Playing by the book

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

An Odd Dog and onomastics

Odd Dog by Claudia Boldt is an ever so slightly absurd tale about a rather unusual dog, a dog who prefers apples to bones. Helmut has a prized apple tree, laden with ripening fruit. Helmut also has nightmares: His neighbour, Igor, may at any time be plotting to steal all of Helmut’s much loved apples. […]

49 brilliant picture books from the past 5 years as chosen by award winning illustrators

At the start of this month I published a list 50+ brilliant picture books with contributions from several illustrators I’m fortunate to have “met” (at least online). The list was intended to be an source of ideas and inspiration. One interesting aspect for me of that list was how many of the books chosen were […]

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