Playing by the book

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

Head over Heart by Colette Victor and writing outside of your experience

A rich and warm-hearted coming-of-age tale, Head over Heart is an impressive and important debut novel from Colette Victor. An adolescent girl is smitten with a boy in her class. But she fears her family would disapprove of her spending time with him. How can she balance her wishes with those of her family? How […]

That Cat who came in off the Roof by Annie M. G. Schmidt

Mr Tibbles – a shy reporter on the local newspaper – has been threatened with the sack. It’s perhaps no surprise: Mr Tibbles is mad about cats, and all his stories end up revolving around felines one way or another. What his editor wants, however, is news! An act of kindness brings Mr Tibbles into […]

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 […]

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