The Perfect Personalized Big Brother Book

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Does your home have a soon to be big brother(s) in it?

Do you know a very special little boy who will be expecting a new little brother or sister?

There is nothing more amazing than bringing a new baby into your family.

But as beautiful as it is, it can create a big shift in the dynamics of your family. That is especially true if you already have a first child at home.

If you’ve birthed- or adopted- more than one child, then you already know from firsthand experience the fear that parents can have about welcoming a new baby as a sibling.

Your New Parenting Doubts:

Gone are your first child parenting doubts. No longer are you concerned with things like “Will I know what to do?”

Instead, you have new anxieties about how your toddler or older son will handle the new addition and the change that comes with a sibling.

You start to ask yourself questions like: “Will they love becoming a big brother? Or “Will they sneak into the nursery to torment this poor, innocent baby?”

Well, we are here to help. We’ve created the perfect personalized big brother book that your child is going to love.

Why a Personalized Big Brother Book?

We created a product we wished we had.

As the authors/makers of this book, our family is blessed to have three boys.

So we’ve had two chances to prepare for becoming new big brothers. Each time we watched mom’s belly grow, we looked for unique ways to create excitement about the coming baby.

We tried to focus primarily on just the upsides about how awesome it is going to be to become the big sibling and how this new baby will grow into a new friend.

But at the same time, we did not want to ignore some of the significant changes that were coming. We wanted to prepare the boys for “just because you’re now sharing the spotlight doesn’t mean that we love you any less.”

We did all the things that a lot of parents do.

We did things like sing together so the baby could hear us.

We put our ears to mom’s tummy and felt for their brother or sister’s movement.

We talked, and talked, and talked.

And we read books about being a new sibling.

But both times, we were disappointed by the big brother books we found on the market (there were a few exceptions, and we will share in another post).

So like any children’s book company, as we were reading these other big brother books, our creative wheels began spinning.

We knew that we could find a way to do it better and create a better product for parents.

So we did.

We have just released a new book, Every Hero Needs a Sidekick, and it is the perfect personalized big brother book!


Like our first personalized children’s book, Following Featherbottom, which was created when we were expecting our very first child, the seeds for Every Hero Needs a Sidekick were planted while we were expecting our second.

Every Hero Needs a Sidekick is an adventure story of your little superhero as he (or she) finds out that he is getting a sidekick: a new baby brother or sister.

As with all things MarbleSpark, this is a personalized children’s book.

But with our latest offering, we really wanted to step up the personalization opportunities to really customize this story.

What Can You Personalize? 

Since the future big brother is the superhero in this story, you get to personalize:

  • Gender
  • Skin color
  • Hair color
  • Hair Type or Length
  • Customized name


The Story’s Artwork

The first thing you’ll notice about our new personalized children’s book, Every Hero Needs a Sidekick, is that it features an image of the superhero on every spread of the book!

Ever since we launched MarbleSpark, we’ve had customers tell us they wish we could show their child in the book… well, we value customer feedback so that’s exactly what we did.

As we suspected, this turned out to be, to put it lightly, extremely challenging.

Here’s why…

After finishing the manuscript a couple years ago, we’ve spent the past two years conquering the artistic and technical challenges.

Our amazing illustrator deserves a lot of credit for this feat. To give you a sense of the scale of this challenge, Every Hero Needs a Sidekick has 4 skin tones, 6 hair colors and 10 hair-styles that you can select from.

If we were an app or a technology company that would not be that big of a deal, we would just program it into the code. But since we are a personalized children’s book company we had to make these illustrations the old fashion way.

With this many customizable variations to the superheroes- that meant Brad Sneed, our amazing illustrator, had to personally create 240 variations of EVERY SINGLE illustration in this book.

Yes you read that correctly. Every illustration in the book has 239 other variations of the same drawing. Don’t worry, Brad’s hands are recovering nicely. 🙂

To honor the superhero theme of the book, the art style is comic-book inspired – with plenty of panels and speech bubbles. Brad Sneed’s playfulness and beauty are on full display.

The Story

Like all great comic books, our story centers around a superhero, the future brother (or sister) with some pretty cool super-powers!

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But in the midst of our hero’s adventure, Mom mentions that he could use a sidekick…


Our hero is not convinced…

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Our hero looks for answers to important mysteries… the new sidekick will bring new powers like super stink bombs….

…and imagines what new super-powers this sidekick might unlock for your hero… like super silent mode. 

How will our story end?!?

There’s only one way to find out! You can click here to take a tour of Every Hero Needs a Sidekick.

Or better yet, go create your personalized big brother book for the for boy(s) or girl in your life.

As always, it’s free to see a full preview of your very own personalized book on our website. It makes a perfect gift that your little superhero will absolutely love.

All of our books are hardcover and make the perfect gift from parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles or dear friends.

We hope your son will love his personalized big brother book as much as we do!

Phil, Stacey, Brad and Ken

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