Playing by the book

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

Non-Fiction Monday: My Pop Up City Atlas by Jonathan Litton and Stephen Waterhouse

The adage “Books can take you anywhere” is beautifully exemplified by My Pop-Up City Atlas by Jonathan Litton (@JonathanLitton) and Stephen Waterhouse (@SWIllustrator), a thrilling, whistle-stop tour through 70 cities around the world. Using pop-ups and a whole host of paper-engineering whizzery to bring to life exotically coloured urban scenes from cities both well known […]

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: […]

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 […]

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