Playing by the book

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

It’s an Orange Aardvark!

I do love a book full of holes. Tights with holes? No thank you. A bike tyre with a hole? What a pain. But a book with holes? Yes PLEASE! There are some all-time classic books with holes in them: Carle’s Very Hungry Caterpillar and the Ahlbergs’ Peepo. More recently there’s the exuberant Peck, Peck, […]

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole: diamonds, a dog and deadpan humour

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen is full of near misses but ends up being one big hit. Forget the treasure that may or may not be buried under your feet, pick this book up and you’ll have a real gem in your hands. It starts like this: […]

Welcome to the family by Mary Hoffman & Ros Asquith

Fascinating and reassuring, thoughtful and funny, Welcome to the Family by Mary Hoffman, illustrated by Ros Asquith is a very special book about all sorts of different families and the ways children end up in them. If ever a book was cut and bound with love, this is it. It’s the perfect book if you’re […]

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