Playing by the book

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

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, […]

Murderous books, and stories told on skin

The Last Giants By Francois Place (original title: Les derniers géants), winner in the picture book category of the 1993 Prix Sorcières, is a fictional account of a 19th-century naturalist whose discovery of a race of giants ultimately leads to their destruction, despite his personal sensitivity and respect for them. In 1849 Archibald Leopold Ruthmore […]

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