Last week I was invited to the launch of the brand new book by children’s author Nicola Rowley – James and the Birthday Balloon. The launch event took place at the Evelina London Children’s Hospital. As well as Nicola being attendance, so was CBeebies and This Morning star Dr Ranj. For every copy of the book that’s sold, £1 will go to the Evelina London Children’s Hospital to help care for poorly children. Included with each copy is an Audio Book version narrated by Dr Ranj.
“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. 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 lets 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.”
Top Tips from Dr Ranj
At the event, I was able to have a quick chat with Dr Ranj to get some top tips on how best to help with children going into hospital. “Firstly, it’s best not to lie to children going into hospital, be honest about what will happen to them. Try to answer any questions they have, don’t scare them, but don’t lie. Secondly, use play to try an show them what will happen, children learn through play and it will help them understand. Thirdly, use existing resources – there is lots of helpful information online. Take full advantage of it”
Dr Ranj has just filmed the CBeebies Christmas show which is on screen in December. He couldn’t say much about his role, except that people might be surprised by it!
Nicola and Dr Ranj have given me two signed copies of James and the Birthday Balloon to give away to two lucky Kip Hakes.com readers. Entering the prize draw couldn’t be easier, just complete the Rafflecopter below. You only have to do the first step, but doing the others will earn you more entries! The draw ends at midnight on 28th November 2018.