For now, above the tallest trees, the shape at the end of the string was clearly visible. There was no sign of the green-and-yellow kite, but in its place danced a figure that seemed at once strange and familiar, a figure wearing a blue coat with silver buttons and a straw hat trimmed with daisies. Tucked under its arm was an umbrella with a parrot’s head for a handle, a brown carpet bag dangled from one hand ...
‘Ah!’ Jane gave a shout of triumph. ‘It’s her!’
‘I knew it!’ cried Michael ...
On sailed the curious figure, it’s feet neatly clearing the tops of the tree. They could see the face now and the well known features- coal black hair, bright blue eyes, and nose turned upwards ...
‘Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins! They cried and flung themselves upon her
Our Halloween #bookoftheday : Rufus, The Bat Who Loved Colours by the inimitable Tomi Ungerer 🦇🎃✨I’ve got quite a few of his books in my collection- they’re so delightfully strange! My favourite as a kid was Crictor, but I haven’t been able to find a copy of that yet 🐍👵🏻🐍#kitsfavouritebooks#halloween2018
We have some gorgeous new Mary Poppins storybooks in store, perfect for a gift or for your child's bookshelf. This timeless classic by P.L.Travers is waiting for you, but hurry! - Mary Poppins only stays until the wind changes you know! See you soon booklovers!
Every month @kidlitpicks chooses a theme and asks people to share their suggestions. This month was way outside my usual reading zone when the theme was revealed, Middle Grade Fiction.
It’s taken some time but I’ve decided to go with an absolute classic from my own childhood which I have reread as an adult and I’m happy to report has stood the test of time.
If you like your books set in the past (Victorian-ish England) with the perfect combination of abandoned children left in the care of evil adults in a big old house surrounded by a hostile environment and some gripping plot twists then this is one to look out for. To say more than that would I think be a disservice. If you’re intrigued, order it to your library. It’s still readily available online and I’m sure as a classic it will be found it bookshops too.
So there’s my offering. It’s not a newbie, but it is a goodie! If you’re looking for more ideas follow #kidlitpicks_middlegrade or look out for the posts by my fellow book lovers @ohcreativeday @wordsandillustrations @kidlitbookbits .
In a dark, dark town there was a dark, dark street....... Who doesn’t love Funnybones? Another classic book from the Ahlbergs which also lends itself to some fun imaginary play using @twinklresources printables.