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Storytime Sunday


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was one of my favourite book when I was little – so much so that when I was six I went to school dressed up as Pixie Pat on World Book Day (complete with a massive red paper cone on my head – thanks mum!)


I found it while staying at my parents recently and really enjoyed rediscovering the cute little animals and quirky illustration style…


I love the vintage colours and particularly like the trees with their mix of white and brights…


A perfect little springtime story x




Storytime Sunday


A few months ago we stumbled across ‘Sunshine’ by Jan Ormerod in a second hand bookshop and it’s since become one of our favourites at bedtime.

Purely pictures, it is a beautiful portrayal of the first hours of the day with a small family…


We especially enjoy it as the little girl and father look exceptionally like Elsie and her Daddy…


…unfortunately I don’t quite resemble the mother, who looks very stylish waking up in the morning! (loving the haircut)



Published in 1981, it has a lovely vintage look, the colours are subtle but warm, a little ray of sunshine on the shelf 🙂 OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Charley Harper


This week’s ‘A Little Book Award’ (judged by myself and Elsie) goes to ABC’s by Charley Harper

Every time I see something by Charley Harper I am instantly drawn towards it.  His designs are so unusual and unique, I absolutely love them.

Sadly Harper died in 2007.  When once asked to describe his art style, he replied, “When I look at a wildlife or nature subject, I don’t see the feathers in the wings, I just count the wings. I see exciting shapes, color combinations, patterns, textures, fascinating behavior and endless possibilities for making interesting pictures…”

To read all about his life and work, and to see more of his amazing illustrations check out this website.

 Loving the back page!

Clare Beaton


The book Elsie and I are loving this week is called ‘I dreamt I was a dinosaur’ by Stella Blackstone and illustrated by Clare Beaton…

Each page is so cute!

Clare uses felt and a collection of vintage buttons, sequins and ribbons to create her lovely hand stitched designs.

Also Elsie enjoys finding the snail hidden on each page!

Gorgeous 🙂

For more info check out Clare’s website here.

Here comes Frankie!


The favourite book in our house this week is ‘Here comes Frankie!’ by Tim Hopgood

‘Frankie and his parents live a quiet life.  But when Frankie decides to learn the trumpet, EVERYTHING begins to change…’

A great read – whilst Elsie appreciates the pets, trumpet, shiny pages and any pictures of food, I appreciate the patterns, textures and beautiful detail on every page…

Frankie’s parents may be a bit dull but they certainly know how to decorate a home…

Love these cute little birds…

The book builds up page by page to a great explosion of colour and fun…

Really lovely 🙂

Two by Two by Barbara Reid


I’ve just stumbled over (literally – Elsie has not quite mastered the art of tidying) another children’s book that I think is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.  We’ve had it ever since my sisters and I were little and I remember thinking WOW, and looking at it now I think WOW WOW.  The plasticine brings the pages to life and they are the kind of pictures that you can just stare at for ages and ages…

The amount of work that she has put in to each page is incredible…


London Art


One of the things I love about London is there there is always something new to spot wherever we go, art and creations are always popping up and then disappearing.  For example the living wall at the National Gallery which used over 8000 plants to recreate Van Gogh’s ‘A Wheatfield, with Cypresses’.

Then if you cut through to Leicester Square you spot this giant line drawing of Piccadilly Circus which is just there to conceal building works.

Love this drawing in the Transport Museum kids play area:

And then there’s these brilliant depictions of East London life, that you will see at many of the train stations along the East London line.