Friday, April 20, 2012

Library loot - a ripping good holiday book

'We must do something,' said Alice. 
'Yes - but what shall we do?' said Dicky...
'Let's read all the books again, we shall get lots of ideas out of them. '
The Story of the Treasure Seekers - E. Nesbit (taken from the blurb on the back of Ripping Things to Do)

My most exciting score from the library this week (just in time for the autumn holidays) had to be Ripping Things to Do - The best games and ideas from children's books by Jane Brocket.

Jane Brocket's blog Yarnstorm was one of the very first blogs I read, a few years ago now. I tracked down her book The Gentle Art of Domesticity by interloan, mostly because I was madly in love with the title. Doesn't it just make you want to get up and bake a beautiful cake here and now?!

Ripping Things to Do is three things (probably many more if I got counting - like, the cover is adorable, for starters):
1. a walk down memory lane - it revisits classic childhood books, oh so many of them
2. a compendium of awesome holiday activities
3. sooo darn cute!

I think you and any children you have in your life will love it.

x Library Girl

Library Loot is a weekly event co-hosted by Claire from The Captive Reader and Marg from The Adventures of an Intrepid Reader that encourages bloggers to share the books they’ve checked out from the library.


  1. I've read Turkish Delight and Treasure Hunts, which is a compilation of this and Cherry Cake and Ginger Beer edited for the North American market. It is charmingly nostalgic and the illustrations are delightful. I would love to be able to read both books in their original forms to see what bits were edited out (the idea being that some of the children's books she mentions were a touch obscure for the American audience - and Canadians got lumped in under that assumption as well). Enjoy!

  2. I definitely have to pick up Ripping Things with summer coming along. I can always use more ideas for things to do.


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