300 picture books week 15.

Ping and pong grow. Lovely pictures, very individual style. Slightly annoying that the text doesn’t always marry up with the pictures though. And bumble bees don’t make honey. Wild about books. All I said was Hop into bedtime. The magic bed.

The Geography of You and Me – review and giveaway.

geography of you and me

buy on kindle Buy at Hive The Geography of you and me by Jennifer E Smith is pretty much the perfect teenage romance. It’s gentle and funny, touching without being mawkish, and has been added to my list of go to books for when I *need* a feel good read. That isn’t to say that […]

300PBs week 14


Read52 ponderings – what makes a good book review?

I intend to do one or two book reviews a week here. But I don’t seem to be keeping up with myself at all at the moment. I’ve read lots – list on my Read52 page (you can also get the badge for the challenge if you feel like joining in ) So obviously, instead […]

Divergent: the book and the film


Yesterday was the European Premiere of Divergent in Leicester Square, London. The square had been transformed into a fan experience, patrolled by Erudite scientists and Dauntless soldiers. There were bungee jumping things, laser guns, the opportunity to have yourself photographed in the film poster, and of course, there was the test. First things first, though, […]

Treat day. (With bonus Shattered book launch.)


Today has been a treat day. I try to do this with the children in some kind of rotation, but it can be difficult to juggle. Today was Big’s turn. We got on a train to London. When we got there it was coffee time. Then we went to a bookshop. For this. This is […]

Read 52 – catching up, giveaway and invitation.

driver dan and they're off

In the month that this blog reached no 1 in the Ebuzzing literature charts, I’ve been sadly amiss with book blogging. Oops. Isn’t that always the way it goes? I’m going to try to squeeze out a couple of reviews over the weekend, but I thought instead today I’d waffle a bit. And give away […]

Minimum mess makes – Spring pictures.

concentrating hard

As I blogged recently, I have some issues with mess. Since then, I’ve been trying to make sure that we do something crafty or sensory pretty much every day that we’re here (if we’re out and about I don’t bother quite so much!) I wish I’d written more nine/ten years ago about what I did […]

300 picture books week 10 featuring Satoshi Kitamura.


We’ve not done a lot of reading this week, what we have done is focus on a couple of books by Satoshi Kitamura. The first is Millie’s Marvellous Hat. This is fabulous. Millie spends all of her (non existent) money on an imaginary hat. She then gradually realises that everyone has a hat. There’s loads […]

A world book day surprise with Miles Kelly.


A little while ago I was very pleased to be approached by Miles Kelly publishers to be involved in a secret santa style book swap with other bloggers. I was assigned a blogger to stalk research, and someone else researched us. I chose a book and then waited. And a fab parcel arrived through the […]

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