The Perfect Picnic

The Perfect Picnic sees two friends carefully pack a picnic, complete with crockery plates, a warm drink in a flask and a wonderfully creamy cake. But the path to their picnic spot takes them through thorny brambles which, unbeknownst to the pair, tears a hole in the picnic bag. As they search for the perfect…

Open Up Please

This book is so very funny. The ending made me gasp and laugh with surprise, even though I saw it coming. It’s beautifully simple in both words and pictures and perfectly executed. I’m yet to find a book by this author that I don’t like. While Open Up, Please is my favourite, Little Man really…

Through the Gate

This book is wonderful. It’s beautifully poignant and genius in its simplicity. And the illustrations are irrisistible. My little man, 4, asks for it every night and his sisters, 8, put down their books to share this story with us too. It’s about a girl who has just moved to a new house, in a…

Rockabye Pirate

We often read this as our last book on the bedtime pile and I love it when I look over and see my little man has fallen asleep by the last line: “And rockabye pirate has fallen asleep”.  The gentle rhymes are just right for calming down, as the pirates in the story are taken…

101 Paper Planes

This was the best impulse buy! I made the kids wait for the weekend so we could make paper planes with Dad and we’ve had a great time racing them on the lawn.  There’s instructions for six types of planes and 101 sheets of patterned paper to fold. Of course you can just use plain…

How to Draw Cute Stuff

This book has inspired my girls to pull out their pencils and have a go at drawing tricky things they might not usually try – and with great success too. I mean, how cool is that cute kitty, the lollypop and little boy they drew?!  There’s loads in this book, with a getting started chapter…

Animal Activity

This book is jam-packed with paper crafts with a nature focus and a healthy smattering of science too. There’s activities to cut out and make on every page, including jumping froghoppers, a duck whistle, beehive-like honeycomb, piecing together a dinosaur skeleton and making paper flowers bloom by sitting them on a saucer of water. Each…