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Here’s to 2013!

As this year draws to a close I thought that it was time to reflect a little. This time last year things were very uncertain for us; Mr Frog’s job was looking shaky at best and we had no idea what the future held for us and our wonderful children.

Did Mr Frog find a new job? No, although not for the want of trying. In these tough times it’s not so easy out there. I had already stepped up to working five days a week and although I love my ‘day’ job, it wasn’t exactly ideal. What did we do? We decided to go a bit crazy and start chasing an old dream. After over twenty years of having ‘wouldn’t it be nice’ conversations we started saving like mad and went for it.

It took a while, but at the end of October our dream became a reality when Chicken and Frog Bookshop opened its purple door to the public of Brentwood and beyond. What a busy couple of months it has been for us. Our fantastic children have taken the massive changes in their stride and our parents have been so immensely supportive, we truly couldn’t have taken such a huge leap of faith without them.

What does the New Year have in store for us? Who knows! We have secured a grant from the Brentwood Localism Share Fund, which means that our Family Learning Project will soon benefit local families, our tuition centre continues to grow, children’s parties are booking up, our first creative writing competition is launching…the list goes on.

All that is left to say is a huge thank-you to those who have supported us in the last few months and here’s to an exciting, hugely successful 2013 for everyone.


The independent children's bookshop and tuition centre in the heart of Brentwood, Essex. Owned and run by Mr Frog & Mrs Chicken (happily married book-nerds), with the sole aim of bringing high quality books and tuition to our community.