As a respected blogger, (I see you sniggering at the back), I quite often get offered free stuff.
I know, cool isn’t it?
I seriously never expected it, and I definitely didn’t start blogging to get free stuff. Most of the stuff is a bit odd, (Crock Pot anyone?), and I mainly just say a polite ‘no’, especially to the people who have clearly never read my blog before. Like the woman who began her email ‘I can tell from reading your blog that you’re a big fan of baking’. I also appreciate that it’s pretty dull to read about me trying out stuff like Slendertone.
Sometimes though I get contacted by people who just seem genuinely lovely*, or who have really cool things they want to tell me about, and I actually just want to help them. Like Tom Percival, a Bristol based author and illustrator who has just written this gorgeous book, called A Home for Mr Tipps.
Have a look for yourself if you don’t believe me…
Believe it or not, (and regular readers may not), I went through a little phase when we first moved to the new house of reading a story to Belle at bedtime. I know, I know, but I think it was the whole ‘new house’ thing. It’s worn off now, don’t worry.
Getting our very own copy of A Home for Mr Tipps was timed perfectly with this parenting blip though, and we both loved it. I mean look at the pictures – who wouldn’t?
Of course I love books generally, but this really is beautiful. I would definitely buy it. If I hadn’t been given one obviously.
And if you want EXTRA cute, there’s even videos. Nice.
*Tom’s girlfriend even offered to have coffee with me if I needed new friends. That IS lovely.