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Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes

Sorry, yet again, for the long silence. Again you can blame Michael Gove. And the general insanity of the last few weeks of term. Still, we won a copy of Alfie’s Christmas by Shirley Hughes (Bodley Head Children’s, 2013) from … Continue reading

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Mixed Up Nursery Rhymes and Fairy Tales

I realised that I haven’t been writing much about children’s books lately, what with one thing and another, so I’ll try to rectify that over the next little while. A book that has been keeping fils cadet amused for the … Continue reading

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No! by Tracey Corderoy and Tim Warnes

Although my copy of Oksa Pollock came through from the Mumsnet Book Club before this, it is, ahem, rather longer and is languishing on the TBR pile at the moment. I will get to it soon though, honest. But the … Continue reading

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Reasons to Be Cheerful

It’s raining again. It seems to have been raining forever. The weather hasn’t read the calendar. It’s July on Monday and I went out this morning in boots with a jumper and a rain mac. So I’ve been sitting around … Continue reading

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The Jolly Postman

This classic picture book by Janet and Allan Ahlberg came out in 1986, so just too late for me to have grown up with it myself. Coming to it in adulthood was an absolute joy, however, and the boys love … Continue reading

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If You’re Happy and You Know It…

… clap your hands! OK, we all know the song and as with fairytales, there seems to be a thriving industry turning nursery rhymes into picture books. Anna McQuinn’s adaptation is illustrated by Sophie Fatus and published by Barefoot Books … Continue reading

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The Large Family, a study in empathy

If ever there was a series of books for parents to empathise with, it’s Jill Murphy‘s The Large Family (Walker Books). Mr and Mrs Large are just trying to have Five Minutes’ Peace or A Quiet Night In, or to … Continue reading

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Edwina, The Dinosaur Who Didn’t Know She Was Extinct

This book by Mo Willems (author of the utterly brilliant Don’t Let the Pigeon… series) stars Edwina, the friendly local dinosaur. Everybody loves Edwina because she bakes cookies, helps little old ladies cross the road and plays with all the … Continue reading

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Don’t Read This Book!

Talking of fairytales, as I was a few days ago, half the fun of them is in the retelling and reworking. Don’t Read this Book! by Jill Lewis and Deborah Allwright (Egmont, 2009) is a variation on the story of … Continue reading

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The True Story of Humpty Dumpty

As well as the library, we end up with unfamiliar books coming home from school or nursery in the boys’ book bags from time to time. The True Story of Humpty Dumpty by Sarah Hayes and illustrated by Charlotte Voake … Continue reading

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