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The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Stick Man by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 17th is Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s ‘Stick Man’.

By | Arts | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”, Arts

Prosumer: “Without music I would have gone insane or killed myself”

Earlier this week I caught up with Prosumer on the last day of his recent tour of the US. He was in his hotel room in Chicago about to head to Edinburgh, where he relocated earlier this year from Berlin. Prosumer is a cult figure thanks to his residency at Berlin’s infamous Panorama Bar, a position he held since it was opened, his unerring passion for record shopping and digging for gems coupled with innate ability to thread together disco, funk, soul and house in his all vinyl DJ sets.

By | Arts, Music | Tuesday, 17 December 2013 at 2:00 am

Ripper Street ‘Our Betrayal part 2′ – Series 2 – Episode 8, Arts

Ripper Street ‘Our Betrayal part 2′ – Series 2 – Episode 8

Picking up from the end of last week from the Ripper Street equivalent of the Four Weddings and a Funeral ‘Is it raining?’ scene, the Whitechapel trio are back together and on the case.

By | Arts | Monday, 16 December 2013 at 11:10 pm

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 16th is Leigh Bardugo’s ‘Shadow and Bone’.

By | Arts | Monday, 16 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 10, Arts

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. – Season 1, Episode 10

If this week’s episode proves anything, it’s that Agents of Shield is a series that has made good progress in its attempt to tell ambitious genre stories.

By | Arts | Monday, 16 December 2013 at 12:15 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Tailor of Gloucester by Beatrix Potter

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 15th is Beatrix Potter’s ‘The Tailor of Gloucester’.

By | Arts | Sunday, 15 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Parker Penguin ‘Rounds’ app by Nosy Crow, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Parker Penguin ‘Rounds’ app by Nosy Crow

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 14th is Nosy Crow’s’ Rounds: Parker Penguin’ app.

By | Arts | Saturday, 14 December 2013 at 4:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Mirror of the Sea, by Joseph Conrad, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Mirror of the Sea, by Joseph Conrad

Christmas is a time for giving, and giving books – everybody knows how important the festive season is for publishers and booksellers, and what with the spiraling commercialisation of the season I make no apology to family and friends for giving all of them books as presents.
But there is the question of what to give. [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 13 December 2013 at 2:41 pm

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 13th is C.S. Lewis’s ‘The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe’.

By | Arts | Friday, 13 December 2013 at 4:00 am

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Christmas Stories by Michael Morpurgo, Arts

The Children’s Book Blog Christmas Countdown: Christmas Stories by Michael Morpurgo

For December I’ve decided to turn the children’s book blog into a sort of literary advent calendar. Every day of the month I’ll be posting a short recommendation of a wintry or Christmassy children’s book to warm your cockles or, in some cases, chill the blood. There’ll be something for readers of all ages, from picture books all the way up to YA. My choice for December 12th is this collection of four Christmas stories by Michael Morpurgo.

By | Arts | Thursday, 12 December 2013 at 4:00 am

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