Playing by the book

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

New from Belgium via New Zealand: An interview with award winning illustrator Kaatje Vermeire

Kaatje Vermeire is a young and very talented Belgian illustrator who has just made her debut in the English speaking world with Maia and What Matters (written by Tine Mortier, translated by award winning David Colmer), a stunning and unusual book exploring friendship across the generations, illness and ageing. As I’ve a particular interest in […]

Love and a lost toy

Can you believe it’s the very last day of Picture Book Month 2012? Holidays is the theme of the day, and in taking that to mean festive celebrations, I’ve chosen to wrap up a wonderful month with a gentle, charming, heart-melting story set at Christmas: Ernest & Celestine by Gabrielle Vincent, translated by Sam Alexander. […]

Magritte, Midas and a magical book from Belgium

The Magical Life of Mr Renny by Leo Timmers (translated by Bill Nagelkerke) is a modern day take on the King Midas story, an exploration of the seductive power of stuff, but how what really matters at the end of the day is not what we own but rather the friendships we foster. Mr. Renny […]

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