Playing by the book

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

Searching for a happy ending…

This year’s family Christmas production at an art centre near us is an adaptation of the short story The Lost Happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy (the UK’s poet laureate), originally illustrated by Jane Ray. After the success we had taking M and J to see When We Lived in Uncle’s Hat I thought we’d […]

An Interview with Jan Pieńkowski

Today I am thrilled and humbled to be interviewing Jan Pieńkowski, twice winner of the Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration. Jan, born in Warsaw in 1936, made his first book when he was 8. As a result of the Second World War his family had to leave Poland and eventually they settled in England. His […]

Meg and Mog, Magic and Specific Gravity

If like me you grew up (mostly) in the UK in the 70s and 80s and you’re asked to think of a famous witch from the canon of children’s literature, I’m fairly confident the name Meg would be one of the first to trip off your tongue. Widgets Back in 1972 Meg and Mog […]

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