Playing by the book

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

That Cat who came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt

Mr Tibbles – a shy reporter on the local newspaper – has been threatened with the sack. It’s perhaps no surprise: Mr Tibbles is mad about cats, and all his stories end up revolving around felines one way or another. What his editor wants, however, is news! An act of kindness brings Mr Tibbles into […]

Max the Brave by Ed Vere. Warning: this post really does contain cute kittens

Kittens and Cute. They go together like purple and prickles, tigers and teatime, picnics and lashings of ginger beer. And in Max the Brave by Ed Vere (@ed_vere) we meet another very cute kitten. He’s small, and black and has big bright eyes. But even though every reader who picks up this book will definitely […]

Findus plants meatballs: gardening disasters to make you and your kids laugh out loud

Have you and your kids ever attempted to grow your own vegetables and failed miserably? Maybe the weather’s contrived against you? Or the slugs have slithered wild and destroyed your crops? If so, perhaps Findus Plants Meatballs by Sven Nordqvist will put a wry smile on your face. Pettson, a crochety but ultimately kind and […]

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