Playing by the book

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

An Interview with Elli Woollard, creator of Woozy the Wizard

Woozy the Wizard: A Spell to Get Well written by Elli Woollard and Al Murphy is the first in a new and very funny series of readers for children just gaining confidence in reading alone. Woozy is a terribly well-meaning wizard who’s keen to help his friends, but more often than not he gets somewhat […]

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole: diamonds, a dog and deadpan humour

Sam & Dave Dig a Hole by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen is full of near misses but ends up being one big hit. Forget the treasure that may or may not be buried under your feet, pick this book up and you’ll have a real gem in your hands. It starts like this: […]

Cakes in space by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre

Imagine packing up your home, leaving Earth and setting out to travel across space to colonise a new planet. The journey will take so long you’ll be put into a cryptobiotic state. But there is absolutely nothing to fear: You’re on sleek new spaceship, looked after by a team of well-programmed robots, and everything has […]

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