James and the Birthday Balloon Review & Giveaway

Last year we were very lucky to have been chosen to review James and the Amazing Gift by Nicola J. Rowley, and this year she is back with yet another fantastic children’s book. James and the Birthday Balloon. The great thing about Nicola’s books are that they are very meaningful and tell us all a lesson in some way.

You can read on for our review and also the chance to win your very own copy.

James and the Birthday Balloon

Book Description

James and the Birthday Balloon is an uplifting picture book, suitable for children aged 3-7. It follows on from the hugely successful James and the Amazing Gift (Matador, 2016). This time James is heading to the birthday party of his best friend Ruby.

During the birthday party, James and Ruby are given giant balloons by the entertainer. But Ruby let’s go of hers and whilst chasing after it, hurts her leg and needs to go to hospital. She’s scared because she doesn’t know what to expect.

This is a reassuring story for any child faced with having to go to hospital, and how James saves the day with a small act of kindness and a smile that soon spreads throughout the hospital.

James and the birthday balloon

Our Review

Baby girl is 20 months old now and love it when I read to her, although she is still too young to understand what the book is all about. We love going through the illustrations which are again very bright, colourful and tell their own story.

James’s friend Ruby loses her balloon and goes chasing after it. She gets hurt and has to go to hospital. Poor Ruby is very frightened, but James is there for her and helps to calm her down.

It’s a story of friendship and how children can be nice to each other. I love the happiness the book spreads. It’s a joy to read and one we will go back over many more times I’m sure.

James and the birthday balloon

For every copy sold, £1 is going to raise vital funds to help support Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which provides care and life-saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.

Nicola J Rowley – “The character of James was inspired by my son, who when he was a baby, reached out to a little girl with a small act of kindness and stopped her crying. A simple smile can make a huge difference to others and I hope this book goes a long way to spread some magic and happiness through the wards of Evelina London Children’s Hospital, whilst also highlighting the amazing work the staff do on a daily basis.”

Nicola J. Rowley and her son James

Nicola J Rowley’s website can be found at: www.nicolajrowley.com



The lovely Nicola J. Rowley has given me an extra copy to giveaway to one of my readers. To enter please fill in the rafflecopter below.


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*Terms and Conditions – There is one copy of James and the Birthday Balloon to giveaway. The prize is non-transferable and no cash alternative will be offered. The winner will be selected at random via Rafflecopter.com from all valid entries and be notified by Twitter and/or email. The winner will have 28 days to respond with a valid UK address before a new winner is selected. Open to all UK entrants aged 18 or over only. Facebook and Twitter are in no way associated with this giveaway. 

Any personal data given as part of the competition entry is used for this purpose only and will not be shared with third parties, with the exception of the winners’ information. This will passed on to the PR / Brand responsible and used only for delivery of the prize.

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*I received a copy of James and the Birthday Balloon in exchange for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links.

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