Playing by the book

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

Cuddling up to Nightbear by Rebecca Patterson

There are lots of recipes for great picture books but Rebecca Patterson has certainly worked out one of the best set of ingredients. She takes a good dose of humour, a non-patronising, reassuring, sincere child’s-eye view of the world and adds in highly observant illustrations and a sprinkling of drama. She did it with the […]

Secrets of ‘The Ice Bear’ – an insight from Jackie Morris

Last month Jackie Morris‘ haunting book The Ice Bear was released in a new paperback edition. To celebrate this I asked Jackie to share a little of the background to this bewitching story, to share some the book’s secrets. If you’ve already got a copy of the book you might want to have it to […]

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 […]

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