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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…

Albert Talbot: Master of Disguise

Albert Talbot is a very imaginative boy who lives by many guises. One moment, he is the notorious desperado Clate Stouderhoofen, wanted for spittoon kicking and hat flattening, and the next moment he is Professor Octavius Pickleswick, mechanical engineer and inventor of robots but, in the end, he is always Albert. This book has a…

Amstardam

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…

Animal Crackers

Are you crazy about cats? Fascinated by frogs? Maybe you’re obsessed with ostriches – whatever your animal of interest is, you’ve found the right place with this collaboration from animal lovers Sarah Webb and Alan Nolan. Covering a frankly breath-taking amount of information about animals from just about everywhere in the world, the duo take…

Bad Mermaids Meet the Sushi Sisters

Meri Pebble loves being a mermaid spy but longs to be sent on an official mission. When a message is received saying that the Sushi Sisters are going to destroy the humans, she gets her chance. Meri knows she’s going to need help getting close to the Sushi Sisters, who are infamous for their pranks,…

Bear Shaped

In 2018, Jack lost his precious friend Bear. His dad reached out for help on Twitter and people stepped up in that wonderful way that people sometimes can. The outpouring of kindness was a lovely reminder that this world isn’t always as divided as it seems… Flash forward two years and this heartwarming tale has…

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…

Boot: the Creaky Creatures

Shane Hegarty’s beloved robot, Boot, returns for an adventure which finds him among friends, old and new, in Ivy Park – a green oasis in the middle of a city being overtaken by concrete and commerce. Through meeting with brother and sister Jordan and Melody, Boot and his friends discover a place full of surprise,…

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…

Different Like Delia

Five-year-old Delia lives in San Francisco and dreams of becoming a world-famous fashion designer. When Delia begins to stutter, she loses all of her confidence and battles with anxiety and worry. Throughout this book, Delia deals with low self-esteem and bullying as a result of her stutter, before learning to see the bigger picture. Different…

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…

Fidget the Wonder Dog

‘Fidget is not a fetch and carry dog, not a lie by the fire dog.’ He is full of mischief, mayhem and fun. In this gem of a book by Galway author Patricia Forde and illustrator Rachel Saunders, a little girl tells us about her beloved dog, Fidget, who gets up to all sorts of…

Finn’s First Song

Finn’s First Song is a real treat for young readers. The vivid illustrations pull the reader in to Finn’s ocean home from the get go and the text is paced well to allow children to enjoy the underwater scenes as they travel with Finn on his journey to Ireland. Daly cleverly weaves big themes into…

Fizzy and Bandit

The only thing Fizzy wants is a puppy and while her mother would never support such a venture, Fizzy is adamant that she would be excellent at looking after one. Unperturbed, Fizzy draws her perfect pet in precise detail – a golden curly haired dog with a shiny black nose. When Fizzy visits her next-door…

Fred: Wizard In Trouble

Readers of Fred: Wizard in Training will be familiar with the unusual time Fred’s been having recently, what with the whole winning-a-magic-contest incident. Everyone is treating him like a hero, which would be great if he was any good at magic when under pressure. On the plus side, he now has weekly teatimes with Merlin,…

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…

Go to Sleep, Hoglet!

Books about going to bed will always be a staple in the picturebook world, and Bex Sheridan’s Go to Sleep Hoglet! takes its readers on a bedtime journey through the historic landscape of the Boyne Valley in County Meath. Little Hoglet cannot sleep and rather than hibernate like all of the other animals he hops…

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…

Here Be Dragons

Like a Pixar cartoon in book form, this funny and subversive tale pokes fun at a brave knight, whose self-proclaimed mission is to find and slay a dragon. Despite the naysayers, he has complete self-confidence and a map with an X saying ‘HERE BE DRAGONS’. As he begins his quest, readers will delight in spotting…

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…

I Talk Like A River

Here is a book about the sounds of words, the feeling of saying, and the isolation and barriers that speech impediments can bring. Furthermore, it’s a book about a kind and thoughtful father, gently parsing and reframing – helping to put language on experience – and how this connection can change everything. Jordan Scott, a…

I’ll Believe You When…: Unbelievable Idioms from Around the World

Cheerfully illustrated and thoughtfully diverse, this playful picturebook explores the concept of idioms through examples from around the world. Beginning in the UK, we begin with the phrase ‘when pigs fly’. The frequently absurd idioms are delightful. Hairy frogs, toothy chickens, dancing cows and whistling lobsters feature as we encounter examples from Spain, Nigeria, the…

If Winter Comes, Tell It I’m Not Here

A little boy floats happily in an outdoor swimming pool, emerging only for the promise of ice-cream. His big sister looks on, waiting for her moment. Soon winter will be here, she tells him, and all your favourite things will be gone. This is a story about jealous sisters, but it is also a story about…

In the Half Room

What, one wonders, is a Half Room? And why is there half a cat on the cover? With its intriguing title and cover image this enigmatic picturebook grabs the reader’s attention from the outset. All of the objects in the book are halved and as we turn the pages the Half Room is gradually constructed…

It’s Only Stanley

It’s Only Stanley is a deliberately misleading title as Stanley, the Wimbeldons’ family pet, is a resourceful, clever dog who certainly should not be taken for granted (nor indeed his DIY skills be underestimated!). Woken up by strange bump-in-the-night sounds over the course of one night, the Wimbeldons (and by extension the readers) are relieved…

Julian at the Wedding

Julian at the Wedding is a beautifully written and illustrated picturebook, full of warmth and heart, that explores love in all its forms. Love’s illustrations are vibrant and are cleverly composed to allow readers to see the different types of love at their level. The book celebrates individuality, acceptance and self-love. Every character is unique,…

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…

Leo and the Octopus

This is lovely. An unlikely relationship builds between a child and an Octopus after a trip to the aquarium. Together they bond over their anxiety in large crowds and a love of solving puzzles. Marinov has written a sensitive and emotional tale. She expertly portrays Leo’s difficulties in navigating the world around him through 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…

Love

Tess lives in a safe world full of love. Whether she’s at home with her parents, brother and dog, or visiting her grandparents, there is always love there, keeping her ‘warm, like a scarf’. Starting school is the first time she’ll be really on her own, but Mummy reassures her: ‘Love is like a string…

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 –…

Making Friends

Making new friends, and understanding how to be a good friend to others, is probably one of the biggest learning curves facing little people. Friendships can be special and life-changing, but they also come with their own pitfalls. Which is why this sensitive guide from McCardie is one for parents, carers and teachers to keep…

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…

Mary Robinson: A Voice for Fairness

The much loved daddy-daughter duo that is John and Fatti Burke are back with a new book and they’re just as wonderful as you remember. This time in their Little Library series, the double act take on Mary Robinson: Ireland’s very first female president. The book casts a shining light on equality, as was the…

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.…

Meesha Makes Friends

Meesha is a warm, inventive little girl who loves to make drawings and music. The one thing she can’t seem to make is friends and, no matter how hard she tries, she just can’t seem to get it right.  Eventually, she begins to wonder if she will ever be able to make friends. Meesha Makes…

Molly and the Lighthouse

There’s trouble at sea in this fast-paced adventure starring Molly and her islander friends and family. The lighthouse beam always flashes on the count of seventeen … but not tonight! What’s happened to poor Jamesie the lighthouse keeper – and can Molly and her mum get things back on track before dad’s fishing boat ends…

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…

Neighbors

Neighbors is a book all about a little girl who moves to a new apartment and begins to wonder about the neighbours that surround her. She ponders that her ceiling is someone’s floor and her floor, someone’s ceiling. She imagines who might be on the other side of the wall and what they might be…

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…

Pirate Stew

A slightly cautionary rhyming tale about what might happen if you hire a pirate as a babysitter. As the two unnamed children’s parents leave for an evening out, babysitter, pirate and ship’s cook Long John McRon arrives. The children take one look at him and suspect they are doomed, which they are, but not for…

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.…

Really Rotten Rhymes

A word of warning: this is not a book for the squeamish. If you baulk at references to bodily functions, then you will be doing a lot of flinching as you leaf through this book. But the child beside you will probably be revelling in the rude rhymes. There are many references to toilets and…

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…

Ronán and the Mermaid

Marianne McShane’s tale is a celebration of old Irish storytelling. The echoes of the Ireland’s ancient past find new life in her account of the Mermaid Saint from the Belfast Lough. We are swept up in the stories of Líban the Mermaid and of the boy Rónán, she saves from drowning. When the boy is…

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…

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…

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…

Take the Lead

Many children would love a dog to join their family, and for those parents thinking about taking that step, Take the Lead is a fun and informative introduction to canines. With bright colours, and a blend of illustrations and photographs this non-fiction title is attractively laid out and is full of information that parents and…

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 Bear and the Moon

The Bear and the Moon is a stunning journey through the joys and sorrows of Bear and his new companion. The reader is swept away by his initial delight at meeting his new friend and equally saddened by their sudden parting. The theme of grief is explored with a subtle elegance. Bear’s feeling of guilt,…

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 Chill Skill

It is not always easy to deal with one’s emotions! The young heroine of this picturebook, Sam, learns this the hard way on her summer holidays. Finally arrived at her grandparents’ house, she is feeling excited for the school-free two months ahead, tired from the long car ride, angry with her parents for taking away…

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 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 Elephant

A charming short novel about a resilient little girl who longs for her dad to break free from the elephant in the title, which is how she pictures his depression As Olive’s dad struggles to go to his work in the morning, she pictures the elephant always with him and as he comes home again,…

The Great Barrier Reef

There’s always an expectation of a visual treat in store whenever you open a new book from Flying Eye and this beautiful and informative work of art is no exception. Pairing marine biologist Dr Helen Scales with the award-winning illustrator Lisk Feng, this book examines and highlights the world’s most famous reef in style and…

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 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 Song of the Nightingale

I love origin tales like how the robin got its red breast, and why the moon travels. In The Song of the Nightingale, author Tanya Landman weaves a beautiful tale of a young earth full of life and colour, but the animals within it are dull and drab. So the painter decides something must be…

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…

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…

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…

Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt: An adventure around Ireland

‘A wee donkey sat in the shade of a tree. “If you had one wish, Grandad, what would it be?” “I’d fix this old back and these wobbly knees, and go see the sights that are out there to see.”’ Wee Donkey’s Treasure Hunt is the latest picture book from the dynamic duo, award-winning author…

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…

What the Dinosaurs Saw: Life on Earth Before Humans

Humans have lived on Earth for 200,000 years, but our planet has existed for nearly 4 billion. Track the history of planet Earth from our universe’s big bang beginnings to the days the first humans walked. In another brightly illustrated non-fiction from the award-winning writer and illustrator Fatti Burke, see how the Earth has changed…

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…

Where Snow Angels Go

O’Farrell’s enchantingly whimsical text tells how Sylvie has unknowingly brought into being an endearingly human guardian angel, who will prove to be essential to her wellbeing. Visiting by night, the angel assures Sylvie that she has within her the potential to help her family and friends rediscover the joy in living that helps keep us…

Who’s Your Real Mum?

Children of same-sex parents must find it wearying to be asked which parent is their ‘real’ one. In this book we meet Elvi, who is of mixed race, and has two mothers, one of whom has brown skin. Her friend Nicholas asks her which woman is her real mother. She patiently explains that both are,…

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…

Windows

As we all spend our days far from the homes of our friends, Windows offers the reader a meandering, dusk-time journey through their neighborhood. The protagonist leaves home with their dog at the end of the day just before the town goes to sleep. What slowly unfolds is the perfect journey narrative from the mind of Denos…

You’re a Star, Lolo

In You’re A Star, Lolo we join Lolo, her Mama, and her Gogo, on four adventures, which include a battle of wills in the kitchen, a gardening project gone awry, a spooky night at home, and a big trip with some unexpected bumps in the road. Through Lolo, writer/illustrator Niki Daly shows us how obstacles…

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