Playing by the book

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

Opening horizons: An interview with Laura Watkinson, the translator of The Letter for the King by Tonke Dragt

As I anticipated its publication last year, one book – above all – got my heart trembling. When it finally hit the shelves, The Guardian said, “The book is beautifully constructed, and has passages of urgent writing that take their inspiration from fairytales as well as the Arthurian legend.“, The Irish Times said, “a fast-moving, […]

New from Belgium via New Zealand: An interview with award winning illustrator Kaatje Vermeire

Kaatje Vermeire is a young and very talented Belgian illustrator who has just made her debut in the English speaking world with Maia and What Matters (written by Tine Mortier, translated by award winning David Colmer), a stunning and unusual book exploring friendship across the generations, illness and ageing. As I’ve a particular interest in […]

Playing ‘spot the difference’ with Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever

This year sees the 50th anniversary of Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever. I’ve yet to meet a child who doesn’t love Scarry’s charming, anthropomorphic world, and I know I’m far from the only adult around who adores Scarry and could happyily spend hours perusing his books even at an age that makes me only […]

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