Playing by the book

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

Cuddling up to Nightbear by Rebecca Patterson

There are lots of recipes for great picture books but Rebecca Patterson has certainly worked out one of the best set of ingredients. She takes a good dose of humour, a non-patronising, reassuring, sincere child’s-eye view of the world and adds in highly observant illustrations and a sprinkling of drama. She did it with the […]

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 […]

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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