Playing by the book

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

Flower fairy wands and stunning Walter Crane illustrations

Thinking recently about books and stories which have been shared across at least three generations of our family, I was reminded of the Flower Fairy books by Cicely Mary Barker. It was a little like suddenly seeing the trees for the wood, as Flower Fairies have long been a favourite with my girls; they love […]

Three pickled herrings, two happy readers, one fun book

Three Pickled Herrings by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts is the second in the Wings and Co detective series. We had so much fun with the first volume, Operation Bunny, (here’s our review) we couldn’t wait to read a new instalment. Detective cases are apparently like buses. You can wait for ages, and then […]

A Fidget, some fairies, and a whole load of (flopsy) bunnies

If you don’t already believe in magic, Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts will make you wish you did. A modern-day fairy story, complete with a wicked witch, enchanted golden keys, a cruel step-mother, talking animals, an abandoned baby and plenty of excitement, laughter, and yes, sparkling magic throughout, this first book […]

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