Hansel and Gretel

This is another one of those books I've been excited about for ages! I finally bought it this week and I think it's my favourite in Bethan Woollvin's wonderful fairy tale series so far. "The good witch Willow only uses good magic, and NEVER gets angry. But Hansel and Gretel test her patience to its... Continue Reading →

Map of Salt and Stars

Even a review quote from the Mail on Sunday couldn't put me off this one (although the idea of the Mail positively reviewing a book whose main characters are Syrian refugees is still making my head spin). I loved the sound of it from the start and was thrilled to receive a copy to review... Continue Reading →


When we were looking at which picture books we wanted out on the table in work this month, this one jumped out. "Pants!" the 4-year-old inner me cheered. Of course, we had no way of knowing at this point if it would actually be any good, but the illustrations looked promising (how can anyone resist... Continue Reading →

The Big Book of the Blue

Meet all kinds of slippery, shimmery, powerful and surprising creatures from around the world in this first book of the ocean to share with young children.   Already a big fan of Yuval Zommer's Big Books of Bugs and Beasts, I jumped at the chance to get hold of a copy of his newest book... Continue Reading →

Buzzing with Bee Books

Apparently Sunday was World Bee Day. I had planned to post this bee-themed post then, but the sun came out so instead I ended up sitting in the garden attempting to help plant things whilst avoiding spiders and, appropriately, watching bees and planning which plants to get so we get more of them once we... Continue Reading →

(Last Week’s) Picture Book Round Up

Last Tuesday in work, I was beyond excited by the arrival of a platypus, a tortoise and Oliver Jeffers. The unicorn came later (or truth be told, earlier). Let's start with the first off the shelving trolley - new Oliver Jeffers! (Ok, not new, a paperback version of Once Upon an Alphabet, but since that... Continue Reading →

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