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Review: Science is Magic

A child with a copy of Science is Magic.

This is a paid collaboration with DK Books. In case you didn’t know already, we’re currently in British Science Week. So what better time to review this title recently published by DK? Written by science presenter and comedian, Steve Mould, Science is Magic┬áteaches kids the science behind a range of magic tricks. I’ve always been …

Review: The Little Inventors Handbook

A child holding a copy of The Little Inventors Handbook and his invention.

Happy World Inventors Day! If your kids are anything like mine, they love inventing things. Mine are forever writing their own comics featuring all kinds of weird and wonderful contraptions. They rarely make it off the page though. So, to celebrate the recent publication of The Little Inventors Handbook and to mark World Inventors Day, …

The Brothers Grim

A fairytale scene with characters burping and farting and the words 'The Brothers Grim' superimposed.

I’ve always been proud of how creative my kids are. All three of them have brilliant imaginations and come out with some really interesting and funny ideas. Just lately, however, I’ve been a little less enthused. The fact that they’re clearly ready to return to school may be playing a part here as things have …

The day we lost our library

A book and a candle.

Today was a sad day. We learned that, despite council tax increases, our local library – as well as six others in the county – is to close. For the last few months, I’ve been campaigning with a group of like-minded school parents to keep it open. We’ve worked really hard petitioning, raising awareness and …

Review: The Highway Rat DVD

The Highway Rat DVD.

As I mentioned recently, my two-year-old daughter is completely obsessed with The Highway Rat at the moment. The animated version – which was on BBC1 over Christmas – has really captured her imagination. Indeed, she regularly recounts favourite moments in the same intonation as the voice talent! She was very happy, then, when a review …

My best posts of 2017

So 2017 is almost over. It’s difficult to work out whether it’s been slightly better than 2016 or just a continuation of a new, depressing norm. That’s how things seem to be in the bigger picture anyway. Closer to home, I’ve had a mixed bag. Losing my Grandma, although she’d had an amazing innings, was …