Playing by the book

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

Busy with books

The last couple of weeks haven’t seen much action from me here on Playing by the book, but that’s not because I haven’t been busy with books. On the contrary, I’ve been busy interviewing:- Lyn Gardner, talking about writing for children’s theatre as opposed to children’s books Sarah Crossan, discussing how verse novels differ from […]

A highly illustrated interview with debut picture book creator Linda Sarah

Today I’m bringing you an illustrated interview with a debut picture book illustrator. Linda Sarah‘s Mi and Museum City publishes next week (you can read my review of this fabulous book here) and by way of celebration I asked Linda a few questions about her work and interests. To my utter delight she chose to […]

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, […]

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