Playing by the book

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

Our Orkney Reading List Part 2

Whilst away on holiday we read not only books set in Orkney but also books with more tangential links to this heart-entrapping archipeligo of islands. Full of seaweed, flotsam and inspiration for beach combing, Oliver and the Seawigs by Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre was a massive hit with us all. Mermaids, mysterious islands which […]

Falling in love again with an old classic

What “classic” picture books have you read so often that the magic in them now doesn’t sparkle so bright? With some regret, I have to admit that many of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s picture books fall in to that category for me, so it was an utter treat to be able to cast off […]

A Fidget, some fairies, and a whole load of (flopsy) bunnies

If you don’t already believe in magic, Operation Bunny by Sally Gardner, illustrated by David Roberts will make you wish you did. A modern-day fairy story, complete with a wicked witch, enchanted golden keys, a cruel step-mother, talking animals, an abandoned baby and plenty of excitement, laughter, and yes, sparkling magic throughout, this first book […]

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