The School of Music

I didn’t think we were a particularly musical family until I started writing this review and realised there’s actually quite a lot of music in our lives. While there’s no concert pianists among us, the twins adore singing in their school choir, dance twice a week and there was a recorder on their book list…

Little People, Big Dreams Agatha Christie

As a child, my reading was almost exclusively fiction. I don’t think it ever occurred to me to go looking for a non-fiction book to read for pleasure. It turns out my husband was the opposite, devouring factual books, and I’m quietly jealous about all the cool facts he’s retained. So I’m determined to make…

The Sisters Saint-Claire

This is a gorgeous book – perfect to gift to a special young girl to read over and over or to just gaze at the delightful, delicious pictures. As well as being a sweet story, the book feels like a treasure. The hardcover is textured and embossed, the pages are thick, there are sweet berry…

I’m going to eat this ant

My four-year-old boy laughs at the ending every time and his older sisters put down their books to peek at the pictures when I bring this book out. It’s a cheeky story about an anteater who is bored with his diet of ants and daydreams about more appetising ways to eat them. It’s apt that…

There’s Broccoli in my Ice Cream!

I can totally relate to this cute picture book – and so can my three little rascals. My children spent a few solid years eating only good, healthy food but, somewhere along the way, processed food crept in and now dinner time can be a battle. I haven’t tried to smuggle broccoli into their ice-cream,…

I don’t want curly hair

The young girl in this tale has a riot of spiral curls and they’re a fabulous shade of auburn too. They look so fun. But she bemoans them with their knots and their frizz. There’s fun onomatopoeia as the lass tries ridiculous ways to make her hair straight, including weighing it down with books and…