Playing by the book

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

The Flying Bath and developing a bathroom library

With pretty much all clock-watching abandoned for the summer holidays we’ve been sneaking reading into unusual places. First we boosted breakfast feasting on books with our toast rack displays, and since then we’ve been squeezing in extra reading at the other end of the day – at bathtime. When the kids were little we were […]

Wolfman by Michael Rosen & Chris Mould: Those we demonise are human underneath

Wolfman is terrifying! Wolfman is threatening! Wolfman is unstoppably destructive! And he’s coming your way! But let me reassure you: Wolfman by Michael Rosen and Chris Mould is also so funny, you might just wet your pants On one level a moral about how those we demonise are human underneath, this wickedly enjoyable book about […]

The best Dutch children’s literature in translation: now and in the future?

To celebrate the publication earlier this month of The Cat Who Came in Off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt, translated by David Colmer, today I’m sharing my 5 favourite Dutch children’s books which are available in English (being a Dutch-English bilingual family this is something we know a little bit about ). But […]

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