Beware! Killer Tomatoes by Jeremy Strong
Sep21

Beware! Killer Tomatoes by Jeremy Strong

Jeremy Strong is possibly my favourite of all children’s authors. For others I love see here and here Jeremy Strong writes great slapstick books for kids aged about 6-10. They are slightly more aimed at boys, which is all good by me, seeing as I own two of them. He is a prolific writer, publishing a new book every few months, some as part of a series (Hundred Mile an Hour Dog, My Brother’s…) and others on their...

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Heroes and dreams
Nov18

Heroes and dreams

Now I’m a proper grown-up, I no longer have heroes who are musicians, actors or sportspeople. My heroes now are all literary. It’s because I love books but, it’s also because I’ve always wanted to write. A few years ago I bumped into an old teacher in the village. I didn’t remember her name or what she taught, but she remembered me and that I’d wanted to be an author. Had I made it? Does part-time...

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The best kids’ books from todders to tweens
Aug25

The best kids’ books from todders to tweens

I love reading. I love reading myself, I love reading to my kids and they (and their friends!) love listening to me read. I’m pleased to say it’s rubbed off and my boys are often to be found buried in a book. But what to read to kids? These are my experiences and recommendations. My introduction to children’s books wasn’t great and I felt distinctly downhearted. Once we’d got past the board books with a...

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