Category Archives: children’s books

The Way Life Should Be

And Mum said to me, “Remember this time. It’s the way life should be.”  The Big Big Sea – Martin Waddell and Jennifer Eachus -children’s book review Pleased to have found a children’s illustrator who gives her little girls practical … Continue reading

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Being Different is Special

Dandylion – Lizzie Finlay – Children’s Book Review Dandylion was the first picture book to be written by UK children’s illustrator Lizzie Finlay. It’s been tagged with few different age ranges, I would say three to seven is probably somewhere … Continue reading

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Even Hamsters Get the Blues

I Have Feelings – Jana Novotny-Hunter and Sue Porter – review It’s often said that one of the reasons toddlers have tantrums is because they lack the words to effectively communicate their feelings. Theoretically then, a book specifically designed to … Continue reading

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Princess Smartypants

  Whenever the question of feminist books for little girls is raised, Babette Cole’s ‘Princess Smartypants‘, (Picture Puffin), is one that gets recommended. Originally published in 1986, it’s seen as an alternative to old fashioned fairy tales in which the … Continue reading

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The Shirley Hughes Collection – Review

“our foremost chronicler of the life of ordinary households” (Chris Powling of ‘Books for Keeps’ on Shirley Hughes) Shirley Hughes was born on Merseyside in 1927 and began her career doing illustrations for other author’s books before writing and designing … Continue reading

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