MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS: BLACK OPS FIELD GUIDE – Book Review
I love gifting personalized items, especially of the geek variety. I also equally love receiving personalized items so when Put Me In The Story offered up one of their personalized books for review, I jumped at the chance.
Put Me In The Story creates personalized books for kids by taking bestselling children’s picture books and well-loved characters and allowing you to create personalized books that make your child the star of the story alongside their favorite characters.
They offer a wide range of story books/characters like Disney, Sanrio, and Sesame Street. They also have it broken down by age, occasion, characters, and even grown up gifts. This sounded like fun so I went on their website and created my book. Now I bet you are wondering which book I got to personalized? Here, let me show you!
That’s right, Marvel’s The Avengers: Black Ops Field Guide. They have a few Marvel based books which I thought was awesome. I was going to gift this to my stepdaughter who is a huge Marvel fan and loves to read but my inner child decided to get it for myself. (I’m sorry Lilli, next time!)
Personalizing the book:
This part was so easy! They ask everything they need for the book. It’s a quick type up but it took me a bit longer because I am paranoid about spelling. For this book they asked for the person’s name, gender, hair and eye color. You could write up a dedication and upload a photo. Since this was for me, I had a bit of fun with it and uploaded a photo of me when I cosplay as Kate Bishop/Hawkeye. In the dedication box I typed up one of my favorite quotes from her. I also said that the book was from S.H.I.E.L.D.
A note with the photo: if you upload the photo and try to edit/crop it directly on their site, it will come out blurry. I had another person in the photo I wanted to use so I had to use my own software, crop it, and then upload it. Remember to still save it as a hi res photo.
Once I had everything typed up and double, tripled checked for spelling, they offer a chance to review how the book will look with your information. The preview took a long time to load though. I used both Chrome and IE but nothing worked. Both browsers and my laptop were updated so I wasn’t able to figure out why it wouldn’t. It finally did after a lot of refreshing. I’m just throwing it out there in case it happens to someone else. Once I reviewed everything, I hit submit and off it went.
They offer a nice selection of shipping including USPS which made me happy. I got it sent right to my PO Box and it took about a week to get to me. I wasn’t expecting it that quick because it is a personalized item. I still wouldn’t wait 3 days to order it before actually needing it but it’s nice to know about how fast I can get it.
I was actually shocked that it was a hardcover book. This is the part where I mention I was too excited to create this that I didn’t see the product details. And my last name is on the front and back cover! I am an official S.H.I.E.L.D agent. Remember how I mentioned that it asked for my birthday, hair and eye color? When I opened the book the first page I saw was an ID. They printed a S.H.I.E.L.D id card with my photo and information. I thought that was a cool little extra item. I won’t be cutting mine out but if I did cut it out, I wouldn’t be losing anything else on the page. The dedication I included was on the next page along with a bigger photo of me. It doesn’t look blurry like I was afraid might happen.
The book is titled Black Ops Field Guide and they treat it as such. They include both good and bad guys with information about them such as personal profile, powers, origins, etc which is really awesome because children love learning especially if it’s about their favorite superheroes/villains. It’s a great selection of characters like Hawkeye, Falcon, Doctor Strange, M.O.D.O.K., Thanos , and others. Black Widow is the lone female in the entire book though.
Another neat thing they included is a “secret report” form that is filled out by the agent. Not only does one get to learn about the characters featured but you can also answer questions, include your own notes, and just really get involved. The last page of the book includes a section for the “agent” to fill out and add their own powers, strengths, origin story etc. These extras are awesome and lets the child really enjoy the book.
Overall, I’m really happy with this book! Putting it together was really simple and the final product was awesome. I plan on letting the little one help me fill out the “secret reports” in the book.
If you have a Marvel fan and want to get them something personalized, definitely check out Put Me In The Story!