Playing by the book

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

Cakes in space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Imagine packing up your home, leaving Earth and setting out to travel across space to colonise a new planet. The journey will take so long you’ll be put into a cryptobiotic state. But there is absolutely nothing to fear: You’re on sleek new spaceship, looked after by a team of well-programmed robots, and everything has […]

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 […]

An interview with Marcus Alexander

This month one author in particular has kept my 9 year old busy. Busy ensconced under her duvet on the sofa. But also busy bounding around the kitchen and garden doing dare-devil acrobatics. The author that’s kept her so busy is Marcus Alexander. Marcus is the author of a three book fantasy adventure series, Keeper […]

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