Playing by the book

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

What do cats dream of?

I am Cat by Jackie Morris is an elegiac hymn about the regal, proud and stunningly beautiful nature of wild cats. The book opens with the eponymous Cat, a domestic ginger tom, sleeping and dreaming, dreaming of other cats’ lives; of the Cheetah, “the sharp-eyed running cat, / fast as the wind over the bleached […]

Gifts from book illustrators – Jackie Morris

Jackie Morris creates breathtaking illustrations. Her books are so utterly beautiful – each picture envelops you and transports you to another time and place. Some of my favourite books by her include Tell Me a Dragon, The Barefoot Book of Classic Poems and The Snow Leopard. If you want to bring a little bit of […]


Although I’ve started honing my book searching skills and am beginning to build up a good repertoire of techniques for finding great books for the girls, there’s nothing I love more than when a wonderful book arrives in my lap out of the blue. Tell me a dragon by Jackie Morris isn’t a book I’d […]

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