Playing by the book

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

Wolfman by Michael Rosen & Chris Mould: Those we demonise are human underneath

Wolfman is terrifying! Wolfman is threatening! Wolfman is unstoppably destructive! And he’s coming your way! But let me reassure you: Wolfman by Michael Rosen and Chris Mould is also so funny, you might just wet your pants On one level a moral about how those we demonise are human underneath, this wickedly enjoyable book about […]

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 […]

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