Playing by the book

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

Burst your pipes laughing with The Toucan Brothers

Indulge me and just for a moment, shut your eyes and think of Richard Scarry’s classic characters from Busy Town singing a romping good song accompanied by finger picking on a banjo. Can you see in your mind’s eye the animals in dungarees, the charming European townscape with gelaterias and bakers, where every tall townhouse […]

Magnets, thieves, hats and Jon Klassen…

Tomorrow sees the publication of latest book by an author who perhaps created the biggest buzz in the picture book world last year. This is not my hat by Jon Klassen is clearly closely related to I want my hat back, Klassen’s widely hailed picture book from 2011 (here’s my review): There’s a hat, it’s […]

Chaos, sex, death and a wonderful, wonderful children’s book

A beautifully written book rich with themes encompassing teenage identity, sexuality, gender, possible mental health issues, ageing, intergenerational friendship and death Fruitloops & Dipsticks by Swedish writer Ulf Stark packs a punch. It’s a breathtaking read full of humour, warmth, generosity and complexity that left me in tears, determined to spread the word about it, […]

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