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Half-Term Books from Chicken and Frog Bookshop

Today we featured the Chicken and Frog Bookshop as it’s half-term and that means the possibility of the youngsters needing something to read – so I paid a visit to Natasha and got to see (and hear) just what they do in the shop (besides sell books!)…

Chicken and Frog Bookshop 3

If you don’t know how the shop got its name, that’s my first question!  We also spoke about how an independent store manages with a couple of larger “high street” stores just down the road, plus how busy they are this half-term and are already looking at activities for Easter.

Half-Term Book Picks
I asked Natasha to pick 3 books for different age-ranges to keep them quiet during this week’s holiday:

  • I Love You, Stick Insect by Chris Naylor-Ballesteros
  • Isadora Moon “Goes to the Fair” – a fairy vampire (yes, really!) by Harriet Muncaster
  • The Eye of the North by Sinead O Hart with “sea monsters, terrible baddies and a fantastic journey”.

Chicken and Frog Half Term Book Choices

Also coming later this year is the Brentwood Children’s Literary Festival which starts on 22nd July and is happening at various places around Brentwood.

My thanks to Natasha (and Jim!) for giving me a tour of their lovely shop in Ongar Road – it’s just off Wilson’s Corner next to the pedestrian crossing. They’re also on Facebook where you can see what activities they’ve been up to and get in touch to take part in forthcoming ones.

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