Playing by the book

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

Non-fiction books aren’t just about facts: 2 playful artist biographies which encourage self expression

In this day and age where there are fewer and fewer independent bookshops, some of the most exciting bricks-and-mortar places for discovering new children’s books are the shops in museums and art galleries. Whilst they may not carry a huge range of stock, they often have quirky, unusual books which would never make it to […]

A highwire act of drama and unexpected friendship

Did you know that it’s perhaps all down to Pliny the Elder that there’s a widely held (Western) folk belief that Elephants are afraid of mice? (I learn all sorts of things researching blog posts!) Well now we can turn to the very lovely and brand new Bubble and Squeak by James Mayhew and Clara […]

The best show in town this season

Over the Christmas holidays M and J decided they wanted to create a show for the family, and Pushka by Stephen Mackey was chosen as the basis for the production. With all the elements of a fairy tale (an enchanted wood, a trapped heroine, a terrifying giant, a sprinkling of magic, kindness from animals and […]

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