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A River

A young girl gazes out of her bedroom window, imagining herself journeying down a meandering river. The reader follows her little sailboat through dramatic landscapes, exploring cityscapes, farmlands and wilderness. As the scenes shift, the river also makes numerous transformations, from a languid stream to a cascading waterfall, eventually expanding into a swelling sea. Readers…

An Animal ABC

A gorgeous book that should be on every child’s bookshelf, An Animal ABC is far more than an illustrated alphabet featuring animals. This encyclopaedic book is lavishly illustrated by Pattullo using meticulous screen-prints in glorious colours. The publishers’ note tells us that Pattullo painstakingly hand printed the images on each page. Children will adore the…

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…

Brer Rabbit Retold

In 1880 Joel Chandler Harris, an American folklorist, published Uncle Remus, His Songs and His Sayings; The Folklore of the Old Plantation. The stories, featuring Brer Rabbit and other creatures, had their roots in oral Afro-Caribbean folktales that had been retold and embellished by slaves in southern USA. Flowers, who grew up listening to these…

Clotty Malotty and All Her Friends

This collection of old and new rhymes is the result of a series of workshops conducted over a six-week period. It was compiled, illustrated, edited and designed by children from the Tuesday Reading Club in St Joseph’s Girls’ National School in Finglas West, who were supported by personnel from Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership and Barnardos/TESO…

Finger Print (Monsters and Dragons and 100 Other Adventurous Creatures)

Finger Print is a comprehensive guide on how to make a variety of creatures and monsters through fingerprints. The instructions are clear and there are very readable graphics showing the lines, squiggles or dots needed to complete each character. And these simple lines really transform the fingerprints into an amazingly expressive array of animals and…

Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

I will go out on a limb here, and suggest that it’s not the story, in this case, that requires a review. And so I will move directly on to the product itself. The job of illustrating Harry Potter would be, in equal parts, a dream and a nightmare for most artists. None would turn…

Historopedia

After the outstanding success of their first collaboration, Irelandopedia, the talented father-and-daughter team, Fatti and John Burke are back with another gorgeous hardback. Historopedia charts 10,000 years of the story of Ireland. Beginning with the Middle Stone Age and moving right through to the Sixties, this is an impressive piece of time-travel through years of…

King Baby

Kate Beaton’s latest picturebook is a humourous treatment of the constant attention newborn babies need from their caretakers, told from the point of view of the exalted King Baby himself. King Baby has many demands, offering his adult subjects ‘smiles and laughs and kisses’ as a reward for carrying out his orders (‘FEED ME! BURP…

Natural World: A Visual Compendium of Wonders from Nature

‘Discover why the natural world is worthy of your unending curiosity’ says the Editor’s Note in this gorgeous book, which will certainly satisfy the curiosity of all the family. The large format is packed with information on animals, plants and natural habitats and is beautifully illustrated. The book is organised into 67 Charts, most of…
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