Playing by the book

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

Handmade Christmas (book) decorations inspired by Ernest and Celestine

A good story can right the world. It can draw you back from lonely grumpiness, or fed-up tiredness. It can make you feel human and connected once again. And this truth is at the gentle heart of Ernest & Celestine: Merry Christmas by Gabrielle Vincent, a charming, restorative seasonal read. Celestine is full of hope […]

Bears delivering and receiving letters: Books by Tom Percival and David Lucas

One of the everyday delights in my life is getting post; the sort that comes through the letter box and thuds satisfylingly on the mat. Indeed, it’s one of the fringe benefits of reviewing children’s books, that most weeks I get beautiful and exciting mail, literally turning each day into a small gift. Two very […]

Snowy dreams and nightmares

There are not many books which give me nightmares but Snow Bear by Piers Harper is one. It was a favourite of both girls when they were toddlers, even though I couldn’t stand the sight of it (you can read more in my review here). But months, even years, after I last read that book, […]

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