Great Events in Human Achievement by Raymond Briggs
Raymond Briggs

Great Events in Human Achievement by Raymond Briggs

Here’s a little curio from Raymond Briggs: ‘The True Account Of Great Events In Human Achievement‘ series, six non fiction titles covering the crowning achievements of some great (and not so great) figures from the 20th Century. In 1968, fresh from winning the Kate Greenaway Medal for the Mother Goose Treasury, Briggs’s editor Richard Hough … Continue reading

Christmas from More About Paddington by Michael Bond
Best Christmas Ever

Christmas from More About Paddington by Michael Bond

Michael Bond’s festive tale from the second volume of Paddington stories sees our Peruvian hero celebrating his first Christmas with the Brown family. This provides plenty of scope for the bear unleash his trademark brand of good natured chaos. Paddington’s Christmas sees him putting up decorations, discovering the joys of festive hats and wallowing in … Continue reading

The White Lands of Raymond Briggs
Advent Calendar / Raymond Briggs

The White Lands of Raymond Briggs

During the 1960s and early 1970s, Raymond Briggs laboured over several books and two massive treasuries containing countless fairy Tales and nursery rhymes, creating one of the most complete visual libraries of Mother Goose and Co. by a single artist. It’s not difficult to see why these often outlandish poems and songs might appeal to someone with Briggs’ … Continue reading

Pancake Day
Festivals

Pancake Day

‘This is Pancake day,’ said the Professor, taking his four pairs of spectacles off, and getting them just as mixed up as he usually got his five pairs. ‘It is a festival that is inclined to die out, because although people like pancakes they won’t trouble to cook them. Too much trouble. Too much mess. … Continue reading

Appy Christmas
Advent Calendar

Appy Christmas

I wrote a few months ago about some of the groundbreaking children's book apps that are taking the whole reading experience in wonderful new directions. A brief visit to the app store over the weekend provided some great new examples for Christmas. There are countless cheapo retellings of A Christmas Carol and The Night Before … Continue reading