Inspiring Young Readers
Percy F. Westerman: boys adventure stories and colonial dreams posted on 20 Apr 2018
Percy F. Westerman wrote ripping yarns for boys at an almost incontinent rate. Between 1908 and 1959 he turned out the best part of 180 books...
Charlie Brown, Snoopy and all that crew posted on 11 Apr 2018
I’m a fan of the prickly, contentious, provocative Joe Queenan and I will often go to his columns to find an entertaining, dissenting voice.
Spreading the joys of children’s books : a view from behind the counter posted on 14 Mar 2018
When I was a little girl I used to love ‘playing shop’, organising my various fare and pretending that my toys were my ‘customers’.
Angelina Ballerina works her magic posted on 28 Feb 2018
I am not quite sure why some animals work more successfully than others as anthropomorphic characters in children’ books
Book event variety is the spice of my life posted on 06 Feb 2018
People who know me well will not be surprised to hear that I am thoroughly enjoying every event that I do for The Letterpress Project.
Roald Dahl and the Magic of the World posted on 13 Jan 2018
This article first appeared in the Letterpress Project publication Roald Dahl: The Man Who Believed In Magic
Why I could never really love Rupert Bear posted on 28 Dec 2017
I’d be willing to bet that any list of the twenty favourite children’s characters is likely to include Rupert Bear.
The Annual Wait posted on 21 Dec 2017
Around about this time of the year when I was a child I would be starting to anticipate the Christmas arrival of one or two comic annuals..
Teaching Dahl posted on 13 Nov 2017
This article first appeared in the Letterpress Project publication Roald Dahl: The man Who Believed In Magic
Robert Hales: The Strange Case of the Disappearing Children’s Book Illustrator posted on 12 Nov 2017
This is less of an article of appreciation and more of an appeal for help.