Category Reviews of vintage books (loft treasures!)

Loft treasure No.7 – utterly awesome Usborne classics

It feels as though it’s been a while since I’ve written about my loft treasures and as there are so very many more books I’d like to share with you, I thought I’d post about some more now. These four Usborne classics are actually all very popular with both C and H and I love […]

Someone else’s loft treasure!

After a recent meeting at the Oxfam bookshop about my storytelling sessions, I allowed myself a quick browse of their children’s bookshelves.  Fifteen minutes later, I was staggering home under the weight of several gorgeous discoveries, one of which was a book that made me literally squeeeeeeeeal with glee. ‘My Book of Country Life’, published […]

Super snowy reads!

It’s snoooooooooooooowing! Despite the fact that, certainly where I live, I don’t think there’s any chance of it settling any time soon, I still couldn’t resist the opportunity to share a few of our favourite snowy reads with you.  I’ll have to be quick though, as I’m already being bombarded by the delighted shrieks of […]

TV tie-in books

I love this picture.  C is ‘reading’ to H (reciting the story from memory, yes, but he recognises a few words, matches the right sections of the story to each picture and does different voices for each character.  To me, that’s absolutely a sort of reading, even though I feel the need to present the […]

Christmas loft treasure no.5 – ‘Christmas’, by Jan Pieńkowski

I’m not enough of a wordsmith to describe just how elated I was when I discovered this book – the last festive loft treasure I’m sharing this week – among the boxes in Dad’s loft.  This book, beyond all the others I owned, epitomised Christmas for me (dare I say it, even more so than […]

Christmas loft treasure no.4 – ‘Mog’s Christmas’, by Judith Kerr

This gorgeous book was among my own loft treasures, but I know Judith Kerr’s delightful protagonist will be familiar to people of many different ages as well. This particular adventure of Mog’s details how she feels about the Thomas family’s Christmas preparations (to sum up: not a fan) but this is nothing compared with how […]

Christmas loft treasure no.3 – ‘The Friendly Beasts: an old English Christmas Carol’, by Tomie dePaola

This book is based on an old English carol, the sheet music for which can be found at the back of the book: It is one of the very few of my loft treasures where I can say that I don’t actually remember the story (or in this case, lyrics) at all.  I vividly remember […]