Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad Blog Tour comes to Childtastic!

Here at Childtastic, we are delighted to be part of the ‘Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad’ blog tour to celebrate award-winning author, illustrator and animator Yasmeen Ismail’s new book, by the same name, published on 3 April by Laurence King Publishing. Happy, Sad, Feeling Glad is a lovely book that not only talks about the different…

M’encanta aquest llibre (sempre!)

Today’s review is of a book by a writer and illustrator from Barcelona – Anna Llenas – so I couldn’t resist attempting a little Catalan in honour of her work, and in memory of the months I spent in the city over 20 years ago. I just hope I got it right! The expression “opposites…

Wind and rain …

Monday marked the start of Spring, not that you would have known, with the horrendous wind and rain we had. However, it was good timing to look at the two new books published by the Bodleian Library, whose subject matter was very fitting for the tempestuous and temperamental British weather. The March Wind, by Inez…

Odd Dog Out Fits Right In

Remember your school days when it was essential to fit in? To a certain extent, the same is true of adulthood, though perhaps we have more resilience and courage to be different with a few more years under our belts. Nevertheless, there is always pressure to be one of the gang no matter who you…

Will Mabbitt can only draw worms… or can he?

There are many books that I wish I had written, but I’ve just come across a picture book that I wish I had drawn. And that’s saying something considering I am about as good with a pencil as Mr Bean is with, well, anything. The book in question is I Can Only Draw Worms by…

When author asides don’t work

One of the great things about being an adult reading children’s books to children is seeing their reaction to the stories they hear. It’s something of a paradox that most people who write or draw for children are grown-up – this discrepancy between ages doesn’t tend to happen, to my knowledge, in other areas of…

When beards become homes

I can’t quite convey how excited I was when I received Duncan Beedie’s new picture book The Lumberjack’s Beard. A fan of his previous book – The Bear Who Stared – I knew that I would be in for a treat with this title … and boy, was I right. Big Jim Hickory is a…

Rethinking morals

As many of you already know, I work as a primary school librarian in Oxford. Ours is  a Church of England Aided Primary School, and much of our daily life revolves around supporting and celebrating Christian values, and we focus on a particular one each month – this month’s, for example, is honesty. Last week,…

My Top Christmas Read

With only a day left before Christmas, I thought I’d better announce my top Christmas read for 2016. So, without further ado, I am delighted to announce that it is… Mistletoe and Murder, by Robin Stevens, Published by Puffin Books When a review copy of this book came through the door, I was so excited….

Amazing non-fiction for last-minute presents

Non-fiction books sometimes get forgotten amongst the massive publicity around novels and picture books but there are so many wonderful titles out there that will delight and inform in equal measure. I know lots of children who love working their way through ‘fact books’, so this post is dedicated to them. Perhaps if you know…

Seasonal picture-book round-up

So many books have come my way over the last few weeks that I’ve struggled a little to get posts written. The thing is, they’re all lovely and I really want to get them out there as possible suggestions for Christmas presents! So, what better way than to do a post with some of my…

Getting arty this Christmas

I’ve been a little busy lately, trying to keep up with life at school and home, especially in the run-up to Christmas. It’s amazing how quickly things ramp up. I don’t think that we have many free days between now and the 25th, which is kind of exciting and scary in equal measure. Therefore, I’m…