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Clementine Loves Red

This is an interesting book giving us, as it does, an interesting glimpse of rural Poland in Soviet times. At least that might interest adults. Children, I suspect, will be far more enthralled by the fun and mayhem of the story itself. Clementine was first published in 1970 in Poland and this is a translation…

Jack’s Worry

Jack loves to play the trumpet and he is really looking forward to his first big concert. Then, on the morning of the performance, an uninvited guest arrives: WORRY! Despite Jack’s best efforts to hide from it, the worry won’t leave Jack alone. In fact it grows even larger. Finally, Jack is totally overwhelmed and…

Lisín: Ní Banphrionsa Mé

Sa scéal álainn, beoga seo, cuirtear síos ar chailín óg darb ainm Lísín, a bhfuil ina foghlaí mara. Freastalaíonn Lísín ar scoil na bpáistí deasa. Ní thaitníonn gúnaí ná an dath bándearg le Lísín agus tá áiféis uirthi nuair a iarrann Sailí, a múinteoir, uirthi páirt bhanphrionsa a ghlacadh i ndráma bliantúil na scoile agus…

Lucinda Belinda Melinda Mc Cool

Lucinda Belinda Melinda McCool is a terrible creation, a horrible girl, a hateful person in a long line of disgusting characters in children’s literature. I love her. Jeanne Willis and Tony Ross have made a wonderful book in the tradition of Roald Dahl and other irreverent wordsmiths. Lucinda Belinda Melinda is image-obsessed. She is perfectly…

Mise Agus an Dragún

Scéal álainn is ea Mise agus an Dragún ina bhfeicimid na heachtraí samhlaíocha a bhíonn ag béirín beag. Oíche amháin, agus é ag dul a chodladh, labhraíonn sé linn faoin méid a tharlóidh “nuair a bheidh mise mór”! Den chuid is mó, tá na heachtraí seo bunaithe ar na carachtair atá ar a dhuivé agus ar na…

Queen Maebh’s Raging Return to Galway

The latest instalment in Poolbeg’s MAC (Mythical Activity Control) series, sees the legendary queen back in Connacht, trying once more to buy a prize bull. It’s up to Áine and Fionn – two young MAC agents who guard the doors between the Otherworld, where the magical people live, and our world – to bring her back to the Otherworld,…

That’s Not A Hippopotamous

From New Zealand, Juliette MacIver and Sarah Davis are at the top of their game with a new offering from Gecko Press. That’s NOT a HIPPOPOTAMUS tells the story of a class of children and their teacher on a visit to Don’s Safari. The hippopotamus has gone missing and the children notice. A hunt ensues…

The Dressing-Up Dad

Who has not been embarrassed by their parents? The Dressing-Up Dad by Maudie Smith and Paul Howard introduces a dad who loves to dress up. His young son Danny and he dress up as a chicken, a rocket or a pirate and have a great time together. But Danny is getting older, and he starts…

The Wordsmith

The Wordsmith is the first novel from Galway writer Patricia Forde, author is picturebooks including the popular Mise agus an Dragún. Little Island punches above its weight as usual with the post-apocalyptic tale set in the village of Ark after the Melting. Letta is a wordsmith’s apprentice, tasked with transcribing the words and their definitions…

Welcome To My House, A Collection of First Words

This a delightful catalogue of the most common (and some less common) items that you find in a house. You have everything for sitting on, everything that brightens, and everything for cooling down, amongst many other such headings. But it is far more than an illustrated catalogue. It has a mysterious narrator. ‘My name is…
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