Playing by the book

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

Pterosaurs, sweetcorn racing and zombie cockroaches: where great non-fiction can take you!

2014 sees the first crop of books by Red Shed (@RedShedBooks, Egmont‘s new dedicated non-fiction imprint for children and young people) hitting shelves across the UK. I Explore Digging for Dinosaurs and I Explore Under the Sea, both by written by Mike Goldsmith (@mj_goldsmith) and illustrated Kate Daubney (@kd_illustration) plus an advance copy of In […]

What have you got hiding in your bathtub?

Pick up There’s a Dinosaur in my Bathtub by Catalina Echeverri and let your hair down; turn the pages and you’ll enter into a joyous and playful imaginary world with ice-creams so tall you need a ladder to eat them and a roller-coaster ride through a fairground filled with outsized lollipops and candy cane. Your […]

Terrific Triassic terrors

Why are there not zillions more non-fiction books like Triassic Terrors by Isaac Lenkiewicz (@isaaclenkiewicz) and Nick Crumpton (@LSmonster)? Not only is this fact-filled, amazing activity book effortlessly educational and gorgeously and sophisticatedly produced, it also brilliantly feeds and encourages both curiosity and creativity. Focussing on dinosaurs which rarely get a mention elsewhere (Jurassic and […]

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