Playing by the book

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

That Cat who came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt

Mr Tibbles – a shy reporter on the local newspaper – has been threatened with the sack. It’s perhaps no surprise: Mr Tibbles is mad about cats, and all his stories end up revolving around felines one way or another. What his editor wants, however, is news! An act of kindness brings Mr Tibbles into […]

Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Warning: this post really does contain cute kittens

Kittens and Cute. They go together like purple and prickles, tigers and teatime, picnics and lashings of ginger beer. And in Max the Brave by Ed Vere (@ed_vere) we meet another very cute kitten. He’s small, and black and has big bright eyes. But even though every reader who picks up this book will definitely […]

Picture books where naughtiness goes unpunished and unredeemed

The phenomenal, ongoing success of Horrid Henry and the recent rebranding of Blyton’s Naughtiest Girl in the School series (with new illustrations by Kate Hindley) show how many young children love to read about kids getting up to no good. Picture books which revel in really bad behaviour are less common but Children are Naughty […]

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