. Hayley Todd
    July 17, 2016 / 9:18 am

    I think it is something that can be done both at home and at school. At home you can develop in your child a love of learning, a love of questioning and a desire to search for answers in the world around us. Teach your child all about the fascinating universe around us and maybe buy them a small, cheap telescope so they can discover the stars and planets for themselves. I also think schools have a responsibility to make physics, particularly the topic of space, as interesting as possible, to garner the interest in children when they become teenagers.

  33. Laura Harrison
    July 17, 2016 / 9:58 am

    Getting schools telescopes, teaching them about stars etc xx

  34. carol boffey
    July 17, 2016 / 11:14 am

    Schools books internet

  35. July 17, 2016 / 1:02 pm

    take them out into the country and let them see how amazing the stars look without all the light pollution

  36. Natalie Crossan
    July 17, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    museums and planetariums are great educationally xxx

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