Playing by the book

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

Murderous books, and stories told on skin

The Last Giants By Francois Place (original title: Les derniers géants), winner in the picture book category of the 1993 Prix Sorcières, is a fictional account of a 19th-century naturalist whose discovery of a race of giants ultimately leads to their destruction, despite his personal sensitivity and respect for them. In 1849 Archibald Leopold Ruthmore […]

A story, a story, let it come, let it go… (a review for budding writers told as a tale)

Once upon a time there lived a slightly crazy mum with static hair that frizzed easily, giving the impression a small electric current was constantly pulsing through her. She had two delicious daughters who sought out stories every supper time, and because the mum had an obsession (resolutely unacknowledged, but plain for all to see) […]

Growing great stories

For the last couple of weeks our bedtime stories have come from Magic Beans: A Handful of Fairy Tales from the Storybag. This is an anthology of tales, some well known (Rapunzel), others less so (Cockadoodle-doo, Mr Sultana!) told by a rich choir of voices. You can choose from Anne Fine, Jacqueline Wilson, Malorie Blackman, […]

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