Playing by the book

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

Favourite reads of 2013 as chosen by 25 (children’s) authors and illustrators (and me)

This time of year the colour supplements and review sections of newspapers always feature articles I enjoy, with authors recommending their favourite reads of the past year. But these articles rarely feature authors and illustrators whose work is enjoyed by the 0-teens. Whilst the Children’s Laureate or a media-genic YA/Crossover author might be included, the […]

Celebrating Dixie O’Day: An interview with Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy

Looking for a fictional location and characters for your kids to fall in love with? The sort they will want to meet and visit? The sort that they’ll want to hear more and more stories about? Yes? Well, can I then recommend the wonderful new world created by Shirley Hughes and Clara Vulliamy, set in […]

A highwire act of drama and unexpected friendship

Did you know that it’s perhaps all down to Pliny the Elder that there’s a widely held (Western) folk belief that Elephants are afraid of mice? (I learn all sorts of things researching blog posts!) Well now we can turn to the very lovely and brand new Bubble and Squeak by James Mayhew and Clara […]

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