Playing by the book

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

The best show in town this season

Over the Christmas holidays M and J decided they wanted to create a show for the family, and Pushka by Stephen Mackey was chosen as the basis for the production. With all the elements of a fairy tale (an enchanted wood, a trapped heroine, a terrifying giant, a sprinkling of magic, kindness from animals and […]

What happens after dark in the toy museum?

Have you ever wondered what happens to all the exhibits in a museum once the public have gone home, the doors are locked and the lights turned off? In the Museum of Childhood, where David Lucas’ latest book, Lost in the Toy Museum is set, wondrous things happen after dark; all the toys come to […]

Finnish puppets and friendly barracudas!

As part of both my Reading Round Europe series and Nonfiction Monday today I’m bringing you a review of Puppet Theatre by Maija Baric, the Artistic Director of the Sampo Puppet Theatre in Finland, and illustrated by award winning Kristiina Louhi. A craft manual bursting at the seams with creative, novel ideas for making puppets, […]

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