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, […]

Our Orkney Reading List Part 2

Whilst away on holiday we read not only books set in Orkney but also books with more tangential links to this heart-entrapping archipeligo of islands. Full of seaweed, flotsam and inspiration for beach combing, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre was a massive hit with us all. Mermaids, mysterious islands which […]

When pirates lived next door…

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle has been on my to-review pile for a long time. I really rather like the book, but I’ve found it hard to write a review because I can’t help but read it as a satirical story, commenting on society’s attitudes towards “outsiders” (immigrants, travellers, people who are somehow […]

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