Picture Book and Play – There is No Dragon in this Story

Picture Book And Play is a weekly post in which we look at a picture book (or books) Peapod's been enjoying recently and some of the play we've had based on it. It was Peapod's Dad's birthday a couple of weeks ago and Peapod's gift 'for' him were some Castle building blocks, so our downstairs... Continue Reading →

Picture Book and Play – Jack and the Beanstalk

Picture Book And Play is a weekly post in which we look at a picture book (or books) Peapod's been enjoying recently and some of the play we've had based on it. We've actually not done a huge amount of anything this week after a busy Easter weekend finally being able to see family, hunting... Continue Reading →

The Midnight Swan

I was lucky enough to request and be approved to read an early copy of this from the publishers on netgalley, in exchange for an honest review. All views and opinions are my own. The Midnight Swan by Catherine Fisher, cover art by This is the third book in Catherine Fisher's Clockwork Crow trilogy (you... Continue Reading →

The Restless Girls

When I was younger, Twelve Dancing Princesses was one of my favourite stories. Something about the midnight trips out, the worn out shoes, the boats to magical forests and dancing maybe. As a huge fan of Jessie Burton's adult novels 'The Miniaturist' and 'The Muse', I was very excited to hear she was writing a... Continue Reading →

Poetry Thursdays: Fierce Fairytales

So, a couple of weeks ago, on National Poetry Day, I posted about how much I enjoy poetry, but rarely choose to read it. This evolved into the idea of making my Thursday posts (weekly when I can, fortnightly when life takes over!) poetry posts. In strangely serendipitous timing, I had just started reading 'Fierce... Continue Reading →

WWW Wednesday 10/10/18

Hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’, every Wednesday we ask and answer the 3 W’s: It'll be a short one this week as I've not managed much reading at all. I don't know where this week has gone! What are you currently reading? I pre ordered this, having been ridiculously excited about it... Continue Reading →

WWW Wednesday 3/10/18

Hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’, every Wednesday we ask and answer the 3 W’s: Last time, I snuck an extra W in there too with what Peapod and I had read that week, but I've decided to do a regular "Peapod's Picks" post each Friday instead - picture books/board books new and... Continue Reading →

WWW Wednesday 15/8/18

Hosted by ‘Taking on a World of Words’,  every Wednesday, we ask and answer the 3 W’s: What are you currently reading? I need to start timing these WWW Wednesday posts better! Just like last week, I finished my current book - Storm-Wake by Lucy Christopher - in bed with a coffee this morning (there... Continue Reading →

Spinning Silver

Miryem was brought up in a snowbound village, on the edge of a charmed forest. She comes from a family of moneylenders, but her kind father shirks his work. Free to lend and reluctant to collect, his family faces poverty - until Miryem intercedes. Hardening her heart, she starts retrieving what's owed, and her neighbours... Continue Reading →

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 →

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