Angelina Ballerina – breaking the fourth wall in picture books


The Angelina Ballerina books form a series of stories about the heroine, Angelina (a mouse) and her friends and family (also, unsurprisingly, mice). Although ballet is an important interest, it’s not a feature of every story and in fact is barely mentioned in Angelina’s Birthday by Katharine Holabird (Author) and Helen Craig (Illustrator) (affiliate link). […]

But what do you do all day?

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Every day is different. At this time of year I’m trying to tease the children away from their screens and into the great outdoors, though to be honest, it doesn’t usually take all that much encouragement. This week, Smallest is enjoying Early Readers from Orion children’s books. She grabbed them out of my hands and […]

Plum Puddings and Paper Moons: Kingdom of Silk 5. By Glenda Millard, illustrated by Stephen Michael King


The Kingdom of Silk was a place where wishes sometimes come true. But even there, you couldn’t wish away something that had already happened, no matter how much you wanted to, or how tightly you closed your eyes, or how hard you clenched your fists when you wished. Nell said the best you can wish […]

Delete by Kim Curran Blog Tour

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Smart, sharp science fiction, not only for teenagers. Buy on Kindle Buy at amazon The country is at war. Beset by enemies within and without. And all because of the decisions changed by one boy, Scott Tyler. In this ravaged alternative reality, Scott hardly recognises himself. He’s a war hero, a leader of a unit […]

A pony in the bedroom by Susan Dunne.

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Reviewing A Pony in the Bedroom: A Journey through Asperger’s, Assault, and Healing with Horses by Susan Dunne. In trying to understand my own diagnosis of Aspergers syndrome (autistic spectrum disorder) and what effect that has had on my life, I’m reading as many books as I can by other autistic people. Susan Dunne grew […]

March picture book catch up.

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In pictures This is the main body of it. That’s a whole lot of books! Titles etc: Picture a Greener future (Worcester Bosch) Bob’s best (ever) friend. Simon Bartram The bad tempered lady bird. Eric Carle Love Monster. Rachel Bright Walter and the no-need-to-worry suit. Rachel Bright Charlie and Lola: We honestly can look after […]

Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs


Pre order at Amazon | at Hive A few weeks ago, over the course of several days, I received a series of postcards, with images of a girl, and a bear. And after those, the most wonderful book Lily and Bear by Lisa Stubbs, arrived. It’s a book about childhood, friendship, imagination, and understanding. It’s […]

300 picture books catch up


The last time I did a proper 300 picture books post was, oops, weeks ago. At that point we were well ahead of schedule, at 48 books. Since then, when we’ve read a book, I’ve stacked it by my chair – it’s getting to the point where I have to stand back and leap to […]

The Ship by Antonia Honeywell

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The Ship This is a book I’d been looking forward to reading from the first moment I heard of it on twitter. And I wasn’t disappointed. WELCOME TO LONDON BUT NOT AS YOU KNOW IT Oxford Street burned for three weeks. The British Museum is occupied by ragtag survivors. The Regent’s Park camps have been […]

LeapReader Junior: Animals around the world book review

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We’re huge fans of picture books here, and also of LeapFrog products. We’ve got a LeapReader, which Smallest very much enjoys, but this is our first encounter with a LeapReader Junior, and I have to say, I’m sold on it, as is Tigerboy. It’s just the right size for his chubby gorgeous little hands, *and* […]

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