Playing by the book

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

Cuddling up to Nightbear by Rebecca Patterson

There are lots of recipes for great picture books but Rebecca Patterson has certainly worked out one of the best set of ingredients. She takes a good dose of humour, a non-patronising, reassuring, sincere child’s-eye view of the world and adds in highly observant illustrations and a sprinkling of drama. She did it with the […]

Findus plants meatballs: gardening disasters to make you and your kids laugh out loud

Have you and your kids ever attempted to grow your own vegetables and failed miserably? Maybe the weather’s contrived against you? Or the slugs have slithered wild and destroyed your crops? If so, perhaps Findus Plants Meatballs by Sven Nordqvist will put a wry smile on your face. Pettson, a crochety but ultimately kind and […]

42? Sausages? On the meaning of life and Tim Hopgood’s Little Answer

Both giggle inducing and surreptitiously brain expanding, Little Answer by Tim Hopgood is about BIG questions (“What is the meaning of life?”, “What is the secret to happiness?”). And sausages. Yes, really. It’s about sausages. And I say that even though you could in fact argue Little Answer is ultimately about the biggest existential questions […]

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