Playing by the book

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

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 […]

Fairytale (Christmas) stars and being selfless

Having admitted that Christmas isn’t a major event for us in my previous post, you may be wondering why I’ve a second post so soon with Christmas in the title. There’s a simple answer: David Lucas. David Lucas is one of my very favourite illustrators (an appreciation which went only deeper after meeting him in […]

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 […]

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