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Book review: The Squirrels Who Squabbled by Rachel Bright and Jim Field

01
Sep
2017

Rachel Bright is one of the most talented – and prolific – children’s authors around. Under-fives (and over-fives too) love everything about her books while adults admire the witty storylines, thought-provoking themes and captivating illustrations. Bright’s latest title, The Squirrels ...continued

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01
Aug
2017

One of the best moments of the week is when the postman rings the doorbell and hands me a pile of books to review. Parents often ask me for recommendations ...continued

23
Jul
2017

The Lake District is one of my favourite places. So I was thrilled at the news that it’s the first UK national park to be designated a Unesco World Heritage ...continued

14
Jul
2017

I whizz through scores of books for work but I’ve rarely read one that made me cry on the train. Luckily no one was sitting next to me on the ...continued

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04
Jul
2017

Lucy Clarke is fast becoming a writer to watch. Last Seen, her fourth novel, is set on a remote coastline dotted with beach huts so I was entranced by the ...continued

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