Playing by the book

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

What makes you happy?

My Happy Life by Rose Lagercrantz, illustrated by Eva Eriksson, translated by Julia Marshall is a great early chapter book about friendship, school and holding on to the good things in life, despite its ups and downs. Dani is probably the happiest person she knows. When she can’t sleep at night instead of counting sheep, […]

An interview with Swedish author Ulf Stark

Ulf Stark is an author I only discovered this summer, but what a discovery! I’m very excited that he will be here in the UK next month as part of The Children’s Bookshow, an annual tour of children’s authors and illustrators across the UK. I recently chatted to Ulf over email about his work and […]

A triumphant trio of boy-friendly books

One of the truly great discoveries for me this summer has been the Swedish author Ulf Stark. Last week I couldn’t resist telling you about his bittersweet exploration of identity, Fruitloops and Dipsticks, likely to be enjoyed most by kids in their early years at secondary school or there abouts. Today, however, I want to […]

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