Category Archives: Book club

Treasurebobs

If you’re still searching around for Christmas gifts for the children, but don’t want to buy the usual plastic tat, may I recommend Treasurebobs? These little characters come in book or game form and are perfect for those of us … Continue reading

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Christmas reading

We’ve got the Christmas books out. We had all of these last year but E wasn’t really into them as much. This year all is different. And I’m thrilled. So let me talk you through them: Santa’s Beard – Matilda … Continue reading

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Tea with a Tiger

One of my favourite instructions to send out, when I worked for Waterstone’s booksellers, was the list of rules that accompanied any children’s costume for children’s fun days. It read: Always have someone accompany the costumed person around. Do not … Continue reading

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We have been reading…

It’s been a while since I covered any books on the blog. Miraculously in these straitened times, our local library has just had an injection of cash and there have been a lot of new books to read. So here’s … Continue reading

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A Gruffalo stance*

Visitors to Nottingham’s Central Library may have spotted the Gruffalo and his friends in the window recently. I took E in there last week so that she could see the Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler bookbench which is pride of place. … Continue reading

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“She’s got to get used to it…”

I took E to the dentist today. It’s the second time we’ve been and the main purpose, apart from to check her teeth, is to familiarise her with going to the dentist. So wouldn’t you, if you were a dentist … Continue reading

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But I know what I like

It was a week of ludicrous statements in the press last week. Artist Jake Chapman said that he doesn’t believe parents should take their children to art galleries because children can’t appreciate the art yet – being, as they are, … Continue reading

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Another post about reading

It seems like barely a week goes by these days without someone wringing their hands about the parlous state of reading among the nation’s children. They’re not reading enough or they’re not reading the right things or they stop at … Continue reading

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Book review & special offer: Lost my Name

I’ve been searching since E was born for a company that makes personalised books. I had one when I was a child – Me and the Smarties Safari – which cast me as the hero of my own story, saving … Continue reading

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“In my day television was called books” *

Arguments about the changes to the GCSE English Literature syllabus rumble on. As far as I can find out, some recommendations were made to the exam boards and the Secretary of State for Education regarding the curriculum. These offered ideas … Continue reading

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