Playing by the book

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

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 […]

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 […]

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