Playing by the book

Reviews of kids' books and the crazy, fun stuff they inspire us to do

Over the Hills and Far Away – a breathtaking new nursery rhyme anthology

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World compiled by Elizabeth Hammill and illustrated by 77 different artists is one of those books you might buy as a gift for someone, but then find it impossible to part with. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting […]

HAT WEEK: Sarah McIntyre, Celebrity Hat Stand

When I first started planning hat week, I knew I wanted to invite the wonderful Sarah McIntyre, illustrator and writer of picture books and comics extraordinaire to take part. The creator of Vern and Lettuce, Princess Spaghetti and half of the all singing all dancing Oliver and the Seawigs and Cakes in Space team Sarah […]

HAT WEEK: Happy Birthday, Madame Chapeau and David Roberts’ previous life as a milliner

What’s a life without love, even if that love is a bit wonky and not quite what you expected? Madame Chapeau, the latest creation from the finely paired team of Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, does her best to send little flights of joy and love out into the world, by making hats that perfectly […]

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