Playing by the book

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

Beautiful books inspired by Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker

Today’s Picture Book Month theme is Music and given the approaching season I couldn’t resist looking at a couple of books to go with Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker: Ella Bella Ballerina and the Nutcracker by James Mayhew, and Nutcracker by E.T.A Hoffman, translated by Ralph Manheim, illustrated by Maurice Sendak. Having introduced us to Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella […]

A Fidget, some fairies, and a whole load of (flopsy) bunnies

If you don’t already believe in magic, Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts will make you wish you did. A modern-day fairy story, complete with a wicked witch, enchanted golden keys, a cruel step-mother, talking animals, an abandoned baby and plenty of excitement, laughter, and yes, sparkling magic throughout, this first book […]

Magritte, Midas and a magical book from Belgium

The Magical Life of Mr Renny by Leo Timmers (translated by Bill Nagelkerke) is a modern day take on the King Midas story, an exploration of the seductive power of stuff, but how what really matters at the end of the day is not what we own but rather the friendships we foster. Mr. Renny […]

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