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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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Twerking Lizards, Wizards and Creative Writing: Translators in Schools 2

Back in the summer I wrote about the Translators in Schools training I’ve been doing, so after that it was a case of going off to work out my own workshop with a mentor and another translator, and then just … Continue reading

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A Wooden Tortoise and a Bag Full of Cuddly Toys: Translators in Schools

At the end of last year, I attended an initial Translators in Schools training day at the Free Word Centre in London. As well as learning about lesson planning, behaviour management and so on, leaders Sarah Ardizzone and Sam Holmes … Continue reading

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Kipper’s A to Z

We’re all big Kipper fans in this house, and fils cadet has recently borrowed Kipper’s A to Z by Mick Inkpen (Hodder Children’s Books, 2000) from the library. It features Kipper and his little friend Arnold, and an over-enthusiastic zebra … Continue reading

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Differences between literature translations for children and for adults, Guest Post by Aleksandra Milcic Radovanovic

Today is “guest post exchange day” on the Wordcount Blogathon, so I am pleased to welcome translator Aleksandra Milcic Radovanovic and her thoughts on the differences between translating for children and for adults. Do you agree? Let us know in … Continue reading

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It’s a split digraph at school and a magic E at home

As I’ve mentioned before, watching my son learn to read is an endlessly fascinating process. I have absolutely no intention of getting into the merits or otherwise of phonics or any other system for teaching reading on here, but I … Continue reading

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Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates

I’d never heard of this book or author until fils aîné was given it for his birthday, although Louise Yates won the Roald Dahl Funny Prize for her second book, Dog Loves Books, which was also nominated for the Kate … Continue reading

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