Playing by the book

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

Some things are worth waiting for: Snow by Samuel Usher

Illustrator Sam Usher burst onto the scene two years ago with with a riot of colour and pattern in Can You See Sassoon?, which was shortlisted for the Red House Children’s Book Award 2013. When your first book gets flagged up as a potential prize winner, there is some expectation and anticipation when it comes […]

The Katie Morag Treasury / Books with a strong sense of location

Over the last couple of year’s I’ve read quite a lot about how children’s books with a very specific cultural setting are not favoured by publishers because it is hard to sell rights widely; publishers are keen for “universal” stories which translate (literally and figuratively) well across borders and languages. Whilst I understand publishers’ drive […]

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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