Playing by the book

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

Made by Raffi by Craig Pomranz & Margaret Chamberlain & other knitting picture books

Indulge me: Have a quick brainstorm about picture books you know for young kids which explore what it feels like to be different? [Go on! Play the game!] . . . . . . . Of those you’ve come up with, how many are about emotions rather than physical characteristics? How many of them feature […]

Cuddling up to Nightbear by Rebecca Patterson

There are lots of recipes for great picture books but Rebecca Patterson has certainly worked out one of the best set of ingredients. She takes a good dose of humour, a non-patronising, reassuring, sincere child’s-eye view of the world and adds in highly observant illustrations and a sprinkling of drama. She did it with the […]

A rhyming review, a covert cat and another great giveaway

A review in verse Imaginary friends are really the best for escaping the blame, explaining the mess. They’re even more fun, when your Mum plays along until she’s fed up with all that goes wrong. No matter how cute, your friend must comply: It’s better behaviour, or else it’s goodbye. Squishy McFluff, The Invisible Cat […]

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