Playing by the book

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

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 […]

Robot awesomeness!

Welcome to Your Awesome Robot by Viviane Schwarz is the first publication from a new and very exciting looking imprint, Flying Eye Books. A craft book about building robot costumes out of cardboard boxes, Viv Schwarz’s book is like no craft book we’ve read before. It’s a bedtime story as well as a round-the-kitchen-table manual. […]

Reluctant readers and creative creatures

When asked for advice on getting reluctant readers eager to stick with a book, I often suggest trying an “instruction book”, whether that be a cookery book, an activity guide, a craft book or indeed a genuine instruction manual. Instruction books have a inbuilt purpose; sometimes reluctant readers are just that because they can’t see […]

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