Playing by the book

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

It’s an Orange Aardvark!

I do love a book full of holes. Tights with holes? No thank you. A bike tyre with a hole? What a pain. But a book with holes? Yes PLEASE! There are some all-time classic books with holes in them: Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Ahlbergs’ Peepo. More recently there’s the exuberant Peck, Peck, […]

Over the Hills and Far Away – a breathtaking new nursery rhyme anthology

Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes from Around the World compiled by Elizabeth Hammill and illustrated by 77 different artists is one of those books you might buy as a gift for someone, but then find it impossible to part with. It is one of the most beautiful and interesting […]

The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets – a Royal Society Young People’s Book Prize shortlistee

The Usborne Big Book of Stars and Planets written by Emily Bone, illustrated by Fabiano Fiorin is a first primer in astronomy, full of simply explained and rather beautifully illustrated facts about the Solar System, different types of stars and how they group together, and space exploration and observation. Four large flaps fold out (a […]

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