Food For Thought: The Inspiration Behind The Last Chip by Duncan Beedie

We have been lucky enough to be included in the week-long Blog Tour celebrating and illuminating Duncan Beedie’s latest book, The Last Chip. In keeping with Duncan’s other books (The Bear Who Stared and The Lumberjack’s Beard), The Last Chip has an important underlying message — this time about poverty, hunger and living rough. It’s the […]

Books to make the dark a little less scary…

It is now dark when we wake. The sun no longer shines at bedtime. Winter is coming and that means the nights are drawing in. For some children, that can also mean anxiety surrounding bedtime. Our two girls have both, only just this week, decided nightlights are the new way forward. So, with that in mind, here […]

Reviews in Brief: Pool by JiHyeon Lee

As a child, I spent hours and hours in our family swimming pool pretending to be a mermaid, undertaking “Jacques Cousteau missions”, and embarking on deep-sea treasure hunts. Sometimes, I would hold myself still underwater and simply enjoy the quiet. Our girls can both now swim underwater on their own (a recent development) and I […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…Rob Biddulph

I don’t know how to put this, but Rob Biddulph is kind of a big deal in the picture book world. His books, Blown Away, Odd Dog Out and Sunk!, are undisputed members of the Kid Lit canon. He published four more books this month and has another coming out in a few days. Even […]

A Grown Man Writes About Fairies…by EJ Clarke

EJ Clarke’s exciting first book, Rowan Oakwing, introduced young readers to the fairy realms hidden in London’s parks. Now, our eponymous heroine is back in Rowan Oakwing Night of the Fox and the stakes have never been higher. Without giving too much away, Rowan sets out to save her mum from the evil Vulpes with […]

The Bear Who Stared by Duncan Beedie

This is probably far too meta, but — full disclosure — I’ve been trying to write this review for months now. I could not seem to find…the appropriate finesse. I know what I am about to say flies in the face of convention. So, I’m going to lay my cards on the table. I am pro-stare. […]

Exploring the power of picture books with…Marc Martin

I had never seen a picture book like it. A River was the lushest children’s book I had ever seen. It took me by surprise, dipped me, then kissed me full on the mouth. It was a little bit Conrad, a little bit Munari and had bags and bags of something uniquely, beautifully its own. […]