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This minimalist board book introduces us to ‘Oliver’ the egg. Oliver appears to be limited by the possibilities of life as an egg. He can roll from side to side and stand on his head, but that is about it. Yet, by the end of the book, Oliver has transformed into a little yellow chick,…

A Bit Lost

This first book from Irish illustrator Chris Haughton has already gathered much attention, most notably a gold medal at the Association of Illustrators Awards 2010. It is both striking in style and brilliantly executed. Haughton takes a very simple story of baby owl who has fallen out of the nest and injects pace and humour…

A New Green Day

A New Green Day is a poem to the wonder of nature. Beginning with the first warming flush of morning light, it leads us through a day and night of not just seeing, but experiencing for ourselves, the joy of connecting with nature. ‘I’m a comma in the long, long sentence of the stream. Someday…

A Polar Bear in the Snow

This simple story of a polar bear waking up and going for a swim is anything but simple! Mac Barnett and Shawn Harris have created a starkly beautiful and clever book that will have you eagerly turning the pages to see the magical artwork. The illustrations really steal the show in this book, created with…

A Thank You Walk

This sweet little book follows a mother and her toddler as they take a walk together. They stroll hand in hand, passing creatures of all shapes and sizes. The characters pause to feed or help the animals and insects that they pass. The birds say ‘chirp-chirp-chirp’ and the pony ‘neigh-neigh-neighs’ with gratitude; this is the…

An Fathach is Breátha sa Tír

An Fathach Is Breátha sa Tír – ar léigh tú i gceart é? Nach créatúr déitsineach scanrúil é an fathach? Nuair a bhuailtear le Seoirse, an fathach breátha, ag tús an scéil, tá sé gléasta in éadach gioblach. Ceannaíonn sé culaith nua agus tá cuma an-snasta anois air. Ní fhada a bhfuil an cruth galánta…

Babaí Cathal: Lá Nua!

Leabhar flapaí lán go béal le maisithe áille le Kary atá sa saothar seo Babaí Cathal: Lá Nua! scríofa ag Anne Paradis agus aistrithe go Gaeilge ag an scríbhneoir mór le rá Tadhg Mac Dhonnagháin.  Cuirtear síos ar imeachtaí na maidine a bhíonn ag Cathal, buachaill óg, a réitíonn é féin don lá amach roimhe.…

Cathal – Am Dul A Luí!

Is leabhar álainn é seo, le scéal deas simplí. Tá buachaill beag darb ainm Cathal á ullmhú féin le dul a chodladh agus tá cúpla rud le haimsiú aige sa seomra folctha agus sa seomra leapa, sula socraíonn sé sa leaba. Tá pictiúir áille, geala ar gach uile leathanach sa leabhar. Tarraingíonn siad aird an…

Codladh Sámh, a Choinín Beag!

Is sraith álainn iad na leabhair seo faoi choinín gleoite chun tús a chur le scéalaíocht le leanaí an-óg. Nuair nach bhfuil léamh ná caint ag páiste go fóill, bíonn dúshlán ann don té atá ag léamh dóibh chun a n-aird a choimeád ar an leabhar. Bíonn an léitheoir fásta ar a dhícheall go minic…

Denver

McKee’s latest picturebook tells us all about Denver, who is ‘very, very rich’. ‘To the manor born’, Denver lives a life of prestige, power and privilege. He employs local villagers in a variety of areas: gardener, cook, cleaner, chauffer. He is a benefactor of the school, and contributes to the village community life – even…

Doctor Monkey: An Astonishing Story of Wheezes and Sneezes

Doctor Monkey is the first in the series of Monkey and Robot books written and illustrated by husband and wife team, Felix Hayes and Hannah Broadway. Monkey and Robot are two lovingly created characters, mischievous and wise, full of life and fun. Any young reader will identify with the story of Monkey, who thoroughly enjoys his…

Dog Loves Books

My dad worked in a library. A favourite treat was to be allowed to enter the ‘back store’, where the smell of books was intoxicating.Dog Loves Books feels as though Louise Yates knew the ‘small me’. Just like Dog, I loved everything about books. But Dog took his passion further – he opened a bookshop.…

Ella Moves House

Hassall’s charming story will appeal to those who have just started reading, and is also ideal for reading together. It concerns a little girl, Ella, who lives in a flat with her mother, which is just big enough for them both. The introduction of Joe, mum’s new boyfriend, fills Ella with resentment. His negative impact…

Gaspard Best In Show

In a welcome sequel to the delightful Gaspard the Fox, the eponymous urban fox and his friends are back in this enchanting picturebook by Zeb Soanes and James Mayhew. Mayhew’s illustrations have a whimsical, old-fashioned feel, reminiscent of Kathleen Hale’s lithographs for the Orlando series of the 1960s, yet they are entirely fresh and engaging.…

Gugalaí Gug! Eagrán Céiliúrtha 10 Mbliana

Ó céadeisíodh Gugalaí Gug sa bhliain 2005, tá páistí na tíre ag spalpadh rannta Gaeilge agus ag dul i dtaithí ar rithim agus cheol na Gaeilge. Os cionn deich mbliana ina dhiaidh sin, agus eagrán nua den chnuasach curtha ar fáil do pháistí an 21ú haois, níor maolaíodh ar an gcíocras cainte agus canta. Díríonn…

I Can’t Sleep

I Can’t Sleep addresses the age-old problem of insomnia. Children whose eyes are closing at the dinner table are suddenly wide awake as their head hits the pillow. This book follows the journey of one little girl who tosses and turns and wriggles and rolls as she struggles to fall asleep. She decides to use…

It’s a Dog’s Life

This story is one day in the life of a sheepdog, from the dog’s viewpoint. Russ is very much a working dog, living on a small farm with sheep and cows. A traditional stone farmhouse – it could be Mayo or it could be Cornwall – with green fields and stone walls. Russ is one…

Kites

When David moved to Fivehills, the first thing he noticed was the sky filled with kites; beautiful, fun kites of all shapes and sizes dancing in the air. Everyone had a kite… except David. His old toys didn’t seem to fit. To make new friends, David would need a kite. Then David found Grandpa’s feather,…

Let’s All Creep Through Crocodile Creek

Mouse, Rabbit, and Shelly the tortoise are heading home when Mouse suggests they take a shortcut through the creepy, crooked creek to get home before dark. Rabbit nervously asks ‘Isn’t that where the crocodiles live?’ but Mouse is confident that he has never seen a crocodile here. The three friends set off on their journey…

Meg Goes to Bed

The sixteenth book in the Meg and Mog series, and the first new book in four years, Meg Goes to Bed follows the adventures of witch Meg, her pet cat Mog and their companion Owl on a typical evening. Meg attempts to cook up a spaghetti supper for her hungry friends, but her plans unfortunately…

On Sleepy Hill

On Sleepy Hill, it’s time to say goodnight. All the baby animals are returning to their homes to settle down for the night. Fox cubs, ducklings, geese and caribou are all being rounded up by their parents to settle in burrows, nests and hollows. Tumbling, bobbing and swooping, the little ones are determined to get…

Rita Agua An Dragún

An rud ba mhó ar mhaith le Rita ná dragún mar chara agus mar chomrádaí saoil aici. Éiríonn sí feargach ó am go chéile agus tá a fhios aici gurb amhlaidh an scéal a bheadh ag dragún agus go dtuigfeadh an dragún a cuid feirge. Is scéal é seo ina samhlaíonn príomhcharachtar an scéil, cailín…

Silly Baby

The arrival of a new baby into the family is a common theme andSilly Baby, like many of its predecessors, views this momentous occasion from the perspective of an older sibling. The cover, which features a perplexed young girl peering into a bassinet, underlines the confusion of those first days, while the internal illustrations, all…

Snow Ghost

‘Snow Ghost came shimmering out of the air, searching for somewhere to settle – but where?‘ Snow Ghost is looking for a place that feels like home. She travels over chilly hills, unwelcoming towns and dense forests until she finds a cosy country farm to settle in. The story of hope and a search for…

Some Dinosaurs Are Small

Some dinosaurs are small with tiny teeth for eating fruits and vegetables. Some dinosaurs are big with huge, pointy teeth. And they are always hungry. They take food from small dinosaurs and when they finish eating it, they are still hungry. They go looking for more to eat.  Watch out, small dinosaur! Some dinosaurs are…

Spuds and the Crock of Gold

On such a beautiful day, what could go wrong? Well … for Spuds Potsofgold, two things. As Spuds makes his way back to Toadstool Cottage to polish his crock of gold, the sun is so warm and shiny, he thinks he’ll sit down for a little rest. Before he realises, Spuds is snoring away. When…

Sticky

Panda has found himself in a very sticky situation. He wants to wrap Owl’s birthday present, but the roll of sticky tape he is using is … particularly sticky! Deer, Rabbit and Mouse come to help him, but things only get stickier and stickier. Some other animals also come along to help sort this sticky…

Stripy Horse: Time for Bed

Stripy Horse: Time for Bed Stripy Horse: Just for You! Stripy Horse: Touch and Feel Animal Friends   Three new board books have been added to the Stripy Horse library. Square and sturdy, as board books should be, these are gentle books for babies and toddlers. The best of them is certainlyTime for Bed, which…

Taxi Ride with Victor

Victor has always dreamed of becoming the galaxy’s greatest taxi driver, but unfortunately his sense of direction isn’t always up to scratch. Left turn, right turn, go straight ahead – it doesn’t seem to matter. A ride in Victor’s taxi is definitely an adventure, resulting in unpredictable destinations for all his passengers, and ultimately himself.…

The Beasties

Daisy has just moved to a new home and is having trouble sleeping at night. Thankfully, she is visited by the Beasties each night who tell her a story to send her to the Land of Nod. Millward’s use of perspective is clever and the reader’s initial introduction to the Beasties presents scary monsters, thanks…

The Children of Lir

Many of us know The Children of Lir as a haunting tale of the Irish folklore tradition. Stepmothers fervently stash old copies from their newly conferred brood. Laura Ruth Maher’s re-telling of the famous legend, illustrated in watercolour by Conor Busuttil, however, is a gentle edition of the tale that cushions some of the story’s…

The Dead Zoo

Mr. Gray was a very serious man. He wore a serious suit, a perfectly straight tie and kept his moustache perfectly combed. He had an important bunch of keys on his hip at all times. And he doesn’t really like people. Mr. Gray owned an old museum filled with a strange collection of stuffed animals.…

The Fly

I have to admit what I love mostly about this book is the strikingly beautiful and well-designed cover. Type and colour occupy most of it, with a frightened little fly peeping out at the bottom. The bold clear print on interior pages, is a great plus for preschoolers. Overall I liked this book’s simple, witty…

The Lonely Beast

It is tempting to read the debut children’s book by Irish illustrator Chris Judge as a response to the modern technological trappings of easy friendship; its Facebook-like opening map, the lack of impinging computer hardware would instantly resolve the book’s premise in two panels. Fortunately The Lonely Beast is instead a simple, playful visual narrative…

The Miracle of Hanukkah

The Miracle of Hanukkah traces the origins of this religious festival over two thousand years to the present day. Children are introduced to the origins of the story with similarities to Greek mythology where the traditions of Hanukkah are rooted in the campaign of Greek King Antiochus and his quest for power. When the Jewish…

The Snowflake

Award-winning author illustrator Benji Davis has created yet another beautiful picturebook in The Snowflake. A little snowflake who isn’t so sure of how to fall is gently dropped from a kindly cloud with words of encouragement that everything will be alright, and they will eventually find the perfect place to land. Meanwhile, little Noelle and…

The Usborne Book of Night Time

The Usborne Book of Night Time is a wonderfully detailed picturebook with magical illustrations by Bonnie Pang. Interesting facts and witty speech bubbles are written by Laura Cowan. Each double-page spread visually describes a different place that is ‘awake’ at night time: factories, transport depots and ports that are as busy at night as during…

There’s Going to be a Baby

This new title from the picturebook dream team John Burningham and Helen Oxenbury doesn’t disappoint. An enchanting tale about the arrival of a new baby, it deals with some of the familiar worries and concerns an older brother has before his new sibling is born – ‘When is the baby going to come?’, ‘What will…

This is Gus

The book’s dedication reads ‘For Vinaya, thank you for putting up with me on my Gus days’. Gus is a grumpy dog; he ‘doesn’t like much of anything’. In fact, the only thing this old crank seems to want is a big plate of sausages. We all have days like Gus. Gus isn’t the only…

To the Island

According to legend, and early maps too, Hy Brasil is an island that appears off the coast of Galway once every seven years. In this spellbinding picturebook, Patricia Forde and Nicola Bernadelli resurrect the island for us to visit at leisure. Fia longs to visit the magical island. One moonlit night she creeps down the…

Up and Down

Up and Down tells of the further adventures of Jeffers’ unnamed boy protagonist and his friend, the penguin, whom readers first met inLost and Found. In this ‘sequel’, the boy and the penguin work together to solve a problem: how to help the penguin fly. While the interrelationship between the verbal and visual texts enchantingly…

What the Ladybird Heard at the Seaside

Julia Donaldson’s indomitable ladybird pays a visit to the seaside in this charming picturebook. And who do you think she sees there, planning yet another criminal endeavour? None other than her old adversaries Hefty Hugh and Lanky Len! This time the dreadful duo have designs on the mermaid’s beautiful hair. Once again (and luckily for…

When Titus Took the Train

Some familiar picture-book conventions are employed in a narrative showing and telling Titus’s imagined exploits on his first solo train journey to visit his uncle who lived ‘very far away’. But the use of such devices to enhance the reader’s understanding of the narrative is part of a problem with this book; it is as…

While We Can’t Hug

Best friends, Hedgehog and Tortoise, are sad. They miss being able to give each other a great big hug. Owl tells them you can show someone you love them in many other ways. Firstly, Hedgehog waves to Tortoise, resulting in a smile from Tortoise. Then, Tortoise pulls a funny face which causes Hedgehog to laugh.…

Why the Moon Travels

In the introduction Oein DeBhairduin describes the heart of the Traveller community as ‘a bonfire of remembrance and connection’. I can think of no more eloquent or fitting phrase with which to introduce this, the first collection of folk tales about Travellers written and illustrated by Travellers. Here are the bones of the work: twenty…

Will You Be My Friend?

Twenty-six years after Guess How Much I Love You, Sam McBratney and Anita Jeram are back with this heart-warming sequel, Will You Be My Friend? Little Nutbrown Hare is eager to play, but Big Nutbrown Hare is a bit too busy – as parents sometimes are. Little Nutbrown Hare asks if he can wander off…

Zog

In Madam Dragon’s school, the curriculum is tough: Flying in Year One, Roaring in Year Two, Blowing Fire in Year Three, and so on. Zog is adamant he will get a golden star before he’s finished, but all his efforts only earn him bumps and bruises. Fortunately, a young girl always arrives at the scene…

Zog

Sa scéilín álainn seo tá Zog an dragún ag obair go dícheallach ar scoil chun réalta óir a fháil. Bainfidh páistí taitneamh as an sár iarracht a dhéanann Zog chun a bheith an buachaill is fearr ar scoil agus é ag foghlaim conas béiceadh i gceart agus conas tine a shéideadh. Buaileann Zog le cailín…

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