OOKS Story Creation App Review & Giveaway

If you haven’t heard of OOKS yet then you’re missing out! OOKS  is a story creation app that puts your child at the heart of and in control of the story and they get to make the story into a personalised book- perfect for world book day.


We’ve spent some time trying out the OOKS app and making our very own stories! The wizard character OOK-Laf starts by asking the child some questions about a few of their favourite things such as:

  • Their name
  • Favourite Colour
  • Favourite Animal
  • Favourite Food
  • How they feel (happy/sad/excited etc)
  • What they most enjoy doing (movies/games/singing etc)
  • Then choose their favourite OOK character

All via little choice wheels as you can see in the picture below.


The choices then all combine together and up pops your Ook!


The OOK can be moved around via the touchscreen on your chosen tablet/phone (we used both an Iphone 6s and a Samsung Galaxy Tab and it worked great on both) to interact with the other characters to the make the elements of a unique story and ultimately a book starring your chosen OOK!


What the characters say can be seen on screen as well as heard and the story changes dependent on which answer they give to the questions. There are also chances along the way to take part in activities such as drawing/colouring in a chef’s hat which the OOK then goes on to wear, choosing the days specials from the menu – who wouldn’t fancy a green overcooked shoe huh?!

Once the story is completed the book is created and goes into your library for you to see and buy the books, delivered straight to your door which include the options your child chose and the drawings they did as part of the story! To order the books an adult needs to have registered.


  • The books are priced at £16.99 each.
  • The App is available from the Apple  and Google Play stores
  • Free to download with no in app purchase and no advertising
  • Helps with literacy
  • Age 4+ (was perfect for my 5 + 8 year olds)

We really loved the OOKS app, it’s bright and colourful with brilliant graphics and keeps the children’s attention along the way with humour and anticipation in what’s going to happen next. When they realised they would also get the book to keep forever they were delighted. This would make a lovely present or just a lovely way to sit and have reading time with the kids.

Here’s what the lovely people behind OOKS had to say:

‘Here at OOKS HQ, we are all too aware of the importance of stories in the lives of children. With the world becoming more technologically advanced and digital devices playing a big part in the lives of children, it’s important for traditional practices to be nurtured as part of a harmonious relationship that embraces digital and the changing landscape. We created OOKS for this exact reason – to allow storytelling to continue to be at the forefront of play experiences for kids!’

A Balance of Real World and Digital Play

Encouraging learning through play, OOKS is an interactive story-creation app for children that enables them to create awesome real world books through digital play, and develops their love of books, reading, and storytelling in the process!

Interactive Storytelling Where your Child is the Author

While playing in the OOKS world, your child will create a book that is ultra personalised to them! Their drawings will decorate the landscape and their choices will direct the story. How did they defeat the dinosaur at Mount Gargoyle? A catapult? A dance-off? A tea-party? Your child’s unique OOK book will reflect the magic of their own imagination!

A Personalised Book to Read Over and Over

Watch your child’s face light up when their book arrives full of artwork they created and personalised just for them! Not only have they created their very own book but they’ll gain a love of storytelling, writing, and reading – gifts that will stay with them for the rest of their life.

I’m giving 3 of my lovely readers a chance to win an OOKS Tote Bag and a code for a free personalised book including shipping!

To enter click on the Rafflecopter below:


1. The giveaway is open to residents of the UK only.
2. There are 3 prizes available of 1 OOKS Tote Bag and 1 free personalised book code.
3. There is no cash alternative offered.
4. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
5. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
6. The giveaway will run until Midnight 18/03/18.
7. Once the giveaway is over the winner will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize.

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*We were gifted items in return for this review.All opinions remain honest and my own*

Eric Says Sorry Book Review & Giveaway

Eric Says Sorry is a book about a little boy – Eric – who learns about God’s grace and how saying sorry can go a long way to resolve a situation and make you feel a whole lot better.

The book is a good sized paperback written by Dai Hankey and beautifully illustrated by Xavier Bonet. Dai Hankey is a Welsh (the best obviously) rapper and pastor who also happens to be fab at writing children’s stories.

The book starts with Eric playing football in his garden, hitting a really good shot and consequently breaking his neighbours plant pot. He tries to fix the pot with superglue but the wind breaks it again. The tale then goes on to show Eric trying to get out of it by blaming his sister when his Mum sees what’s happened. Then when his Dad pops up he tries to make it sound as though it’s not as bad as something his sister – Lillie- had done in the past to deflect blame.

Eric’s Dad encourages him to confess all in a bid to get the situation sorted out, which he does. Eric’s Dad gives him a hug then comes up with a way they can resolve the mishap by taking Eric to the shops to buy some replacement flowers and telling Eric all about grace which he explains as an “undeserved kindness when we’ve been bad”.

Eric then goes to see his neighbour – Percy – to say how sorry he is and ask for forgiveness whilst giving Percy the new pot that he’d bought with his Dad. Percy can see that he is genuinely sorry and takes the replacement pot with thanks. Eric then sees how loved he is.

Both my children (7&4) liked this book but particularly my daughter as she loved the rhyming, I won’t say rap as I’m rubbish at it but it does make it quite sing songy and lovely for the kids bedtime story and well as having the of grace message running through it.

If you want to see how it’s done properly here’s Dai Hankey reading it!

Eric Says Sorry is available to buy from The Good Book Company & Amazon

I’m also giving you, my lovely readers a chance to win 1 of 3 copies of the book. To enter use the Rafflecopter below:


  1. The competition is open to residents of the UK only.
  2. There are 3 prizes which are non-transferable, cannot be exchanged and no cash alternative will be offered.
  3. To enter, please use the rafflecopter widget above.
  4. The winners will be drawn at random from all qualifying entries.
  5.  The giveaway will run until Midnight 30/10/16
  6.  Once the giveaway is over the winners will be contacted for their details to arrange postage of their prize :-)


*We were sent the book free for the purpose of this review however all opinions are honest and my own*

The Wonder Garden Book Review

We have been reading The Wonder Garden from Wide Eyed Editions.Firstly this book is absolutely beautiful to look at.It’s a large hardback book that’s alive with colour and really makes you want to read it.

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The National Book Awards shortlisted Jenny Broom brings her talent to this title, which explores the world’s stunning natural habitats. Be it an adventure round the Amazon rainforest or a journey through the Great Barrier Reef, The Wonder Garden will amaze you and the kids.

There’s a whole world of information in this book with detailed descriptions of animals,where they live and well as lots of other information about what they eat and even what little tricks some of them use!The illustration in this book is amazing.It really draws you in.My children loved it for different reasons:

My daughter (3) really enjoyed looking at the pictures and trying to guess what each of the animals were.

My son (6) wanted to get more involved and read the descriptions that went with the animals and find out more about them.


As an adult I also found this book to be very interesting too.I might have skipped the page with the tarantula’s though…eek!!

I think this book would also be great to help with my son’s homework as they are covering a lot of animals and nature at the moment so this will be very useful for that.

As a family we loved this book and it’s taken pride of place on the bookshelf!

Villa America by Liza Klaussmann Book Review

“When Sara Wiborg and Gerald Murphy decided to get married,they set out to create a beautiful world.

Through the 1920’s ,their taste,influence and lavish spontaneity drew the like of Picasso,Hemingway and Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald to Villa America,their house near Antibes.There they refashioned high summer for their guests and their three children with flamboyant beach parties,the newest ideas and dinners beneath the stars”

Villa America starts and finishes with heartbreaking sadness.It tells the story of both ficticious and real characters in the 1920’s/30’s and I found I started off really liking Gerald as a sweet gent and then found I intensely disliked him as a cheat,as I thought Sara was such a lovely homely person.There appeared to be a sexual undertone with all the characters being quite flirty with one another.I found the chapters which talked about the First World War very interesting and saddening to read and Owen was one of the more interesting characters and was surprised when the story turned to his intimate relationship with Gerald. Liza Klaussman has obviously done some serious research before writing this book and it shows.

I loved the descriptions of the beautiful scenery and dresses and found my mind taking me to sea and sand.

Scott and Zelda are wonderfully bonkers and I never quite knew what they would do next!

I honestly have never read a book of this genre before and I’m normally a romantic comedy kind of girl but I did enjoy this read.It took some time to get in to but once I did I found myself wanting to read more and find out what happened although I think I expected a really all hold hands together happy ending…which wasn’t there.That said if you like this kind of story then it’s a great read!

*I was sent a copy of Villa America by Mumsnet in return for an honest review.All opinions are my own*

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