Playing by the book

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

Cuddling up to Nightbear by Rebecca Patterson

There are lots of recipes for great picture books but Rebecca Patterson has certainly worked out one of the best set of ingredients. She takes a good dose of humour, a non-patronising, reassuring, sincere child’s-eye view of the world and adds in highly observant illustrations and a sprinkling of drama. She did it with the […]

Rebecca Patterson has been busy being brilliant

In My Busy Being Bella Day by Rebecca Patterson, being packed off to nursery seems like the short straw to Bella. Whilst she has to work hard, she can’t help imagining all the fun her younger brother is probably having with Mum. Treats at the café? Or a trip to the soft play centre? Not […]

In at the deep end

Last night as I ordered 3 books from Amazon (this, this and this if you must know ;-)) I wondered what I would feel if the only bricks-and-mortar bookshop in our neighbourhood closed down. It’s not some wonderfully creative, enticing, independent bookshop but merely one of a very large chain. It’s main appeal for my […]

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