Category Archives: Children’s Books

Apple Cake and Baklava

I was sent a copy of Apple Cake and Baklava by Kathrin Rohmann, translated by my friend and colleague Ruth Ahmedzai Kemp (Darf Publishers, 2018) for review. As I read it with Son2, it seemed to make sense to share … Continue reading

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Wed Wabbit by Lissa Evans

The boys had book vouchers to spend over half term, which prompted a whole set of agonising – first Son2 wanted to buy Lego models instead, and then to spend his share on Star Wars encyclopedias, and then Son1 wanted … Continue reading

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Mr Penguin and the Lost Treasure, by Alex T. Smith

Son2 has been reading more independently lately, particularly Enid Blyton and the Beano, so I haven’t had so many children’s books to write about. We’ve managed to break that streak recently though (variety being the spice of life, and all … Continue reading

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And the winner is…

It was a joy to be at the presentation of the Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation on Wednesday evening. This was the 20th anniversary of the award, and all those involved spoke about how the landscape of translated … Continue reading

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Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation, and other excitements

So, yesterday, the shortlist for next year’s Marsh Award for Children’s Literature in Translation was announced at an event hosted by the English Speaking Union at Dartmouth House in London’s Mayfair. And as ever, I was mildly surprised by the … Continue reading

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Claude in the City: A Rollerskating, Beret-Wearing Accidental Hero

Claude in the City, written and illustrated by Alex T. Smith (Hodder Children’s, 2011), was one of fils cadet‘s birthday presents. It took quite a while to get round to reading it, but fortunately, now he loves it. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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To See the Moon So Clearly

My colleague Ian Appleby sent me a copy of his and Simon Geoghegan’s translation of To See the Moon So Clearly by Gai Sever a shamefully long time ago. Sadly, both boys are too inclined to suspicion of new books … Continue reading

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