Children’s Book Review & How to win a copy of James and the Birthday Balloon *


If you are an avid reader of our blog then you know how much we love reading books and how much we encourage our children to read as well. Hence we are happy to share with you another children’s book review titled James and the Birthday Balloon writen by local Children’s book author Nicola J Rowley.  This is an uplifting picture book suitable for kids aged 3 to 7 about James who loves spreading happiness through small acts of kindness. In this book he’s at the birthday party of his best friend Ruby, when she falls and hurts herself.   She’s scared as she has to go to the hospotal and doesn’t know what to expect. What will James do to help her? …we will leave your imagination to it and won’t devulge too much details about the story.


What’s great about the book?

  • 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.
  • £1 will be given for every copy sold to help support Evelina London Children’s Hospital, which provides care and life-saving treatment for children in south London and beyond.
  • Each copy of the book will also include a free audio recording of the story by TV’s Dr Ranj Singh (CBeebies, ITV’s This Morning).


What our kids thought about the book?

The book was easy to hold and only had 24 pages hence perfect for little hands to hold and turn the pages easily.  Both our 7+ and 5 year-old read the book easily without any difficulty, they also enjoyed the book which had lots of colourful pictures inside.  They said that they did not like the part when Ruby fell and hurt herself but felt good when James gave his balloon to his friend Ruby.  Reading the book they realised that it was important to be kind to others .



We are giving away 3 signed copies of book, James and the Birthday Balloon and here’s how you can win a copy for yourself :

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats to the 3 Winners, here are their names:

  • Hannah Wood
  • Rachel Selmes
  • Shelley White

Terms & Conditions:
* Prize is not exchangeable for cash and not transferable
* Open to residents of the United Kingdom Only
* All entries must be received by Fri, 20 April 2018 (midnight).
* The winner will be chosen at random
* The winner will be notified via the email address. They have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize after being notified, after which time the prize will be considered unclaimed and will be re-assigned using a random selection method.
* Submission of a posting will be taken to mean acceptance of the rules and terms and conditions.
* The winner will be published on the original giveaway blog post.
* Prizes are administered separately by the Book Author and Yeah Lifestyle cannot be held responsible for problems related to fulfillment of prizes including non-delivery of the item

Here’s a short video of our kids reading a couple of the pages from the book:

How much is the book?

The paperback version retails on Amazon for £6.55, you can also get a kindle copy for £2.99.

How do I get a copy of the book?

Feel free to join our contest above as we have 3 copies of the book to give away to our UK readers. Alternatively you can also purchase the book online from Amazon here or from Nicola’s website.  ISBN:  978-1788039130

About Nicola J Rowley

Born in Basildon, Essex..Nicola was lucky enough to have some great teachers both at primary and secondary school who inspired and helped her with her love of the written word. From the age of seven, she remembers wanting to be a writer or a poet.  Somewhere along the way that dream was shelved as she became a journalist, radio newsreader, TV producer and reporter, before moving into Communications. In between it all, she also launched her own photography business, specialising in children and families, weddings and commercial imagery. Fast forward to now, she now has 2 books to her name, the first being James and the Amazing Gift while the second, James and the Birthday Balloon. It She is also working on several more pre-school books, aimed primarily at the 3-7 year-old market.


You may also want to read: Children’s Book Review: Parrots Don’t Live in the City


* We were sent a copy of the book for free in return for a review. All opinions are our own.



  1. April 16, 2018 / 10:32 am

    It sounds like such a lovely book and will give good reassurance! The images are so colourful, perfect for keeping children engaged in the story. Sim x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 12:21 pm

      Yes totally, our kids enjoyed reading it

  2. April 16, 2018 / 10:47 am

    I’ve entered! Looks like a lovely book! X

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 12:22 pm

      Awesome! Good luck to you Sarah x

  3. April 16, 2018 / 1:13 pm

    Aww what a lovely book, we are big into our books in this house and this looks like the perfect addition.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:07 pm

      Yes it sits very nicely with our book collection

  4. April 16, 2018 / 4:08 pm

    This book looks perfect for any child having a hospital stay in the future and so pleased it raises money for charity too

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:08 pm

      Yes we totally agree, its a nice feeling of doing something good for charity when you buy something

  5. hannah wood
    April 16, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    This looks and sounds like a good book my two kids would love this.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:09 pm

      We are sure they would Hannah, its a fab book to own and read

  6. April 16, 2018 / 6:38 pm

    What a lovely sounding book for kids and hands up I LOVE a signed copy. I have some much loved ones from my childhood.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 16, 2018 / 8:10 pm

      So glad to hear that Sarah! Its a great book with a lovely story behind it.

  7. April 17, 2018 / 2:59 am

    It sounds like a lovely book and it’s really nice to find books that the kids will have fun reading. I like that a lot of parents encourage their kids to read more.

  8. April 17, 2018 / 5:22 am

    That’s so nice that some of the money from the sales is donated, it’s such a small gesture but a lovely one x

  9. April 17, 2018 / 9:58 am

    Ah what a fab book! We love reading together and this one looks like something they would enjoy, Fab giveaway!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 17, 2018 / 10:47 am

      Thanks Laura, do enter the competition to win yourself a copy of it

  10. April 17, 2018 / 10:49 am

    I love that it’s about teaching kindness to kids. I would love to get this for my daughter to read! I think it’s a lovely book that she’ll enjoy reading!

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 17, 2018 / 11:24 am

      I am sure she would love it AnnMarie, do try to join the competition, high chance to win a copy of the book as we are giving 3 books away

  11. April 17, 2018 / 5:35 pm

    It definitely sounds like an interesting book, not one my cousin would read, but I’m sure that many kids out there would make a good read out of this, it sounds intriguing to say the least.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 18, 2018 / 6:38 am

      Yes it was so enjoyable to read the book Bethany and kids loved looking at the pictures as well

  12. April 17, 2018 / 7:44 pm

    I love children’s books with a message to be kind to others. Great that this is also available on kindle

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 18, 2018 / 6:34 am

      Yes it is Helen, its nice to be able to teach kids a message with their reading

  13. April 18, 2018 / 10:19 am

    A book that gives back to charity is my kind of read, and I think that it is great that it not only reassures children who are going into hospital but it also shows them how much kindness really means to us all.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 18, 2018 / 10:55 am

      Yes we totally agree Ana, its so important to be able to teach kids about values and being kind and through reading

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 20, 2018 / 10:37 am

      Yes its a great idea Lauretta

  14. April 18, 2018 / 6:16 pm

    This looks like such a lovely book and I love that they donate a portion of the profit too, what a lovely idea

  15. April 18, 2018 / 6:41 pm

    Oh, I love this book. I think my kids would love it. Fab little giveaway too! 😀

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 20, 2018 / 10:36 am

      Thanks Beth, yes its a fab giveaway!

  16. Angela Bethea
    April 19, 2018 / 4:55 pm

    Thumbs up for this kind of books that teaches good values to kids. Good to hear about the help for a good cause too.

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 20, 2018 / 10:31 am

      Thanks Angela, we totally support authors who write books with a deeper message behind it

  17. April 21, 2018 / 11:15 am

    It looks a lovely little book and I’m all for my ids spreading small acts of kindness. Mich x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 21, 2018 / 7:30 pm

      Yes we thought it was a lovely book too and with a message behind it

  18. April 21, 2018 / 9:13 pm

    Ah this is such a lovely way to spread awareness, such a cute book and I am glad your kids enjoyed it xxxxxxxxx

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 22, 2018 / 9:46 pm

      They totally loved it Olivia

  19. April 24, 2018 / 6:59 pm

    I love the idea of this book – how cute! And such a cute idea for kids to read that are in hospital or even feeling unwell x

    • yeahlifestyle
      April 24, 2018 / 8:33 pm

      Totally agree and a very good message behind it as well

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