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Is fear óg míchiallmhar é Conchúr a bhfuil dúil ró-mhór aige in airgead agus rudaí luachmhara an tsaoil seo. Oíche amháin agus é istigh sa chasaíne ag imirt cartaí bhí carn airgead arbh fhiú daichead míle euro i lár an bhoird. Bhí lámh cartaí maith ag Conchúr ach ní raibh aon airgead aige. Ceithre mhíle…

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…

An Tolg Draíochta

Tá an teaghlach sa scéal seo tar éis tolg nua a fháil. Nuair a thosaíonn an cailín óg sa chlann ag cuardach ar a chúl is iomaí rud éagsúla a fhaigheann sí i bhfolach ann. Is léir go raibh an tolg seo ag duine éigin eile cheana ach cé a bhí ann? Banphrionsa álainn? Sárlaoch…

Bink & Gollie

Move over Olivia, there’s some new girls in town. Precocious and witty, our heroines scramble off on three separate adventures. They trek to the Andes, they negotiate the effect of pets on friendship, they model stripy socks! Gollie is tall, prim and more than a little proper. Bink is a helter-skelter fun magnet, you would…

Cá Bhfuil Ruairí?

Scríobhadh an scéal seo in ómós do Fhlann Ó Riain, cruthaigheoir na cartúin Dáithí Lacha breis is daichead bliain ó shin. Tá cosúlacht idir an scéilín seo agus ceann de eachtraí Dháithí Lacha agus tá rian de Dháithí ar Ruairí chomh maith. D’imir Máirtín cleas ar Ruairí fhad is a bhí siad ag imirt peile.…

Cartoon Kid

Durrr! Sploop! KLUNKK! On the first day of school Mr Butternut tells his pupils that they are secret superheroes and that if they believe in themselves they can do ANYTHING. When trouble strikes, Casper and his best friend Pete take on Masher and the Monster Mob. With people called Ethel Snufflebottom, Hartly Tartly-Green (aka Snotbox),…

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…

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species

Sabina Radeva, who wrote and illustrated this beautiful book, set herself quite a task on explaining Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution to children. She knows her science though – she’s a molecular biologist who was determined to mix science and art to make Darwin’s theory accessible for youngsters. She’s succeeded admirably by breaking it down…

Claude in the City

Claude is a very chic, urbanite dog who, along with his faithful companion Sir Bobblysock, takes on the big city. While his owners Mr and Mrs Shineyshoes are out at work, Claude and Sir Bobblysock take to the streets, once Claude has donned his trusty beret. From foiling an art heist to curing a mysterious…

Clic! Clic! le Ruairí

Tá Ruairí i gcionn a chuid cleasaí arís. Téann sé amach ag tógaint pictiúir le ceamara a Mhamaí agus is iad na pictiúir seo a chruthaíonn an scéal. In uair an chloig amháin tógann sé aon phictiúr déag de rudaí creaicáilte. A bhróga féin, fear an phoist thuas sa chrann, Bean de Brún ag sodar…

Clover Twig and the Perilous Path

Meet, once again, Clover Twig, housekeeper for Mrs Eckles, a somewhat grumpy and unpredictable witch. In her second adventure while in the employ of Mrs Eckles, we journey with Clover as she deals with the malevolent nature of some of the characters that she comes into contact with. Clover is warned that the Perilous Path…

Fantastic Frankie and the Brain-Drain Machine

In a scenario reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the unfortunate Frankie Blewitt is the son of mean and nasty parents, who burn his toys and lock him in his room. In contrast to Matilda though, Frankie makes his parents despair because he is not intellectual enough. Their solution is to send him off to Crammar…

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.…

Gift and the Irish Builders

One of the many positive aspects of the emergence of Irish multiculturalism is the publication of quality books for the young reflecting an expanding sympathy and interest in societies and peoples whose origins lie way beyond our own shores.  One thinks of such works as Pat Boran’s All the Way from China, Peter Prendergast’s The Romanian Builder…

Good Little Wolf

Straightaway readers will sense that there is a bit more going on inGood Little Wolf than meets the eye. Where’s the copyright information? And the dedication? They should be at the front, shouldn’t they? And hang on – why does South Park come to mind as we look at the innocent characters waiting for Mrs…

Hansel and Gretel

This retelling of a very familiar story by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Chichester Clark is sure to entice readers who do not already know the tale, and for those that do, they will pause afresh to enjoy Morpurgo’s narrative embellishments of this quite lengthy version – and Clark’s arresting illustrations. Stylistically, German folk-art influences the…

Hide And Seek City

Hide and Seek City is the sophomore book from this French duo and carries along in a similar vein to their last endeavour, The Great Journey. It is everything we have come to expect from a Tate publication: that is to say, it is unexpected. The familiar lift-the-flap format is put into a tailspin by…

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…

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,…

Ladder to the Moon

Ladder to the Moonevokes the qualities of a ‘comfort blanket’ in a familiar enveloping hug. Yuyi Morales’ illustrations convey the tactile security of a solid, warm lap and strong embracing arms. Containing subtle intercultural references, the text is fluid and graceful. The brush-strokes provide a dreamlike texture with colours that are comforting and calming. The…

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…

Lúlú agus an Oíche Ghlórach

Scéal álainn is ea “Lúlú agus an Oíche Ghlórach” faoi mhoncaí beag neirbhíseach dárbh ainm Lúlú a bhfuil deacracht aici dul a chodladh istoíche. Nuair atá na moncaithe eile go léir ina gcodladh, eitlíonn Lúlú os cionn na gcrann le cabhair ulchabháin ildaite dárbh ainm Jeaicí. Lorgaíonn an dá ainmhí óg cúis na nglórtha atá…

Magical Mischief

Playful magic, in the form of noxious smells, custard stairs, flying birds and unarranged books, has settled into Mr Hardbattle’s bookshop. Customers no longer come in except Arthur and Miss Quint. Mr Hardbattle sets out to find a new home for the magic – somewhere dark and dusty. He leaves Miss Quint in charge –…

Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School

Irish-born author/illustrator David Mackintosh’s debut picture book,Marshall Armstrong is New to Our School is a tour de force of originality and good design, with a strong, universal story about a boy who is proud to be different. Marshall Armstrong is different in every way. The young narrator explains why: ‘His freckles look like birdseed on…

Me and Mrs Moon

Me and Mrs Moon by Helen Bate is a graphic novel whose primary aim is to reach out to children with a friend or loved one suffering from dementia. Maisie and Dylan’s elderly neighbour Mrs Moon may as well be a second grandmother to them. So much so that they even call her Granny Moon.…

Molly Rogers to the Rescue

German author Cornelia Funke is back with another adventure from the marvellous Molly Rogers. The feisty little girl along with her mother Barbarous Bertha take on the nasty pirate Captain Firebeard who is threatening the well-being of the gentle creatures of Monkey Skull Island. A simple story laid out in ten very short chapters, Molly…

Monkey and Robot: Cardboard Robot

I can imagine the Monkey and Robot series of picturebooks, written and illustrated by Felix Hayes and Hannah Broadway, joining the legion of children’s favourites. Cardboard Robot, the second book, has all the good qualities of its predecessor, Doctor Monkey, where we are introduced to this entertaining pair. Robot and Monkey are distinctive characters full…

Mr Gum and the Cherry Tree

Another Mr Gum. Hurrah! These books are some of the funniest and most exciting children’s books around: packed full of one liners, off the wall gags and utterly hilarious shenanigans. This is offset beautifully by David Tazzyman’s monochrome line drawings. Enter Polly ‘brave and true like a how-doyou- do who had everything she needed in…

Olivia Goes to Venice

The peppiest pig of them all goes the whole hog as usual, this time on a family trip to Venice. Only Olivia could love airport security, even though at first she’s not so sure about the city itself. Why are they crossing the same canal on a variety of small bridges all morning, when, as…

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…

Poems from the Writing Shed

Durant is a particularly prolific writer and his books range from picturebooks to teenage fiction. With this new collection of poetry, Durant has brought together poems previously published in anthologies with some new poems. As the introduction outlines, many of the poems are inspired by everyday actions and activities – school, sports, food and family.…

Red Ted and the Lost Things

Red Ted is left on the train one day and ends up in the lost and found at the train station where he meets Crocodile. Red Ted is certain that Stevie will come and find him, but when Crocodile tells him he’s been in the Place for Lost Things for a very long time, Red…

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…

Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure

Rather than being a digital adaptation of a previously published title, Roxie’s a-MAZE-ing Vacation Adventure is an entirely original work created specifically for the iPad by Roxie Munro. The award-winning US author-illustrator is perhaps best known for her popular ‘maze’ books. These present young readers with intricately drawn searches and puzzles with an appeal similar…

Ruball Trioball

‘Cathain a bheidh mé mór fásta?’ a fhiafraíonn Fionn den chrann. Nuair a bheidh sé fásta suas beidh a theach féin aige – teach a bheidh ag cur thar maoil le peataí de gach sórt. Anois díreach, áfach, níl uaidh ach coileán agus é cinnte go bhfaighidh sé ceann dá bhreithlá. Idir stíl álainn Esther…

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…

Space, Henry’s House

‘The Earth is not only spinning, it’s also speeding around the Sun at 66,630 miles an hour (107,230 kmph). That’s 30 times faster than a speeding bullet!’ Ever wondered how to explain the difference between meteors, meteorites and meteoroids? Do you know what solar flares are or what a lunar roaming vehicle is? Fact-packed and…

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…

Tales of Irish Enchantment

This book is a feast for the eyes and the imagination. Beautifully produced in hardback with sumptuous full-colour pages, it contains six of Patricia Lynch’s tales of enchantment. These lively and engaging retellings draw on a wide range of Irish mythology and folklore – a welcome change from the narrow selection frequently found in children’s…

Talking is Not My Thing

This charming picturebook is deeply empathetic and inclusive in its portrait of a young autistic sibling who explains in thoughts how she uses non-verbal communication throughout the course of her everyday life. While words may not form part of her social interactions, she still naturally likes to feel included, and she is able to express…

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 Christmas Eve Ghost

Somewhat misleadingly titled (possibly with an eye for the Christmas market), this new offering from the inimitable Shirley Hughes is a hugely informative story bringing alive the everyday experiences of children in 1930’s Liverpool. Hughes has drawn on her own experiences as a child of that era to vividly recall such things as wash day…

The House Full of Stuff

The House Full of Stuff is about a man, Mr McDuff, who sees the potential to make, repair or create in everything. It is a gift. My father-in-law had the gift. You know someone with the gift. And they have a house full of stuff too. While Mr McDuff’s neighbours live in cookie-cutter houses with…

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 Most Impossible Parents

The Norm family is far from normal, but each of the three episodes in this engaging little book is instantly recognisable. Mr and Mrs Norm are clearly well into their mid-thirties, but he’s still a ponytailed, nose-ring-wearing anarchist, and she sees no reason to give up belly-dancing, or to change out of her fishnet bodystocking…

The Ogre of Oglefort

Every year the inhabitants of Whipple Road look forward to The Summer Meeting of Unusual Creatures as it gives them a chance to escape their mundane lives and perform their magical skills. However this year, the prophesising Norns unexpectedly turn up and give the unpleasant task of rescuing a princess from an Ogre. And just…

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…

Under a Silver Moon

In a hot, faraway and unnamed country where turbans and sultans are the fashion, an unlikely friendship blossoms between two boys. Haroun, Lord of the Rolling Desert Sands, Mirror of Stars and Heir to All Gifts, is the Sultan’s son, but he likes nothing better than to play with plain Akil, the son of a…

Wave

Award-winning artist Suzy Lee has taken the time-old theme of friendship and injected it with new life in this unique and wordless picturebook. She uses just a bold blue colour and simple charcoal lines bursting with confidence to tell the story of a young girl visiting the seaside who begins the most wonderful exchange with…

Welcome to Silver Street Farm

Nicola Davies is a zoologist, the former presenter of the popular BBC wildlife programme The Really Wild Show, and author of many books with animal and environmental themes, including Poo: A Natural History of the Unmentionable, The Gaia Warriors  and Ice Bear: In the Steps of the Polar Bear. Welcome to Silver Street Farmis the…

You, Me and Thing: The Curse of the Jelly Babies

Ruby lived with her parents in an old cottage on the edge of a small town. That is, she did, until developers come, plough up the peaceful woodland and plop down a housing estate on all sides. A family moves into a new house built right next door to Ruby, bringing with them Jackson, an…

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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