Playing by the book

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

The power of flowers and unexpectedly enjoyable reading

Want to know what book is the hottest property in our home at the moment? The book we’re fighting over, the book that it’s almost impossible to take a photo of, because as soon as someone finds it they’ve hidden themselves away with it in a wardrobe with a torch, or under their bed with […]

A timely, deadly review

I shouldn’t have been excited to read this week’s news about an Ebola outbreak in Uganda, or the new flu virus found in seals but given that on Friday I reviewed a children’s book which features both Ebola and pandemic flu over at the STEM Friday blog, I couldn’t help being pleased with my sense […]

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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