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Spring has Sprung

Can it be true, has Spring finally arrived? The blossom on the trees, the tweeting of birdsong and the inordinate amount of chocolate eggs/lambs/bunnies in the shops all point towards Spring. True, the weather is trying to cause confusion, but we have had the odd sunny day.

Also, the children are off school, so that must mean that Spring is here and that Easter is on the horizon. We have celebrated at Chicken and Frog, with various activities to keep the children entertained.

Our thanks to Bloomsbury for this great little competition:

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Not least of all, because we get to eat the eggs once the competition is over. It’s a tough job, but we’re willing to take it on.

As with every school break, our infamous Lego Challenge made a welcome return. Who wouldn’t want to play with Lego for 2 hours? The children created a whole host of awesome builds. Here are just a few:

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We also spent a day making origami book marks. I don’t think I have ever seen so many googly eyes in one place!

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Even Handwriting received a Spring-treatment, as we used the very beautiful Press Out & Colour Easter Eggs, from Kate McLelland (Nosy Crow):

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And last, but by no means least, our window display is also celebrating the changes of the seasons, with a beautiful flower, bunting and fox, courtesy of Penguin Random House and Britta Teckentrup’s stunning ‘Bee’.*

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*Our thanks go to local beekeepers, Charlie and Helen, for kindly lending us a beekeeping suit, as well as real frames from their hive, with deliciously gooey honey inside!

Watch the window next week, as it is transformed into a glorious celebration of nature and Spring.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Farewell 2015, Hello 2016.

As page 365 of 2015 reaches its final paragraph, we would like to take this opportunity to wish one and all a very happy, healthy and peaceful New Year.

The year ahead promises to be a bookish affair, with the 150th anniversary of The Jungle Book, Harry Potter Book Night, World Book Day, the centenary of Roald Dahl and the launch of a certain Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival. As well as all of that, we will be welcoming authors into the shop and schools, plus helping schools with their book orders, running our tuition centre, Book Club, Creative Writing Club and of course, ringing in the New Year to the sound of Lego.

So, until next year dear readers…may your book collection grow ever more interesting.

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Bits and Bobs

Hello all. At this time of year, with preparations in full swing for Christmas and New Year parties, the shop is looking very festive. A ridiculously over sized Christmas cracker adorns our window,

This is what happens when you don't measure things first...
This is what happens when you don’t measure things first…

and the shop is jam-packed full of glorious books waiting to be bought, wrapped, unwrapped and cherished. If you can’t see what you want, there’s still time for us to order in especially for you. Remember, we can order in books for grown ups too. If it’s in print, we can get it!

As well as the lovely books, the Santa hunt is still on. There are 16 Santas hidden around Brentwood Town Centre, waiting to be found. Forms are available here, French Quarter and The Brentwood Kitchen. Solve the riddle and enter the free prize draw by close of play on Christmas Eve. Here’s our cheeky chappie:

santaOnce the holidays are done and dusted, we’ll be kicking off 2016 with the Lego Challenge and Book Club, followed by Creative Writing Club on Saturday 2nd January. The author of January’s Book Club book will be popping in on Saturday 23rd January – check out the events page for details. And of course, tuition will start up again from Monday 4th January.