Under the ocean – Pop-up book

This gorgeous Pop-up book lives in the highest shelf of the bookcase in the kids room so my 2 year-old one doesn’t get his hands on it. I couldn’t see it broken, it is precious.

Under the ocean, by Anouck Boisrobert and Louis Rigaud is a wonderful, stunning pop-up book. The images says it all. Every page is a little world to discover. I’m very jealous that I’m not the designer of this book. The dream, to do a book like this one.

I bought it on the Tate Britain which it is WAY cheaper than Amazon. Check the price difference in those websites! Worthy the money though! A very very special present for the kids (or for you!)

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Oliver Jeffers Exhibition

We spent the day at the Discover Children Centre in Stratford. The place is fantastic, it has a lot of inside and outside activities for the little one (under 6). We’ve never been there and the kids had a lot of fun. We went to the Story time session and all the room was beautifully decorated. After that in the main floor, there were lots of hand-on activities. The best part, there was an Oliver Jeffers Exhibition. It is on until September.

You have to buy ticekts, but its only £16 the family of 4, and I can’t recommend it more. They recreated all the scenes from “Lost and Found” and “How to catch a star” in kids size. The kids can dress up as “the boy” and have an adventure. It is lovely. I can’t believe I haven’t heard of it before.

I strongly recommend you to go at 11 am, when it opens, and take the tickets there on the desk if you haven’t book them before to avoid disappointment. And it seems that Sundays are quieter than Saturdays.  GO GO don’t miss it.

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The heart and the bottle

Yesterday my 5 year-old son came home from school with a lot of questions about a very difficult subject. A girl from his class lost his sister and they talked about death at school. He was very concerned (and so was I) as this is the first time that the subject comes along. We talked very seriously and I think he understood the importance of the subject.

After dinner we read this book, The heart and the bottle by Oliver Jeffers. Perfect for cases like this one.

The story is about this little girl who lost his grandfather and she turned herself into grief. She put her heart into a bottle to protect it from anything else. What I love from this book it that, without a fuss, Jeffers conveys huge emotions trough his stories. He already talked about loss in his other books and how to gently overcome it with the help of friends. It is a nice, moving story and, as always, the illustrations are fantastic.

I was glad we had this book at home.

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Horniman Museum

I’m sure you had, as me, a very long half-term holidays if you live in London. The problem is in winter when you need a lot of indoor activities. And everything is so expensive in London. So we need cheap alternatives. I found this Museum that I didn’t even know it existed until yesterday.

Horseman Museum is in Forest Hill, London. It is free and it has really nice galleries to go with the children. You can discover animals, musical instruments, lots of ethnographic objects at the Africa Gallery and it has a little aquarium as well, but you need a ticket for that. My favourite was the Centenary Gallery.

As well, you can download a free App in the App Store and entertain the kids, looking for objects through all the galleries in this game. My 5 year-old loved that and kept him entertained for an hour!

Super recommended place to go with little ones.

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Wild by Emily Hughes

A couple of days ago, it was the birthday of my little son. For me, having a child like him was a SHOCK. Son N1 was an angel, the perfect child.
This one is something else, he breaks everything he touches, he always finds a different use for things, he screams, tantrums for 30 minutes, we are always living in A& E, he never agrees with what I say, and he is only 2 and driving me crazy.

So when I heard about this book, I thought it was perfect for him. It is called WILD.

The story goes that this feral girl was raised in the jungle by animals and then some humans tried to take her to the civilisation. It didn’t go very well. The story is a wonderful, heart warming one, specially if you love animals.

But I want to put special attention to the illustrations, they are marvellous. Emily Hughes’s scenes depict some very sweet moments between the animals and the girl. You can buy it from the Flying Eye website.

We read this book again and again with my 2 sons and we love it. I treasure it and I keep it safe from the wild creature in my house, and to be honest (shh don’t tell him) I bought more for me that for him.

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Mini Scientist In the Garden

Lisa Burke’s book is a very good way to keep the kids entertained and learning at the same time, if you have a garden. Maybe not great for winter, but it’s only 2 months to Spring! YEAY!!!!

It features great experiments with seeds, compost, rain, paper. It combines crafts with gardening. Ideal for the little ones that like the outdoor life.
I would say is for 4 years-old onwards.

You can find it in here

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The day the crayons quit

Of course it was Christmas and I have many many new books to recommend, these kids are so lucky, they had a lot of new books as presents.

The one we read yesterday was “The day the crayons quit” which is a very original story.
The crayons don’t want to work anymore so they each wrote a complain letter to their owner Duncan. It is brilliant, extremely funny story by Drew Daywalt.

Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers, the creator of Lost and Found.

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Christmas experiments

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Ronai David, Damien Mortini and Aurelien Gantier put together Christmas Experiments, a digital advent calendar that reveals a new web-based treat every day throughout December. Each one is the product of a different developer.

My favourite is Finding Home by Michael Anthony, which features a little ball of light that travels into amazing landscapes that change colours and time, going through mountains and space and then into a galaxy, it is pretty awesome!

Check them all here:
Christmas Experiments

via It’s Nice That.

Little Big Worlds, an amazing illustration project

I want to tell you about an amazing illustrator who is doing an awesome project called Pequeños Grandes Mundos (Little Big Worlds). His name is Ivanke, and he is Argentinian. I came across his work via Facebook because he is a friend of a friend. He is travelling all over Latin American, staying in tiny little villages, helping kids to draw, and running workshops for free. His paying for all these projects himself and has already been to Argentina, Bolivia, Perú, Ecuador, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico y Cuba.

There is one simple goal: to create art with children from cities all around the world, reaching boys and girls from different communities in every continent.

550 days, 50 countries drawing with kids. He spent 230 in Latin America and the next stop is Asia. You can see a film about this project here with subtitles.

How can you help? Well, you can buy his illustrations that help to subsidise the last bit of his trip in Asia here or in his online shop where you can buy beautiful framed illustrations. Christmas is coming and you will be a supporting a wonderful project!