Playing by the book

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

Findus plants meatballs: gardening disasters to make you and your kids laugh out loud

Have you and your kids ever attempted to grow your own vegetables and failed miserably? Maybe the weather’s contrived against you? Or the slugs have slithered wild and destroyed your crops? If so, perhaps Findus Plants Meatballs by Sven Nordqvist will put a wry smile on your face. Pettson, a crochety but ultimately kind and […]

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari plus 7 ways to turn your (child’s) words and pictures into a book

Do you think there is an age at which you’ll stop reading aloud to your children? Have you already reached that stage? Why might you keep reading to an older child who can already read themselves? These are some of the questions I’ve been contemplating as part of a discussion, initiated by Clara Vulliamy, about […]

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, […]

« go backkeep looking »
  • Coming soon – new adventures

  • Categories