Playing by the book

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

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 […]

There are Cats in this Interview! (An Interview with Viviane Schwarz)

Illustrator Viviane Schwarz won a Booktrust Best New Illustrators Award in 2011 and in the same year was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Award. She’s also been shortlisted twice for the CILIP Greenaway award. Surely it can only be a matter of time until she walks away from a big award ceremony as the […]

Robot awesomeness!

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz is the first publication from a new and very exciting looking imprint, Flying Eye Books. A craft book about building robot costumes out of cardboard boxes, Viv Schwarz’s book is like no craft book we’ve read before. It’s a bedtime story as well as a round-the-kitchen-table manual. […]

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