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Boy Craft Loads of things to make for and with boys (and girls) by Sara Duchars and Sarah Marks

Boy Craft Loads of things to make for and with boys (and girls) by Sara Duchars and Sarah Marks

In our ever expanding quest to watch less television, we do a lot of craft.We have a fair few kids craft books in this house, some from when I was child minding and needed inspiration quickly, and some to allow the kids to do something a bit more involving that simple cutting and sticking. Many […]

The Colour of London by Piers Treacher


The Colour of London by Piers Treacher

The Colour of London, written by debut novelist Piers Treacher, is an enjoyable and easy read. Easy, I hasten to add, does not mean lacking in plot or thought provoking ideas; just that the story moves forward at a good pace and is well written. The characters are well drawn and easily visualised, which made […]

Mama Never Told Me books by Emily Van Do

Mama Never Told Me books by Emily Van Do

The “Mama Never Told Me” books are based on real comments made to Emily Van Do during her pregnancy and early days of motherhood, with cartoon illustrations by g.f. Newland. You can tell from the image on the cover that these are not books about being a yummy mummy! As a mummy who spends a […]

Not on a School Night! By Rebecca Patterson

Not on a School Night! is one of those books written for kids which strikes a chord with both the adult reader and the children. We have read this nearly every other night since we were kindly sent a review copy. It tells the story of two naughty little brothers who should be settling down […]

Socks by Nick Sharratt and Elizabeth Lindsay

Without a shadow of a doubt this is Fifi’s favourite book at the moment. For a three year old its a laugh out loud romp. In fact, she loves it so much and finds it so funny that we read it over and over again and I really don’t mind. Inside you’ll find sockerels, sockdiles, […]

Penny the Postie in Penny and the Dragon by Keith Robinson

Penny the Dragon is the sort of charming children’s book I would have loved when I was a nipper. It’s ashamedly gentle and old fashioned in the best possible. Penny and the Dragon is the second book in a series, telling the fantastical adventures of a Postie called Penny. Penny works in the Channel Islands, […]

Story Box

I hadn’t heard of Story Box until I was contacted and asked if I would like to have a look at them to review, but I had heard of some of their characters like my little boys personal favourite ‘SamSam’ which we watch in french… Story Box magazines are slightly more expensive than the usual […]

A Pirate's Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates

If like me you get a bit bored with  reading A Night Before Christmas every night for the two months preceding Christmas then this is the book for you. A Pirate’s Night Before Christmas by Philip Yates and illustrated by Sebastia Serra is a brilliant take on the classic poem. Not only does it have […]

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

One of my favourite childhood books was The Secret Garden, it just captured something for me that I could identify and dream about. I loved the lead character Mary and her little bird friend and the whole idea that there was a secret garden that she could escape to. Another little world of adventure beyond […]

I Don't Know How She Does it by Allison Pearson

I remember reading <a href=”I” _mce_href=”http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/9780099570066″>I”>http://www.randomhouse.co.uk/editions/9780099570066″>I Don’t Know How She Does It</a> several years ago, at the time I was gripped by the story but it had very little meaning. On re-reading my review copy, which has been released to tie-in with the new Sarah Jessica Parker film, some of it&nbsp; now strikes a chord […]

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