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I’ve only just got used to writing 2019 as the date and yet, half term is already creeping up. The February half term is generally a bit tricky. The weather is soggy at best, causing the January blues to seep into the following month.

Never fear, we are on hand to entertain your children, so that you can have a bit of a breather. If you pop over to our sister site, you can find out about the Mini Fest that’s on from Thursday 21st to Saturday 23rd February. Tickets are available via this snazzy link.

But, before the Mini Fest you have almost a week to fill. we’ve got it covered. As well as our regular Rhythm and Rhyme sessions, and Creative Writing*, there’s all of this:



*Please note that Creative Writing will not be running on the 23rd February, due to an awesome illustation workshop with Wilbur.

And to round the week off, there’s this:

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Book Club – Adults Only!

Last Friday our book club for adults met up to discuss A.F.Harrold’s The Song from Somewhere Else.


What follows is a very brief summary of our bookish chat, minus the tea and biscuits.

The poetic language certainly struck a chord with some members of the group. It’s very clear from this book that Ashley knows how to craft and manipulate language. Levi Pinfold’s illustrations are reminiscent of Jim Kay’s in A Monster Calls. The scratchy lines, blurred edges and dark depths brought Ashley’s words to life, adding a rich layer to the narrative.

The group were split with regards to Frank’s behaviour towards Nick, but all agreed that she and Nick were believable representations of children. Some wanted to know more about how Nick came into the world, and also find out more of Frank’s home life. Why was her mum absent so often?

All in all, we agreed that this novel tackles issues of friendship, bullying and other-worldliness in its own unique style.

On the 18th January we will be discussing this beauty:

And our February title is the latest novel from Karen McCombie:

Until next time, happy reading!

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#giveabook returns

This year’s #giveabook campaign launches on Saturday 3rd November.

It’s a very simple idea. We’re teaming up with Children First Fostering Agency again to get as many books as possible out to children in care. You pick the book, we’ll wrap and deliver it.

Not local? Don’t worry, we can take orders over the phone or via email. Payments can be made to PayPal: (please click on ‘friends and family’).

Let’s make this year’s campaign the biggest and best yet!


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Book Club?

I’ve been inspired by the brilliant author and storyteller extraordinaire, Chitra Soundar, to float an idea your way. Rather than try to word it myself, I’ll just share Chitra’s Tweet, which gets straight to the point:

So, my question is, who’s interested? I’m thinking one evening a month, here at the bookshop. Attendees purchase the book from us, in advance and get a free cup of tea or coffee at each meeting (plus biscuits of course). The first meeting could be an opportunity for us to meet and discuss our current favourite books – anything from picture books to YA, fiction and non-fiction, poetry…

If you’d like to get involved, let me know!

Happy reading,


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Are you Raring2go?

Hello all. Here’s some lovely news to finish our working week – we have been nominated for a Raring2go! Award.

If you would like to show your support, please click on the link. We don’t know which category we have been nominated for, but there are plenty to choose from, so you can support us and your other favourite, children-friendly businesses too!

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Did you hear the one about…

We are welcoming the hilarious Gareth P.Jones to Chicken and Frog, on Saturday 27th October. To celebrate this and Gareth’s new joke book, we are issuing a challenge. You have until Monday 22nd October, to tell us your best joke. The winning jokester will receive a signed copy of this book:


  • The joke must be an original.
  • Include your name, age and contact details.
  • One joke per entrant.
  • You can email or drop in your joke, between now and 17:30 on Monday 22nd October 2018.

Good luck!

(The winner will be invited to meet Gareth at Chicken and Frog on the 27th October).

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‘Tis the Season

No, not that one, although it’s not far off. I’m talking about returning back to school after the long break.

September has arrived! We hope that you have all had a wonderful summer break. Now that the heatwave is over, we can all complain about the slight chill in the air and how awful British weather is. We had a brilliant summer, with loads of workshops, summer, the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival and much more besides, but now it’s back to reality. 
As of this week, the full tuition schedule and our Tuesday Rhythm and Rhyme sessions make a welcome return. Please note the slightly earlier time for Fine Motor & Handwriting on Saturdays, which has shifted back by half an hour, to start at 9:30am.
We are already planning an exciting few months, with more workshops, author events (in store and schools) and of course, the grotto will be back in time for Lighting Up Brentwood. You can keep posted by visiting the events page or liking us on FaceBook.
See you soon!