Playing by the book

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

We have lift off

We Have Lift Off! by Sean Taylor and Hannah Shaw is a riotously funny take on a deadly serious issue; what we’re doing to destroy our planet and how, if at all, we can save it. Farmer Tanner’s land is polluted, the trees have all been chopped down, and the animals are crammed together into […]

2 books which shouldn’t be shelved: High Times and Swan Lake

Once you’ve finished a book what do you do with it? Shelve it away so it can barely be seen? How about, instead, exhibiting it on a window sill or mantelpiece to invite comment, to become an ever present part of your life? Not all books lend themselves to this of course, but High Times: […]

Toys in space [said like the Muppets' "Pigs... in... spaaaaace"]

Toys in Space by Mini Grey is our kind of book, all about stories providing comfort, where what is a ‘story’ and what is ‘real life’ become beautifully blurred. It starts with an observation about family life which is tiny but which resonates loudly with us; it being summer holidays here and lots of time […]

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