Review, Interview and GIVEAWAY: Will Mabbit, author of 'The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones', interviewed by daughter Tilly Brookes

Post update 26 Aug 2015: Congratulations to Nicola Furner, Natasha Caughey and Lorna Stagg for winning a copy each of Will Mabbitt’s ‘The Unlikely Adventures of Mabel Jones’. Enjoy it!  Big news: two weeks ago a BIG story about a little girl who is ‘NOT SCARED of ANYTHING!’ was published. The little girl is Mabel Jones, […]

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'The Book of Colours' by Sarah Dyer: Review + READER GIVEAWAY

Post updated 12/05/15: Congratulations to Lori Inglis Hall, Sally Domingo-Jones and Silvia Viramontes Langton for winning the three copies of ‘The Book of Colours’!  Hello! I’m back – and to herald my re-entry into the blogging world, I thought I’d kick-start things with an upbeat shout of colour. One of the last posts I wrote before I […]

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Guest Post + GIVEAWAY: Melanie Smith on 'Story', its Kickstarter, and three amazing Brighton tales to tell your kids

Post updated 23/03/15: Congratulations to Louise Porter for winning STORY ‘Adventure to the Woods’ on Saturday (and apologies for not updating this post until today – we were away this weekend and nowhere near a computer)!  Last week, Melanie Smith contacted me via Twitter. She’s a designer and mother-of-two from Brighton who’s launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise […]

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Interview: Children's illustrator Sarah Dyer on 'The Book of Things'

Post updated13/02/15: Congratulations to Kate Malbon, Lisa Wheeler and Seonid Beecham for winning the three copies of ‘The Book of Things’!  Last week I published our review of Sarah Dyer’s ‘The Book of Things’. I emailed Sarah an interview ahead of that, but my review ended up so long, I thought I’d publish her answers separately. Here […]

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'The Book of Things' by Sarah Dyer: Review + READER GIVEAWAY

Post updated13/02/15: Congratulations to Kate Malbon, Lisa Wheeler and Seonid Beecham for winning the three copies of ‘The Book of Things’!  And so finally the day comes where I get to pen a post about the work of my friend Sarah Dyer, a very talented children’s book illustrator who is Sussex born and bred and now […]

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A Moomin Great Celebration of Tove Jansson's 100th Anniversary

This year is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Tove Jansson, the author and illustrator of the eccentric, magical and beloved Moomintroll books. Both in her native Finland and around the world, there are events, exhibitions and reprints and new editions of her beloved books.

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Viva summer!

WOW. It’s June 1st, WHERE is this year going? With young kids (or maybe all kids) the days just sort of roll into one another and time passes in a happy/chaotic/mental blur. I never seem to know what date it is. So the start of the month is often marked by our local monthly magazine Viva […]

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