Lost My Name Books

Book review by
Regan McMahon, Common Sense Media
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Fun, personalized tale of kid's quest to find lost name.

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age 3+
Based on 2 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Educational Value

Associates letters of the alphabet with human, animal, and fanciful creature names.

Positive Messages

You are special, and one of the special things about you is your name. You are courageous to go on an adventurous quest.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The kid is upbeat and adventurous. The people, animals, and creatures met on the quest are kind and helpful.

Violence & Scariness

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that the Lost My Name books are independently published, computer-personalized picture books you order online to feature your child's name and representative image. You pick from three images for your boy or girl (among varying skin and hair color) and supply the spelling of your child's name; the paperback that arrives (with free shipping) is titled either The Little Boy Who Lost His Name or The Little Girl Who Lost Her Name. The main character goes on a quest to find his or her lost name and collects the letters of the name sequentially from people and creatures met along the way. The name is spelled out on the last page. It's a cute, rhyming alphabet adventure that makes a great bedtime book, as it ends with the tired child tucked into bed.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byPenelope C. January 2, 2017

Great idea; terrible execution

The idea of the book being personalized to a child's name is brilliant, really. The ability to choose which animal for each letter is even better. But the... Continue reading
Parent Written byDiane S. December 29, 2016

Fabulous addition to my grandsons library

I purchased this for my 3 year old grandson for Christmas and he was a captivated audience. He loves when grandma reads with him and this book is a huge succes... Continue reading

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What's the story?

A boy -- or girl -- wakes up to find the name on his or her door gone. The kid then sets out on a quest to find the "lost" name and encounters people and creatures along the way, each of whom gives the kid one letter of his or her own name (such as a knight who gives a K followed by an aardvark who gives an A, in a book about a little girl named Katie) that sequentially add up to the reader's whole name on the last page.

Is it any good?

This adventurous alphabet book is an international marketing success that also happens to be a cute story with appealing art kids will enjoy. It's been a hit in numerous countries, as it works for both genders and is available in nine languages. It features a clever rhyming text and ends with the kid main character tucked safely in bed, making it a good choice for a bedtime book.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about personalized stories. What's fun about the main character having your name?

  • What's your favorite alphabet book?

  • Imagine an adventure story where you meet a bunch of different creatures. Then draw the creatures in the story.

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