Playing by the book

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

The Katie Morag Treasury / Books with a strong sense of location

Over the last couple of year’s I’ve read quite a lot about how children’s books with a very specific cultural setting are not favoured by publishers because it is hard to sell rights widely; publishers are keen for “universal” stories which translate (literally and figuratively) well across borders and languages. Whilst I understand publishers’ drive […]

Our Orkney Reading List Part 2

Whilst away on holiday we read not only books set in Orkney but also books with more tangential links to this heart-entrapping archipeligo of islands. Full of seaweed, flotsam and inspiration for beach combing, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre was a massive hit with us all. Mermaids, mysterious islands which […]

Our Orkney Reading List Part 1

For our recent trip to Orkney I was looking for books we could enjoy as an entire family; limited space, and a desire for physical books meant I spent a long time choosing the books to take with us. Today I’ll review two books set in Orkney which were absolutely perfect choices. The Boy with […]

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