This is me with my little brother. In tight circles, he’s also known as Eddie Bobs:
When I was 10 years old, I wrote a book for Eddie. When we were kids we had invented a parallel universe, not too dissimilar to our own – a place with no adults, only us. We’d travel to this far away land via a small weeping willow tree in the garden. After pressing a few buttons on the flaky bark, we’d pull back the straggled leaves and enter a different land. We had special sticks adorned with carvings, which enabled us to cast spells, and of course become invisible. We even had our own currency called Gollet Money. I would ask Eddie to do various jobs around the house and garden for me (as big sisters do) and in return I’d pay him in Gollet Dollars. He would then be able to cash in his chips at my Tree House Restaurant, which specialised in microwaved banana splits with chocolate sauce and cream. And to drink, hot chocolate, with more whipped cream.) In this other land, our names and characters were changed too. He was Tim and I was Veronica (very middle-class sounding names for a parallel universe I realise!).
Anyway, I decided to document everything about Tim and Veronica for my brother’s seventh birthday. I told the story through illustrations and verses, using my best set of felt tip pens. I found the book, for the first time in twenty years, only last month. I’m now a writer by trade and in my spare time I also write short stories and poetry. I’m also penning my first novel. So when I was asked if I’d like to review The Book of Everyone this Christmas, a bespoke gifting book, I instantly thought of ‘you know who’. (Who incidentally, doesn’t have internet access at the moment, so he hopefully won’t see this post until after Christmas day.]
On their clever website, you basically craft your very own bespoke ‘The Book of Everyone’. It literally took me minutes to customize it. It’s then printed and dispatched to you in under one week. The lovely thing is, that you can trial the book online and preview what your personalized content would look like before you buy it. Did you know…You share 50% of your DNA with a banana? Which famous historical event do you share your birthday with? What was the number one single the week you were born? The book contains personalized references such as this and lots of other cool stuff. It is full of stunning artwork, personalised facts and fun statistics.
This Christmas, The Book of Everyone has teamed up with the charity Age UK and with every book you buy it goes towards the “gifting” of a book for an elderly person who may not receive a gift.
And get this, each person that receives the book gets an ant named in his or her honour, from The Book of Everyone’s ant farm where they are said to perform a special naming ceremony with honey and water! So now there’s officially an ant named Eddie Bobs. I’m sure he’ll be thrilled, being the animal and insect lover he is.
To make The Book of Everyone as a gift for someone, all you need is their full name and date of birth. If you can not remember their exact birth date, don’t worry as the clever inbuilt Facebook feature can help find the details for you. For a free preview just enter the details of the person you would like to make the book for (this takes under ONE minute!) and you can see what each page of their book will look like in seconds. The Book of Everyone is available via their website www.thebookofeveryone.com
This nostalgic, beautifully-designed 50-page book has various options from, Digital £7.50, Paperback £19.50, Hardback £29.50 and Deluxe £49.50.