Playing by the book

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

42? Sausages? On the meaning of life and Tim Hopgood’s Little Answer

Both giggle inducing and surreptitiously brain expanding, Little Answer by Tim Hopgood is about BIG questions (“What is the meaning of life?”, “What is the secret to happiness?”). And sausages. Yes, really. It’s about sausages. And I say that even though you could in fact argue Little Answer is ultimately about the biggest existential questions […]

Favourite reads of 2013 as chosen by 25 (children’s) authors and illustrators (and me)

This time of year the colour supplements and review sections of newspapers always feature articles I enjoy, with authors recommending their favourite reads of the past year. But these articles rarely feature authors and illustrators whose work is enjoyed by the 0-teens. Whilst the Children’s Laureate or a media-genic YA/Crossover author might be included, the […]

Big! by Tim Hopgood = a perfect storytelling start to the school year

School is back in full swing now, and I’ve returned to my storytelling sessions at J’s school on a Friday afternoon, where I get to read stories and play and craft in what is termed “Golden Time”. It’s a brilliant way to round off the week (definitely much better than the Triple Latin I once […]

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