Playing by the book

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

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 […]

The Good Little Devil and Other Tales by Pierre Gripari plus 7 ways to turn your (child’s) words and pictures into a book

Do you think there is an age at which you’ll stop reading aloud to your children? Have you already reached that stage? Why might you keep reading to an older child who can already read themselves? These are some of the questions I’ve been contemplating as part of a discussion, initiated by Clara Vulliamy, about […]

A rhyming review, a covert cat and another great giveaway

A review in verse Imaginary friends are really the best for escaping the blame, explaining the mess. They’re even more fun, when your Mum plays along until she’s fed up with all that goes wrong. No matter how cute, your friend must comply: It’s better behaviour, or else it’s goodbye. Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat […]

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