Playing by the book

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

Pick up a penguin!

Penguin in Peril by début author/illustrator Helen Hancocks is a terrific tale of feline banditry as a trio of tom cats kidnap a penguin from the local zoo. Their plan – to teach the penguin to fish for them so they need never go hungry again – falters when the penguin escapes their clutches and […]

Comradeship, conflict of interest and CAKE…

I’ve been toying with a rather big idea recently: whether or not to stop reviewing books by authors and illustrators I somehow know. When I started this blog I don’t think I’d met an author or illustrator since I was a child, but now the situation has changed. I’m incredibly fortunate in that I regularly […]

Snowy reads and a penguin playscene to print

We’ve had a lot of snow this week and one of the ways we’ve been really enjoying it is by using it as an excuse to return to some favourite wintry books/scenes. First up we made Sugar Snow, inspired by the classic description in Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I […]

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