Category Archive: Children’s Literature

Reading Round-up (alfresco edition)

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It’s been an odd week, the awfulness of the news occasionally escaped with big doses of nostalgia and, well,  escapism. I’ve been redecorating, and just giving in and going with my previously-restrained urge… Continue reading

#German Literature Month -‘Inkheart’ by Cornelia Funke

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As November is German Literature month (hosted by Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy at Lizzy’s Literary Life) I thought I’d join in the fun by writing a review or… Continue reading

Ghosts and book stickers

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My current spooky phase has led me to this wonderful book. If I had read this when I was a kid it could well be one of my favourites ever, but as it… Continue reading

Nothing says Christmas like a 1960s Pop-up Picture Book!

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Forgive me for coming over all sentimental, but with the Big Red Man (thanks for your input, Coca Cola) getting ready to shuffle down our chimneys, I thought I’d show you a book… Continue reading

Christmas Cosy

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These books are my Christmassy feelings. We don’t do much in the way of presents in my family, except for kids, but I don’t care as it’s the music, food, books and twinkly… Continue reading

Childhood Book Injustices Part 1

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I occasionally have to remind myself which one is Quentin Blake and which one is Quentin Crisp, but like pretty much all other children of the western world and beyond, I have an… Continue reading

Englebert Humperdinck – Sorry that username is unavailable.

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My daughter and I were looking for something to watch on the Digital Theatre website, and she liked the look of the opera ‘Hansel and Gretel’. We were about to download it when… Continue reading

Why You Should Steer Clear Of Fairy Rings On Midsummer’s Eve

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I was made to read Rudyard Kipling’s ‘Puck of Pook’s Hill’ at school and I can honestly say I have rarely detested a book with more vigour. In my memory, it pretended to… Continue reading

Self-sufficiency for kids.

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Until I had children, my only encounter with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s ‘Little House’ stories, was through the television series.  When I read the books I was amazed at how much more there was to… Continue reading

The disturbing death of Cock Robin

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The rhyme surrounding the murder of a robin was always going to attract the spookiest of illustrations. Plus, there’s something just wrong in the death of a robin. They are so sweet and… Continue reading