Playing by the book

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

Bears delivering and receiving letters: Books by Tom Percival and David Lucas

One of the everyday delights in my life is getting post; the sort that comes through the letter box and thuds satisfylingly on the mat. Indeed, it’s one of the fringe benefits of reviewing children’s books, that most weeks I get beautiful and exciting mail, literally turning each day into a small gift. Two very […]

Free crafty activities from Quentin Blake and Andersen Press

Aah… now today I’ve got some activity sheets that I think everyone will enjoy joining in with between finishing off turkey trimmings and visiting relatives. First up is Quentin Blake. He doesn’t really need any introduction does he? I can’t imagine a UK childhood without at least some Quentin Blake. We have particularly soft spots […]

Fairytale (Christmas) stars and being selfless

Having admitted that Christmas isn’t a major event for us in my previous post, you may be wondering why I’ve a second post so soon with Christmas in the title. There’s a simple answer: David Lucas. David Lucas is one of my very favourite illustrators (an appreciation which went only deeper after meeting him in […]

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