Playing by the book

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

Some bedtime reading anyone? [or: How to welcome new bookcases to your home]

Yesterday my girls got 2 new bookcases in their room, and whilst we filled the shelves, I made a 48 second video: I’ve been wanting to make a stopmotion film of bookshelves ever since seeing this: and this: Our little film is somewhat clunkier, but it does feature only children’s books (look out for the […]

Rebellious reading and other audacious acts

If you were trying to support and encourage a young environmentalist, feminist or …anarchist (!) what books would you suggest for them? I might give the newly re-issued Barbapapa’s Ark, or the simple but very effective What are you playing at? Or if you were simply looking for a great read for your kids about […]

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 […]

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