Playing by the book

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

Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Your Body

“When can I grow a beard?” “Where do doctors go when they’re ill?” “How do cuts get better?” “Why do I look pale when I’m ill?” Lift-the-Flap Questions and Answers about Your Body by Katie Daynes, illustrated by Marie-Eve Tremblay answers all these questions and many more in a brilliantly framed and formatted book for […]

Pterosaurs, sweetcorn racing and zombie cockroaches: where great non-fiction can take you!

2014 sees the first crop of books by Red Shed (@RedShedBooks, Egmont‘s new dedicated non-fiction imprint for children and young people) hitting shelves across the UK. I Explore Digging for Dinosaurs and I Explore Under the Sea, both by written by Mike Goldsmith (@mj_goldsmith) and illustrated Kate Daubney (@kd_illustration) plus an advance copy of In […]

Chaos, sex, death and a wonderful, wonderful children’s book

A beautifully written book rich with themes encompassing teenage identity, sexuality, gender, possible mental health issues, ageing, intergenerational friendship and death Fruitloops & Dipsticks by Swedish writer Ulf Stark packs a punch. It’s a breathtaking read full of humour, warmth, generosity and complexity that left me in tears, determined to spread the word about it, […]

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