Playing by the book

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

Waffle Hearts: a brilliant and big hearted new book from Norway

On Monday Waffle Hearts by Maria Parr swept me off my feet. I read it in a single sitting late at night, and on Tuesday, I dropped everything and read the entire novel to the kids, over breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a novel twice in under 24 hours, […]

Three cheers for Rosie Revere!

The last couple of weeks on the blog have really reminded me how books can take you everywhere and anywhere. From “pink” books, to the Holocaust, to environmental campaigning, I do love the journey my blog takes me on. Today’s roving brings us to contemplate engineering and what constitutes failure, with Rosie Revere, Engineer by […]

Do you avoid “pink” books? Plus an interview with Abie Longstaff

When browsing for new books to read with my girls, I generally avoid anything which is pink (or associated shades of purple and red) and sparkly. I know lots of parents don’t; for many it’s a useful pointer, and for publishers it’s seen as a way to boost sales. But for me, it’s often shorthand […]

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