Playing by the book

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

An interview with Jon Scieszka

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor By Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs is the first in series of highly illustrated books, ideal for the 8-12 crowd, which encourage readers to explore how things work and get experimenting themselves. Given our recent foray into tinkering, Frank Einstein is my new favourite scientist. The brain child of […]

25 years of Katie’s Picture Show: Then, Now and changes in between

Over the five years I’ve been writing Playing by the Book I’ve had the chance to meet many authors and illustrators, but one who has a special place on my bookshelves, and indeed in my heart is James Mayhew. I’ve always admired and been inspired by his passion for storytelling across the arts; so much […]

Lou Kuenzler’s Desert Island Books

This summer both my girls discovered and devoured books by Lou Kuenzler. A specialist in funny books just right for 5-10 year olds, Kuenzler had a hard time writing and reading as a child; she has dyslexia, and is left handed, but was made to learn to write with her right hand. Stories, however, were […]

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