Playing by the book

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

Waffle Hearts: a brilliant and big hearted new book from Norway

On Monday Waffle Hearts by Maria Parr swept me off my feet. I read it in a single sitting late at night, and on Tuesday, I dropped everything and read the entire novel to the kids, over breakfast, lunch and dinner. I don’t know that I’ve ever read a novel twice in under 24 hours, […]

The best new read-aloud with rude bits

Tick… Tick… Tick… I just can’t wait for this afternoon… I’m going into school for my weekly story+craft session with 5/6/7 year olds and today I’ve got a corker of a book to read with them. Sir Scallyway and the Golden Underpants by Giles Andreae and Korky Paul is going to take the kids by […]

Blue horses, babies and brilliance

In my experience of parenthood so far Eric Carle and the birth of babies go hand in hand. If a newborn is going to receive a book or two as a welcome-to-the-world gift, it’s a nigh-on certainty that there’ll be stories or illustrations from Carle included. I know when M was born we were sent […]

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