Playing by the book

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

When pirates lived next door…

The Pirates Next Door by Jonny Duddle has been on my to-review pile for a long time. I really rather like the book, but I’ve found it hard to write a review because I can’t help but read it as a satirical story, commenting on society’s attitudes towards “outsiders” (immigrants, travellers, people who are somehow […]

What book would you gift to whom?

Is there anything more generous than giving someone a book? In doing so you are not only giving them, if not the world, then certainly a world, even a universe. Bundled up with the book comes the wish for enjoyment, escapism, and perhaps knowledge and understanding of one sort of the other. And if it’s […]

The kindness of strangers

Earlier this month Besty Bird at Fuse 8 said of Playing by the book “this site just pours its heart into each and every post“. She’s right. I’ve always been told I wear my heart on my sleeve, and today is no different. Except that perhaps today’s post is even more personal than usual. It’s […]

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