Playing by the book

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

Meet Hilda: A comic book heroine full of kindness and curiosity

What books will you be gifting this Christmas? One that I’m giving to my girls (please don’t tell them!) will be the 3rd comic book in a series about the life and adventures of a curious, bright and brave blue-haired young girl called Hilda: Hilda and the Bird Parade by Luke Pearson. Hilda walked into […]

In the peace of the night

An exquisite exploration of the magic and mystery of night-time, Hannah’s Night by Komako Sakai (translated by Cathy Hirano) is a soothing exploration of the peace, calm, and quiet that can be found in the midnight hours. A young child wakes up in the middle of the night. The rest of her family are asleep […]

When it all adds up to a 5* book

Abigail by Catherine Rayner is a gentle, joyous book about friendship, counting and enjoying the natural beauty all around us. Abigail, a giraffe, simply loves adding up her numbers but keeps encountering difficulties; the leaves she is enumerating get nibbled by her friend Zebra, whilst Cheetah’s spots just whoosh past in a blur. Abigail’s clever […]

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