Nightbird: Alice Hoffman

Nightbird Alice Hoffman

Pre order Nightbird at Amazon (many formats) | Pre order at Hive Blurb (slightly edited): Twig lives in a remote area of town with her mother, baker of irresistible apple pies. A new girl in town might just be Twig’s first true friend, and ally in vanquishing an ancient family curse. A spellbinding tale of […]

300 picture books wk 3. Or thereabouts


Continuing our 300 picture book trek – another good week, including our first library visit. Last week we got up to 23 books, this week we’re totalling 35. Bubble trouble UFO diary. Satoshi Kitamura Books always everywhere @nosycrow The littlest dinosaur @KidsBloomsbury Rosie’s walk Rex wrecks it Grandad Pot Goodnight Tiptoe Polly Dunbar The Hueys […]

The Weebles from Weebledown Farm


Buy Weebles Wobbly Farm Figure and Base Assortment at Argos. This here is a Weeble. It’s a dog. It’s part of a new range of Weebledown Farm toys from Character toys, and it should have a little friend, a sheep, but he seems to have wobbled off into hiding. Retailing at around £4.99, there’s a […]

Saturday snippets 24 January 2015

{watching} Jericho (just finished season 1) and Continuum (just started season 2). Netflix has really broadened my horizons. We had #familyfilmnight on Thursday, How to Train a Dragon 2. Big in particular seemed to really enjoy it {reading} Nightbird. Just started it. Is drawing me in nicely though. And a good contrast to the last […]

Boys don’t cry by Malorie Blackman

Boys dont cry Malorie Blackman

Boys Don’t Cry | Despite Malorie Blackman’s reputation, I’ve somehow come this far without reading any of her work. I finally put that right this week, when one of Big’s friends lent me Boys don’t cry, and I read it in one sitting. (Who needs sleep anyway?) Blurb: In Boys Don’t Cry, bestselling author Malorie […]

Conspiracy Girl by Sarah Alderson

Conspiracy girl Sarah Alderson

Do you ever find yourself so sucked into a book that you barely recognise the world around you when it's done #justme? — Jax Blunt (@liveotherwise) January 22, 2015 Pre order at Amazon | Pre order on kindle | Pre order at Hive I had an eArc of this to review via Netgalley, but it […]

Just 10 minutes – felt tip ballerina

strike a pose

Trying to remember that when I spend time doing arts and crafts and things with my hands I feel better. It’s hard to remember that when the clouds come in. Somehow tonight I dragged myself out. Paper, felt tips, paint brush and water. And a copy of How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas (Usborne How […]

New on Netflix – The Adventures of Puss in Boots

adventures of puss in boots netflix

The Adventures of Puss in Boots, a Netflix original series, has been a boon this week. As has been mentioned elsewhere, I have spent many hours sitting in front of the screen with a succession of children glued to it – I comb, they watch. Fortunately, it’s pretty good even from my point of view, […]

300 Picture books


Carrying on from last week with our 300 picture book journey. 9 books this week. 0 reviewed. Oops. All shared on instagram and twitter though, so if you follow my tag #300PBs you’ll find lots of picture book recommendations. There are a couple of other people taking part as well, and still plenty of time […]

Sunday sunset


There’s something about a seaside sunset isn’t there?

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