Playing by the book

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

Some things are worth waiting for: Snow by Samuel Usher

Illustrator Sam Usher burst onto the scene two years ago with with a riot of colour and pattern in Can You See Sassoon?, which was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013. When your first book gets flagged up as a potential prize winner, there is some expectation and anticipation when it comes […]

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 […]

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