So, how do you exactly review a children’s book when you’re 33?
I think I’ve found the answer: Get a little person involved.
My daughter Isobel is just shy of two now and has loved books since a very early age (she had little choice in the matter as it happens, there are plenty of relatives itching for an excuse to buy children’s books).
But amid the old favourites – Mog, for example, and the Hungry Caterpillar, not to mention pretty much anything by Julia Donaldson – and the newer offerings from Johnny-come-latelys like Peppa Pig, Albert the Pug is a very popular one.
Ok, so this idea may be a) rubbish, b) pretentious, c) pointless or d) a, b and c combined.
But over Christmas, I spotted a whole deluge of Tweets, articles, Facebook statuses and so on from journalists – or their friends – talking about books they’d published.
Now, we’ve all worked in newsrooms where journalists have felt they’ve got a book in them. The problem, in the past, was that to get the book published was often quite tricky – particularly if doing it around a job in a newsroom.
There’s been a lot of conversation this year about entrepreneurial journalism – basically how to make money from the trade without relying on just one employer.
And here’s an example of that. Journalist Garry Cook – for whom photography is one string to his bow – has launched a range of documentary Christmas cards.
For anyone who is fed up of robin on a postbox Christmas cards, then these are probably for you.