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365 Penguins

Each day, a family receives a penguin by post. Funny at the beginning, it becomes soon a bit embarrassing: where to fit them? How to feed them? And what to tell the neighbours who complain about bad smells? But behind the absurdity of the situation, the author Jean-Luc Fromental playfully rationalises: characters count the penguins,…

8 Ways to Draw an Elephant

This fascinating art activity book from Tara Books offers an introduction to Indian art traditions through the exploration of various depictions of elephants. From a photo to realistic rendering, through to stylized versions with different patterns, the book explores eight different folk and tribal styles through the work of eight artists. This unusual approach blends…

A Day With Dogs

A Day with Dogs is a fantastic book that offers an exclusive insight into every little bit of what nine dogs (and a lot of humans) do during their day; be it visiting the doctor, playing in school, shopping at the supermarket or playing musical instruments. Part non-fiction, part fiction, A Day with Dogs is…

A leithéid!

Léirmheas le Niamh Ní Thuama  Is leabhar aoibhinn é “A leithéid”, a scríobh Gillian Lobel agus a d’aistrigh Gabriel Rosenstock.  Is scéal é faoi ‘Caoimhe Corr’, éinín a thagann ar nead lán d’uibheacha.  Is uibheacha iad seo nach bhfuil cosúil le haon cinn atá feicthe aici riamh cheana! Gan rómhoill, tuigeann sí go gcaithfear aire cheart…

A Little Aloud for Children

This volume is an anthology of poems, stories and extracts for children of unspecified age. Everything about the volume is well-intentioned and all royalties are going to the Reader Organisation. There are about seventy pieces in all, arranged under approximately thirty headings designed to attract young readers, from ‘Sailing Away’ in the beginning to ‘Angels’…

A Place to Call Home

The cuddly family of hamsters smiling out at you from the cover of this book have suddenly found that they have grown too big for their safe, cosy hole. Oh, dear! This means they’ll have to go out into the big, bad world and find a new place to live! Their search for a new…

A Rainbow in My Pocket

Poetry from the perspective of a child is not easily written by adults, but in tender tones Ali Seidabadi captures the world in a way which will reflect and inspire the minds of young readers. Whether it is the culturally enriching experience of reading Persian poetry, or the accessibility lent to it by Azita Rassi’s…

A Secret in the Garden

This picturebook is inspired by Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden, and there are references throughout to characters from this well-known classic. The book’s young protagonist, Sophie, is lured into the garden by a robin, while the girl that she discovers sitting in the branches of a tree is called Mary. Once one looks beyond…

ABC & Do

ABC & DO is a book that follows the premise of its title – An alphabet book with things ‘to be done’. We follow a sweet little character, Mouse, through the interactive pages of a fun, colourful and very cleverly thought out ABC. ABC & DO offers a very interesting take on the alphabet book, from its…

ABZZZ…A Bedtime Alphabet

This Bedtime Alphabet was originally published by Planeta Tangerina, a Portuguese publishing house whose aim is to produce books where text and image combine to create a unique outcome. This idea of harmony and balance through interconnection resonates throughout this picturebook. Each letter of the alphabet is represented by a different mediation on the idea…

Adam’s Greatest Inventions

It’s nearly bedtime (once again), but Adam and his friends set off on another adventure before they go to sleep. With so many wonderful inventions surrounding us every day, they jump on board Fluff, their faithful soaring cloud, and travel across space and back in time to discover the greatest invention of all! Is it…

Agatha Parrot and the Mushroom Boy

Agatha Parrot is just trying to watch her favourite TV show, ‘SING, WIGGLE and SHINE’ (the worst talent show ever), when her absolutely evil brother James swipes the remote so he can watch football instead. Of course, there’s a row and the remote goes missing and no one can watch anything. But after a giant…

Ailfí agus an Vaimpír

Leabhar den scoth is ea an leabhar úrnua
seo atá curtha faoin ár mbráid ag Orna Ní Choileáin, scríbhneoir an cnuasaigh gearrscéalta Canary Wharf a foilsíodh i 2009. Bhain mé fíor- shult agus taitneamh as an leabhar corraitheach seo agus mé ag leanúint turais Ailfí agus an vaimpír Marius agus iad ar thóir chónra! Mar
is eol do chách,…

Áille agus Brúid

Léirmheas le Shane Donoghue Finscéal traidisiúnta ón bhFrainc is ea an leabhar seo atá bunaithe den chuid is mó ar Áille agus Brúid. Is leabhar faoi chlúdach crua é ar a bhfuil cuma álainn a tharraingíonn siúl an léitheora, agus ina leagtar amach an scéal ar thaobh amháin agus pictiúir bheoga ar an taobh eile. Sa…

Albert le Blanc

As soon as the white bear Albert Le Blanc (or ‘Al-bear Le Blonk’ as he’s known as in his native France) arrives in Mr Jolly’s toyshop, all the other toys agree that he looks extremely sad and needs cheering up. They plot and plan a performance, hosted by Sally, the self-professed ‘Hippopotamus and Ballerina’. In…

Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse

Nobody likes Alexander the mouse. When people catch sight of him they shriek with disgust, chase him with brooms and try to capture him with mousetraps. All poor little Alexander wants is a few crumbs to eat. One day Alexander meets Willy, a smug little clockwork mouse who is loved and cuddled every single night…

All Aboard for the Bobo Road

Corr’s brightly coloured paintings sing from every page as we climb aboard Big Ali’s minibus and hit the Bobo road. At Lake Tengréla, we encounter dancing flamingos and hungry hippos. In the middle of the forest, the luggage is alive. Huffing and puffing, the bus people disembark carrying watermelons and enormous yams to set up…

All Around the World: Sports and Games

In Cosneau’s original All Around the World, readers were offered 8 panoramas of environments from around the globe and encouraged to complete them using stickers of accompanying animals. In this follow-up, the mega-sized scenes are focused on various sports and games settings, including the adventure playground, the water park, the circus, the sports stadium, the…

All Kinds of Cars

Carl Johanson is a Swedish illustrator who lives and works in Bretagne, France, and this beautiful book was first published in Frenchunder the title Le Catalogue des Voitures. It certainly does resemble a catalogue – the vehicles presented within are broken down into sections of farm vehicles, airport vehicles, emergency vehicles, etc. – but instead…

Alone in the Forest

Alone in the Forest tells the story of Musa, a young boy who ventures into the forest to fetch firewood for his sick mother. In the forest he hears strange noises and decides to hide in the hollow of a tree… Shyam’s illustrations take centre stage and the words are very much secondary to his ornate…

Alphabet

There are no words in this book, apart from the author's introduction to the work which states briefly "The heroes in this book are the letters of the alphabet….". A winner of a special prize at the Bologna Children's Book Fair, this book is a showcase for one of the world's best illustrators of modern times.…

Als Heel de Wereld een Appeltaart was: Rijmpjes en Versjes

The title of the first of these books of Dutch nursery rhymes is the first line of a Dutch version of this familiar rhyme: If all the world were apple pie, And all the sea were ink And all the trees were bread and cheese, What should we have to drink? The Dutch version is…

Am Codlata i Lár na Codlata

Léirmheas le Shauna Brennan Tagann an scéal Am Coldlata i Lár na Coille ó pheann Carole Lexa Schaefer agus ba í Vanessa Cabban a d’aistrigh agus mhaisigh é. Is scéal é seo faoi ainmhithe beaga difriúla sa choill agus faoin méid a bhíonn idir lámha acu in ionad dul a chodladh. Bhainfeadh páistí óga ach go…

Amazing Animal Babies

This publication is born into a world full of books about animals. However, it has a huge advantage over other publications in that it is firmly aimed at very young children. It starts at their level of awareness and brings the reader on an expedition around the world to observe young animals in their habitats.…

Amy’s Three Best Things

When Amy goes to stay with her granny on her own for the first time, she packs everything she will need, including her three best things. On the first night, Amy’s little mat becomes a magic carpet on which she flies home to check on her mother, her baby brother and her dog. The second…

An Artist’s Alphabet

This lavishly illustrated book gives a creative and innovative method of applying links between the letters of the alphabet and the everyday objects that surround us. Messenger’s long history of illustration is evident in the vintage style of illustration. The pages are decorated with a washed pastel tone, in a quintessentially English style. This book…

An Bhó Riabhach

The cover and illustrations in this picturebook for children attract attention immediately. There is one idea on each page, clearly expressed and accompanied by an appropriate colourful picture painted by Seán Seosamh Mac an tSíthigh. The story is an old folktale about the simple life of a cow and how in old age she tried…

An Chailleach agus a Cuid Gruaige

This delightful story book is a modern fairy tale in which a young boy called Éamonn decides to take revenge on an evil witch who lives in a castle at the top of a hill, for kidnapping his friend and chucking him into a deep hole in a barrel. Borrowing motifs from ‘Hansel and Gretel’,…

An Illustrated Treasury of Scottish Folk and Fairy Tales

This is a beautifully illustrated and designed book. Quotations from the text “sweep “over the endpapers. The illustrations, by Kate Leiper, are placed on the pages to enhance the text; there are also delightful, apt illustrations around most of the page numbers. The muted tones of the pictures suit exactly the text. The stories are…

An T-Iasc Ildathach

This is a translation into Irish of the highly popular The Rainbow Fish, which tells the tale of a fish with wondrous, colourful, glittering scales who has no friends because of his vanity. A wise octopus advises him, as a cure for his loneliness, to give away one of his pretty scales to every fish…

An tEolaí Óg: Spraoi le hUisce

Tá an samhradh buailte linn, tá geataí na scoile dúnta agus tá sé ag stealladh báistí taobh amuigh. Tá súile óga ag faire ort go ceistiúil, iad ag rá “Céard a dhéanfaimid anois?” Ná bíodh imní ort, le cabhair an scríbhneora Lisa Burke tá réimse gníomhaíochtaí spraíúil curtha le chéile i bhfoirm An t-eolaí óg:…

Angel Pavement

Anyone familiar with the work of roald Dahl will immediately recognise the illustration style of Quentin Blake. In more recent years Blake has embarked on a career as an author himself and this latest example of his work is quite charming. The central theme of the book is the act of drawing and the story…

Angel Pavement

I am a huge fan of Quentin Blake’s artistry, and Angel Pavement is brilliant. On the surface, Corky and Loopy’s story is a sheer delight to read and to see. But there are many layers and sub-themes in this book that are both political and personal. They are so subtle and ingenious that they find…

Anton and the Battle

With his new title featuring Anton from the award-winning Anton Can Do Magic, Ole Könnecke creates another charming and well-crafted picturebook. Anyone familiar with little boys will recognize the “one-upboyship” pattern of Anton and Luke’s behaviour as they slug it out to prove who is the bravest and best! Ole Könnecke illustrates their competitiveness in a…

Apocalypse Bow Wow

Stay cool dude, the world as we know it is over and everyone has gone to join the choir invisible. All except for two simple-minded dogs. Who will feed and water Brownie and Apollo? In a dog eat dog world it’s time to leave the sofa and find a way to survive.   Presented in…

April the Red Goldfish

April is a red, a very red goldfish with a philosophical fibre and great expectations. Life in the fish bowl, all by herself after the death of her ‘aquaholic’ parents, is definitely not for her. Oscillating between determination and despair, April will need all her courage and cunning to escape her fate and avoid being…

Archie’s War: My Scrapbook of the First World War 1914-1918

Ten-year-old Archie is mad about comics, so when he receives a scrapbook for his tenth birthday he expects to fill it with his favourite reading material. But it’s 1914 and Britain is about to go to war. Archie’s life is quickly turned upside down as he watches first his uncle and then his dad go…

Archie’s Holiday

It is always a pleasure to come across a well-designed book such asArchie’s Holiday. The short-cut landscape format is neat and fits with the activities of Archie, a well-tailored canine (dog seems much too ordinary for Archie), as he prepared for his seaside holiday. Gordon’s lightly sketched pen and watercolour images airily disposed over the…

Are the Dinosaurs Dead, Dad?

This is  a terrific picturebook and one that will be treasured by all dinosaur lovers. I have enjoyed my fair share of dinosaur books over the years and approached this one with a mental challenge to “surprise me” but was instantly delighted with its fresh appeal and mischievous sense of fun. Dave and his dad…

At the Animal Ball

At the Animal Ball is a fun-filled, beautifully illustrated split-page board book where animal characters from all around the world (such as Panda, Lemur, Koala and Chinchilla) come together to enjoy the animal ball in their own costumes and with their own dances, reflecting different world cultures in a very cute and fun way. Written…

Atlas of Oddities

The Atlas of Oddities is a unique compendium of some of the most unusual events, objects and people that make our world such a fascinating place. From the prolific pen of Clive Gifford, author of over 150 books, and inspired by both his own travels and those of his parents who worked for an airline,…

Audrey and Barbara

Audrey announces to Barbara, the cat, that it is time to go on an adventure to India. Barbara, ever the reluctant adventurer, gently points out some fundamental weaknesses in Audrey’s plans. Finally, each difficulty surmounted, the two set off together. Barbara’s practical sense of realism provides a humorous counterbalance to Audrey’s more elevated sense of…

Babar’s Guide to Paris

Jean de Brunhoff produced seven picturebooks featuring Babar the Elephant, his wife Celeste and their family. His son, Laurent, also an artist, continued his father’s work with further Babar titles. The first Babar story appeared in 1931, and whether produced by Jean or Laurent, each has a flavour of that time permeated with a certain…

BANG

BANG by Leo Timmers won The Boekenpauw 2012 award for the best illustrated book in Flanders and no wonder. What a book!  A book with only one word! What a delight for those with reading difficulties and those who have not yet mastered reading skills. This book has so much to offer children from the cradle…

Because of an Acorn

The cycle of nature is beautifully and imaginatively traced from an acorn to a tree, to a forest, and a lot more in between in this attractive information picturebook. The process is shown in clear images with a minimum of words, and readers will find reason to pause at each page and look closely at…

Bee & Me

Alison Jay has a very significant bank of picturebooks to her name. Yet, she is not as well-known as she should be, possibly because most of her books have been collaborations with authors and illustrations of classics, including Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. However, her distinctive visual style will be familiar to many readers in this…

Beegu

‘Beegu was not supposed to be here. She was lost.’ The opening words of Alexis Deacon’s new picturebook are set against a flat landscape rimmed by dark mountains. In front of the mountains what we may assume is a flying saucer lies partially embedded in the ground. To the right foreground lies a yellow figure,…

Belle and Boo and the Yummy Scrummy Day

Sometimes when a book is a spin-off from a popular brand such as Belle and Boo, the story can seem forced and contrived, leading to an unsatisfactory read. Luckily, this charming tale of Belle and her little rabbit is a delightful story in its own right, with a sweet message about how healthy food can…

Bhí Oisín ar Scoil

This book, 20 pages and about 40 different words, has been written for children who have just begun to read Irish. We would expect therefore that the topic would be suitable for children of about 7 years of age. If Irish was their first language they may be younger, or older if Irish was a…

Bicycling To The Moon

Timo Parvela is a teacher and a best-selling author in Finland where many of his books have been adapted for both the big and the small screen. The main characters in Bicycling To The Moon have their own TV show and the author does regular school tours where their adventures are read and discussed. The…

Billy Button, Telegram Boy

It can be difficult for today’s tech-savvy children to imagine a world without smartphones, let alone a time before any telephones or computers. Sally Nicholl’s book does a good job of explaining how telegrams work to a young, modern audience. I’ll admit that reading the story prompted a half hour on YouTube investigating telegraph systems…

Blue & Other Colours with Henri Matisse

This beautiful board book introduces toddlers to colours using 25 vibrant works of art by Henri Matisse. The bold shapes and vibrant colours in Matisse’s cutouts will appeal to young readers, and the works are brilliantly reproduced. Phaidon Press’s reputation for creating high-quality art books is justified. The use of colour in the typography is…

Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears

A prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books, Hilda Offen won the Smarties Prize in 1992 and was shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Book Prize in 2009. Blue Balloons and Rabbit Ears is her first poetry collection. There is a comforting familiarity to Offen’s illustrations, as she has brought to life dozens of well-known…

Blue Penguin

One day in the far south, a blue penguin was born. He felt just like an ordinary penguin. The other penguins said, ‘…you’re not like us’ and they left him on his own.  Blue Penguin’s days were empty and lonely, but his nights were filled with dreams. From those dreams came a song… a song…

Bob Robber and Dancing Jane

Bob Robber is a thief. He steals the soul of things – honey from the bees, scent from the flowers or the truth from a promise. He lives alone in isolation and darkness. Twice he sees Dancing Jane and longs to dance with her. He fashions a heart from his frozen tear and on the…

Bobby Charlton and the Mountain

The plot revolves around the necessity to raise funds for a new football kit for Bobby in time for the queen’s visit to his school. Thanks to a resourceful sister, the kit arrives, but not in the way they anticipated. The story is readable for those at a ‘first chapter book’ level. It has an…

Breaking the Spell: Stories of Magic and Mystery from Scotland

This collection of ten Scottish folklore stories retold by Lari Don is a mixture of well-known tales such as the story of Tam Lin and others that are less familiar. Lari draws on her experiences as a storyteller in schools and libraries around Scotland to bring these tales to life. She is a wonderful storyteller…

Bright Penny

On pocket-money day Pa gives his children Bill, Bob and Penny a challenge: ‘If one of you can fill the barn for a penny, I’ll give you the farm and go sleep in the chicken coop, and that’s a promise!’ So begins this charming and unselfconsciously nostalgic picturebook. Pa greatly underestimates his children, who take…

Bróga Nua

Bróga Nua is a beautiful collection of rhymes and songs aimed at young children. Published by Forbairt Naíonraí Teoranta, it includes a rhyme and song to go with every aspect of life in the naíonra. This book provides ample opportunities to teach important everyday phrases though Irish in a happy and fun learning environment. Whether…

Bruno and the Titch: A Tale of a Boy and His Guinea Pig

Bruno is a little boy who desperately wants his own guinea pig. Titch is a guinea pig who dreams of having a Big Person of his own. The story of how they find each other and the adventures they share is beautifully written and illustrated by Sheena Dempsey. Dempsey renders her pictures in pastels with…

Bruno Dreams of Ice Cream (Zen Tails)

The illustrations are the better part of this book, striking, appealing and very colourful. The story is a strange one, a little unclear and uninspiring both in terms of plot and message. Bruno is a dog who dreams of ice cream – everyone else has ice cream but him, and no one will share. The…

Brush

Animal stories for young readers don’t come much better than this tale of two young mischievous fox cubs learning to take on some of the responsibilities for catching their own food, and helping out generally in the family circle. Author Pierce Feiritéar writes about life in the urban fox den with humour and insight, giving…

Bugs Galore

Bugs in all their many varieties are on show here. Some are mentioned in the rhyming text: spiders, buzzy bees, worms, caterpillars – the sort of bugs that often scare children, and adults too. And lots of other bugs are shown, whether all are real I can’t tell; some certainly look strange, but then, lots…

Captain Jack and the Pirates

There can be little doubt that the most widely popular contemporary poetry is children’s poetry. The most popular examples of this poetry are hidden in plain sight as poetic works; in the form of richly illustrated picturebooks . The likes of The Gruffalo and the rest of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s collaborations must be…

Cara ag Crúibin

This is a story about a young horse’s attempts to befriend another young horse, and as in life, things are not as simple as one would imagine. The story is told from the young male foal, Crúibín’s perspective. Like many young boys, he believes in the direct method of forming friendships, but he must accept…

Cathal Coinín agus Cairde Beaga Eile

Cló Iar-Chonnachta present a tasty collection of stories in the Irish language – a book of stories for readers with accompanying audio CD for those who just like to tune in their ears. The stories feature various child and animal characters like Séimí, Áine, Cathal Coinín and Feilimí Frog, to mention but a few. Barnaí…

Catsup High Detective Agency

Ace detective Malarkey dips his claw into ink and writes out an advertisement for an assistant. The cats of Catsup have been vanishing and he’s going to need some help… help with special powers. The last thing he expects is a kitten. At first, Malarkey is sceptical, but young Sparkie with his new-found electrical abilities…

Chalkey and the New Sports Car

Chalky is an inquisitive and friendly white cat that lives in Granda’s garage. One bright morning he steps out to survey his garden kingdom only to hear the roar of a car engine approach. As soon as Chalky lays eyes on the new sports car it becomes clear that Chalky has a special attraction to…

Chicken Clicking

Andersen books always have a slight edge to them and this one is no exception. Here, Jeanne Willis introduces us to Chick, an adorable hatchling with a penchant for internet shopping and nocturnal break-ins. The narrative is rhyming and humorous, which is bound to cause a stir amongst listeners as Chick gets carried away ordering…

Chickens Can’t See in the Dark

A charming tale from Kristyna about a Chicken and friends as they try to prove, against all odds, by hook or by crook, that Chickens can see in the dark. The story concerns Pippa, a little chicken who learns in school that, unequivocally, Chickens suffer from night blindness. This comes as news to Pippa who…

Christmas for Greta and Gracie

Sisters Greta and Gracie are as different as Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny. As the older, wiser, more worldly bunny, Greta has things all figured out and she’s not afraid to tell Gracie what’s what. But as Greta belittles Gracie’s slowness, quietness and smallness throughout, the younger bunny takes it all in her stride…

Cinderella’s Bum

A big sister is lamenting over the size of her behind, which is allegedly far too big. The little sister, who is far more pragmatic, points out the advantages, and in some cases disadvantages, of having a big or small bottom, using a whole host of familiar characters, both from fantasy and history, to illustrate…

Cinnamon

This story brings us on a journey to a land far, far away to meet Cinnamon, a beautiful, blind and isolated princess who does not speak. After a series of unsuccessful attempts by people engaged by her parents to help Cinnamon talk, a scary yet majestic tiger appears to try his hand in the matter.  This…

Circle

Many readers will know Jeannie Baker’s work through her outstanding picturebooks such as the wordless Window, where page by page the reader follows the changes from a rural to an urban landscape, and Mirror, where links are made between two seemingly disparate world cultures. Her books are concerned with the issues, global and local, social…

Claude on the Slopes

Claude on the Slopes is Alex T Smith’s sixth addition to the Claude series. In keeping with previous tales, the story follows the adventures of the two main characters – Claude the dog and his best friend, Sir Bobblysock, who are here introduced to a new meteorological phenomenon – snow. Both Claude and Sir Bobblysock are dumbstruck…

Climbing Rosa

Shelley Fowles’ lively retelling of a Hungarian folk tale, illustrated in colourful and highly decorative detail, is an immediately engaging read. The somewhat whimsical tale of a young lady called Rosa, who wins the hand of a prince by climbing a humungous tree, has echoes of Cinderella. Evil stepmother and nasty stepsister are present. Rosa,…

Create Your Own Spy Mission

The perfect book for a long journey, young readers will quite literally get drawn into Create Your Own Spy Mission by Irish brothers Andrew and Chris Judge. A fun, interactive story which invites the reader to draw, doodle, decide, fold and tear, this quirky little book is part comic, spy story, quiz and drawing book…

Crocodiles Are the Best Animals of All!

Boastful Croc climbs faster than Mountain Goat, hops higher than Kangaroo and swings with more ease than Orang-utan. But the determined hero of this book, the gawky Donkey, eventually finds something he and his friends do better than this bragging Croc! The quirky simplicity of Sean Taylor’s language and Hannah Shaw’s illustrations make it easy…

Crogaillín

Leabhar mistéireach, samhlaíoch é Crogaillín a chothaíonn atmaisféar draíochtúil ar gach leathanach. Baineann an leabhar leis an ngaol idir Crogaillín agus a mhamaí agus osclaíonn an scéal ar nóta greannmhar le Crogaillín ag ní a chuid fiacla! Tá súil Chrogaillín ar an saol mór timpeall air agus ar na hiontais atá ann. Níl dabht ach…

Cuil Bheag Óg

Sa leabhar seo feicimid an chuil bheag óg ag eitilt thart agus é ag cur isteach ar na hainmhithe móra. Suíonn sé ar shrón na heilifinte, ar chluas an dobhareich agus ar lapa an tíogair. Cé go bhfuil sé beag bídeach níl faitíos ar bith ar an gcuil bheag óg. Tá na hainmhithe móra ag…

Daisy and the Trouble with Burglars

Daisy’s back and she’s in more trouble than ever! When a number of burglaries happen right in Daisy’s very own town, there is a lot of worry and excitement. Two houses on a nearby street have been robbed, not to mention the fish and chip shop. The burglars even got away with a lot of…

Daisy Books

Kes Gray’s new hardback, Yuk! is set in a typeface charmingly called ‘Lemonade’, which aptly sets the tone for this zesty, brightly coloured and bittersweet picturebook with real bite. Daisy is a thoroughly modern miss who does not ‘do’ dresses. So when she’s asked to be bridesmaid at her Auntie Sue’s wedding she is horrified.…

Deadly Detectives: Top Tips To Track Wildlife

Whether we are talking about snow leopards in the Himalayas or foxes making their way through our own back gardens, we all share a fascination with finding out more about the creatures with whom we share the world. Tracking and observing wildlife can be tricky business, however. In this book, linked to the BBC series,…

Demeter and Persephone

An ancient story retold. This book is a version of the story of Persephone’s abduction by Hades and the subsequent search for her by her broken hearted mother Demeter. The language used is very accessible to young readers of all levels yet it conveys the classical roots of the story. The short, direct sentences add…

Diary of a Princess – A Tale from Marco Polo’s Travels

This book is based on an episode in the travels of Marco Polo, when he escorted Princess Kokachin from China to her arranged marriage with the Khan of Persia. The introductory panel makes reference to Polo’s limited description of the event and alerts the reader to the imaginary nature of this particular account. As the…

Diary of a Time Traveller

If you could travel backwards in time, what people, events and places would you most like to see? Such is the challenge given to the reader by this book. This approach cleverly allows Stevenson and Long to escape the straightjacket of the history timeline and avoid the ‘why wasn’t X or Y included’ standard criticism…

Dinosaur Chase!

Well known for his stories featuring the Little Red Train, Benedict Blathwayt has a real eye (and ear) for stories that will engage little boys. Not that girls won’t enjoy this book, but big machines as in the train books, and dinosaurs, as here, are relished by boys in a genre (picturebook) where prettiness sometimes…

Dinosaur Scramble (Downtown Dinosaurs)

Dinosaur Scramble is the latest title in the Downtown Dinosaurs series by author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Arthur Robins. Our hero Darwin, a young stegosaurus, is delighted when his mother lays an egg as he has always wanted a brother or sister to play with. But mayhem ensues when mad Uncle Loops is left in charge…

Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane

The subject matter of Dixie O’Day in the Fast Lane is one that has been a success for years upon years and undoubtedly always will, that is, the great car race! Between near cliff falls, getting stuck on tram lines, break downs and getting lost, there’s excitement from beginning to end. Throughout the seven chapters we meet some…

Dog on Stilts

The publisher of Dog on Stilts, digitalleaf, was established in 2011 with the remit of ‘seeking to establish digital storytelling formats that contribute positively to children’s entertainment and educational needs’. But, as they admit on their website, they couldn’t resist the lure of the printed book. Dog on Stilts neatly underlines the dichotomy between digital…

Donna Wilson’s Creative Creatures: A Step-by-Step Guide to Making Your Own Creations

Meet Donna Wilson’s knitted friends Ralf and Rill, Olive Owl, and all other creatures of this  lovely illustrated story and craft book. The book starts with sewing tips for beginners and step-by-step instructions are offered for each project. All the instructions are easy to follow and the end result is very satisfying. The materials for…

Don’t Eat This Book

This is an activity book with a difference: it is totally crazy. The instructions on one page suggest “Make this runny” – Run paint down this page in different colours. Let it dry. Add more. The following page starts with a warning: "Don’t ever turn to the next page". Of course, I did turn the…

Don’t Spill the Milk!

It is rainy season in the tiny village in Africa where Penda lives with her family, and therefore her father is spending time in the grasslands looking after their sheep. When Penda manages to convince her mother that she is old enough to take him some milk, she takes readers on a journey across the…

Don’t Worry Douglas

Poor little Douglas, the cute brown bear, is in trouble. His new present is in tatters and he does not know what to do. Can his friends help or will he have to go home and face the music? In this charming, heart warming book, filled with loveable characters; Melling approaches children’s worries with wit…

Dragon Loves Penguin

Gliori's new book is a celebration of difference and a heart-warming story about adoption. Much of the visual narrative is played out on a white background – a personal favourite as it allows the reader space to project their own thoughts but also focuses the eye on the characters. The illustrations are hand executed in what looks to be charcoal…

Dragonfly Readers

The Dragonfly Readers provide material for paired reading and language work in senior infants and first class. The Fed-Up Vacuum Cleaner and General Field Mouse are attractive readers, which may also be used in learning support. They contain well-structured plots, each book stating the characters’ dilemma, early on in the story. Through the courage of…

Drat that Cat!

Suzy Cat tests her family’s patience. She’s not cuddly like her close relative, Judith Kerr’s Mog: she’s scrawny, untidy and annoying, she piddles in Dad’s golf bag and she bites Granddad on the ankle. But when she stops eating, the family are distraught. She might even die! I am reminded here of Tony Ross’ earlier…

Éalú ón Zú agus Drámaí Eile

Éiríonn go sármhaith le hÁine Ní Ghlinn samhlaíocht an léitheora a mhúscailt sa chnuasach seo de thrí dhráma nua-aimseartha véarsaíochta, ina sníomhtar le chéile téamaí uilíocha ar nós saoirse agus grá. Pléitear saol an teaghlaigh sa dráma Cúitsí Cúitsí Cú ina bhfeicimid Úna óg mar fheighlí don chéad uair. Insíonn na hainmhithe sa dráma Éalú…

Egg Drop

On the first endpaper of Egg Drop there are approximately 150 unhatched eggs, one of which has eyes. This brilliant but alarming picturebook is unsuitable for fainthearted adults, but it will appeal to that satirical aspect of very young children which draws them with great satisfaction to warning-tales about the inevitable consequences of folly and…

Excuse Me!

Quirky book all about a frog who loved to eat and to burp. And that is about it! The story is very much the expected formula – frog burps, offends townfolk, is banished, realises the error of his ways, comes home in disguise, is discovered, is forgiven, lives happily ever after. And I suppose that…
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