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His Royal Whiskers

In the far-away land of Petrossia, something terrible has happened to the kingdom’s heir, Prince Alexander. It is far worse than kidnapping; far worse than murder! On his sixth birthday, Prince Alexander has somehow been turned into a little fluffy-wuffy kitten. The Czar, Petrossias’ fierce, all-conquering ruler is out forblood. Young Pieter, tallymaster to the…

Hoakes Island

Henry Hoakes, the owner of Hoakes Island, has disappeared and the island is in danger of being knocked down and redeveloped into apartments if the current residents cannot find the property deeds. Thankfully, Henry left clues for Rita and the rest of the animal inhabitants to its whereabouts and your help is needed to solve…

Holes

The subject of holes may seem like a strange and dull choice for a children’s book. However, Holes is a beautiful and compelling book, which is a joy to explore. The author investigates what makes a hole a hole and attempts to show us how holes shape our world. He does so in a way…

Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey

This book brings two of ancient literature’s classic tales together for young readers. In Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, Gillian Cross retells these two enduring tales, bringing them to life with the help of Neill Packer’s vivid illustrations, in the classical style. Cross achieves the almost impossible by making these heroic and sometimes gory tales come…

House of Secrets

Following an alarming incident at his workplace, surgeon Dr. Walker loses his job, leaving his family penniless and homeless in San Francisco. Buying the only habitable home that they can afford, the Walkers move into the intriguing Kristoff House, built by adventure novelist Denver Kristoff. But heir to the estate Dahlia Kristoff, is not happy…

How to be a Space Explorer

Lonely Planet’s travel guidebooks are now nearly ubiquitous on the backpacker trail. This example of their venture into children’s publishing is an impressive piece of work. Handsomely produced and illustrated, the book takes the reader along a training programme to become a space explorer (a term presumably preferred to ‘astronaut’ because it lacks the American-centric…

How to Make a Human Out of Soup

Do you know how human beings evolved? I thought I had an adequate knowledge of where I came from until I picked up Tracey Turner’s How to Make a Human out of Soup: The Story of Evolution. Condensing four billion years of life on Earth into one slim paperback and making it accessible to young…

How to Put a Whale in a Suitcase

The cover of Spanish artist Guridi’s simple-seeming but profoundly philosophical work encapsulates how a small problem can be metaphor for a very big theme. An image of a small child (boy?) with a little suitcase by his side, holding a very large red whale over his head illustrates the quandary addressed in the title.  The…

How to Seize a Dragon’s Jewel

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock the Third is the Hope and Heir to the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans, Vikings living on the Barbaric Archipelago when dragons lived. Hiccup is ordinary looking and unheroic; even his hunting dragon, Toothless, is a tiny common dragon. But Hiccup is thoughtful, loyal and brave. And he speaks Dragonese… In How…

How to Train Your Dragon

The trouble begins with the Dragon Initiation Programme when all the young Viking boys wishing to join the Tribe of the Hairy Hooligans must single-handedly capture and train a Dragon. During the course of this perilous mission, Hiccup saves his friend Fishlegs from becoming Dragon Supper, leaving himself only enough time to grab the smallest…

Hubert

Díríonn an leabhar Hubert le Caitríona Hastings ar an gcúnamh a thugann cairdeas dúinn in aghaidh na ndeacrachtaí a chuirtear romhainn agus muid ag fás fós. Agus an deilgneach air, buaileann Gearaí le tarbhmadra darb ainm Hubert. Téann Hubert in éineacht le Gearaí chuig gach áit, cé nach bhfuil sé feicthe ag aon duine eile. …

Hubert Horatio: How to raise your grown-ups

Hubert is an extraordinary child who is both incredibly clever and surprisingly responsible for his age. The answer to how Hubert became the marvel of a child that he is today has its origins in his parents’ blatantly irresponsible behaviour. Lauren Child returns with the Bobton-Trents, Hubert’s family, who are remarkably well off; living in…

Hugo Pepper

Hugo Pepper is an orphan adopted by reindeer herders and raised as their own in the Frozen North. When he is 12, he discovers the wreck of a snow sleigh in the shed and his adoptive parents tell him the terrible truth. As a baby, Hugo and his parents crashed in the snow sleigh and…

Hummingbird

Ornithology and anthropology, the wonders of biology and the beauty of story, meet in this gorgeously presented narrative about the hummingbird. Their incredible migration north and the joy they bring to the lives of people in Latin America, at sea in the Pacific, and those living in New York City provide the backdrop for understanding…

I (Don’t) Like Snakes

Zoologist and subject expert Nicola Davies’ success with Tiny: The Invisible World of Microbes in the picturebook category of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Excellence in Science prize is proven to be richly deserved. This book in the same Nature Storybook series looks a strong candidate for shortlisting next year.    As…

I am Cat

A cat sleeps, curled up, safe and warm. While he sleeps, he dreams of other cats, wild and free, and so transports the reader to the African savannah to meet the Lion, to the Russian forest to meet the rare Amur Leopard and to many other faraway places, in search of his cousins. I admit…

I am NOT a Dinosaur!

‘I may look like a dino that lives in the sea, but that wouldn’t be fair to my family tree. I swim with flippers – oh yes, I’ve got four! But – I am not a dinosaur!’ This rhyme is spoken by the prehistoric reptile, the Plesiosaur, one of eleven prehistoric creatures in this book…

I Have the Right to Be a Child

With worldwide austerity programmes resulting in cutbacks to services for young and old alike, this picture-book, endorsed by Amnesty International UK, is a timely reminder that all humans are born with certain inalienable rights. As explained on the dust jacket, those for children are outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, agreed…

Illuminatlas

Step into a beautifully colourful journey around the world with this follow up to the bestselling Illuminature and Illumanatomy. This inventive read will totally immerse you into a geography lesson with a difference. This third title in the series explores the world’s continents and reveals their hidden secrets through a magic coloured lens that illuminates…

In At The Deep End

In At The Deep End, originally published in a different form as In Deep Water in 1993, focuses on Ben, a boy who has agreed to swim the first hundred lengths of a ‘Swimathon’, largely to impress two boys he aspires to be friends with, Jack and Harry. When they don’t show up for their…

In Focus Forests: Wilderness, Wonders, Wildlife

In Focus Forests is an accessible and unique non-fiction book. Although there is a distinct lack of an overall introduction to the book, there is an impressive amount of interesting information here. Aside from the stories of trees and forests, there are facts on animals, history and science, as well as information on weather, geography,…

In Focus: Cities

This book is a gloriously colourful tour through some of the world’s most important cities. Taking a collaborative approach, ten illustrators take one location each to convey something of the geography, culture, and unique colour of each place. Whether it is the vibrant streets of New York or the sumptuous sunset-soaked skyline of Istanbul, the…

In the Mouth of the Wolf

Morpurgo’s latest novel begins with two brothers, Francis and Pieter, each as different from the other as one can imagine. On the evening of his ninetieth birthday, Francis looks back on his experiences in the Second World War and the events and people that would shape both of their lives forever. This takes him from…

In Too Deep

Congolese brothers Prince and Emmanuel are in foster care after their rescue from a gang of thieves in London. That harrowing descent into crime, so movingly narrated by Emmanuel in the award winning Too Much Trouble, ended positively with the boys’ placement in two loving homes. Positively but not happily for younger brother Prince, as In Too…

Incredible Journeys

In this beautifully presented hardback publication, real-life adventurer, Levison Wood, chronicles the fantastic feats of some of history’s most notable characters. From the first movements of Homo Erectus out of the continent of Africa, to the vast expeditions of Alexander the Great, onto the epic journeys of Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta and Magellan, and all…

Into the Jungle

Into the Jungle by Katherine Rundell is a collection of short stories that serves as a companion to Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book. Mowgli’s ravenous appetite for stories takes him all over the jungle, seeking out his animal friends who relay to him tales from their past. One thing that is immediately apparent is the volume’s…

Invasion of the Vampire Spiders

This is a zany, imaginative story about spiders, cobwebs, dusting and ghosts. The insect-loving reader who opens this book (with its cover illustration of a gross hairy spider) expecting a thriller about arachnids taking over the world should be patient. The reader first gets an interesting insight into what life was like for a young…

It Came From Outer Space!

Filled with an abundance of creepy creatures, slimy aliens, and robot armies, It Came From Outer Space! zooms from one wacky poem to another. As can be guessed from the title, the collection focuses on themes of aliens, astronauts and space. It is a fun and inventive collection and Cookson and Harmer seem to revel in concocting…

James Joyce: Literary Legend

James Joyce: Literary Legend is the latest instalment of Poolbeg’s In a Nutshell series. The illustrated paperback describes the life and career of one of Ireland’s greatest writers. Andrew O’Connor’s text provides a very clear overview of the key moments in the life of James Joyce. The reader is brought on a journey, which includes…

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Spence is re-telling another Greek classic tale. There was more background than in previous adaptations.  Jason was a son of an ousted King Aeson. Sent away from home at a young age for his own safety, he is taught valuable lessons. He returns as an adult to claim his birthright. A prophecy warned King Pelias…

Jasper and the Green Marvel

Deirdre Madden continues Jasper’s adventures in Woodford, following Snake’s Elbows. Now free from prison after his misadventures detailed in the first book, Jasper, down on his luck and completely broke, becomes the gardener of Haverford-Snuffley Hall to search for the emerald necklace known as The Green Marvel supposedly hidden and lost there. Of course nothing ever goes to…

Jim Hawkins and the Curse of Treasure Island

This energetic and compelling novel is, purportedly, Jim Hawkins’s account of the events that propelled him to return – ten years after the end of Stevenson’s novel – to Treasure Island and of the adventures that ensued after his arrival. Bryan’s considerable debt to Stevenson is acknowledged throughout the book in the creation of several…

Joan Procter, Dragon Doctor: The Woman Who Loved Reptiles

The perfect book for the young scientist in your life, this tells the story of the brave and bold Joan Procter, a pioneering female scientist who was the ‘reptile-whisperer’ of her time – a friend to lizards and crocodiles from a young age. The book takes us back to her early years, growing up with…

Journeys

Read your way around the world with some of history’s greatest story makers. Discover some amazing expeditions, including that of Nobu Shirase – who raced Scott and Amundsen to the South Pole – and Henry ‘Box’ Brown – a slave who posted himself to freedom. Recounting the stories of some of the bravest and most…

Judy Moody Predicts the Future

The pace is set for this trendy, actionpacked novel from the moment Judy Moody discovers the Mystery Prize in her breakfast cereal. She rips open the wrapper to reveal a mood ring. However, in addition to believing the ring’s ability to reflect the wearer’s moods by changing colour, Judy Moody thinks the ring has special…

Julian’s Glorious Summer

Seven-year-old Julian is looking forward to a long summer of fun with his new friend Gloria, but she shatters his dreams by appearing with a shiny new bicycle. She wants to teach Julian to ride it! Rather than admit his fears of falling off, Julian pretends he will be too busy doing chores for his…

Juliet’s Story

Juliet’s Story was first published in 1995, and has now been re-issued with new illustrations. When Juliet’s favourite storyteller dies, she is left restless and story-less. Her best friend prefers television, but Juliet wants a story of her own. So her grandmother takes her on a trip to France, telling her on the way an…

Junkyard Jack and the Horse that Talked

Jack is a very small and bendy boy. So small and bendy that he can hide inside his own school bag! Jack’s mum is in prison for theft and he’s never met his dad, so he is forced to stay in a windowless cupboard in drippy Aunt Violet’s house with his smelly Uncle Ted and…

Just Joshua

This is an absorbing story about a young boy coming to realise that the perception of difference in a community can breed suspicion, impose isolation and cause mistrust. Joshua’s father is the only butcher in the village. All the other men make their living from fishing. More crucially, at the heart of the story is…

King Flashypants and the Evil Emperor

King Flashypants, also known as King Edwin of Edwinland, is a nine-year-old monarch with an over-fondness for eating chocolate and wearing his kingly crown in all situations. King Edwin’s idea of keeping his subjects happy is to feed them free chocolate every Friday, and not mind too much if they take Mondays off. Everyone is…

Lá Breithe Chití

Léirmheas le Freda Ní Mhuilleann Cailleach, cóisir, draíocht agus cat dubh; tá gach uile saghas rud i gceist leis an leabhar iontach seo agus ní mór dom a rá gur leabhar den scoth atá ann. Bhí mé féin tógtha leis tar éis an blurba féin a léamh agus an clúdach a fheiceáil. Scéal álainn taitneamhach greannmhar…

Last-But-Not-Least Lola: Going Green

Lola is fed up of being last on the list at school. This is because her name is Z-for-Zuckermann. Much to Lola’s annoyance, her ex best friend, the perfect Amanda Anderson, is always first. But Lola has a plan. She decides that she is going to win her class’s Going Green contest. So that she…

Leabhar Mór an Eolais

Léirmheas le Niamh Ní Thuama Ciclipéid reatha atá cruthaithe ag Oxford University Press agus aistrithe ag Máirtín Ó Cléirigh, Colmcille Ó Monacháin agus Caoimhín Ó hÍcí. Tá an t-eolas bailithe acu faoi naoi dtéama éagsúla agus tá réimse fíorleathan clúdaithe acu dá bharr. An chéad rud a fheiceann an léitheoir óg nuair a osclaíonn sé nó…

Let The Dice Decide: Roll the Dice to Create Picture and Word Mash-Ups

Freelancer illustrator Sophie Foster has created an action-packed fill-in book for drawing and doodle lovers, but with a twist – all creations are determined by the roll of a dice! Over 60 pages of creative ideas involving aliens, super villains, dragons, and misfits, invite you to design your own dog and uncover your future: the…

Let’s Play!: Poems About Sports and Games from Around the World

This is an exuberant collection of poems about a variety of activities, from team sports to board games, skipping rhymes to computer games. In their introductory note, Chatterjee and D’Arcy express the ‘hope that our selection may tempt you to compile your own collection of poems about YOUR favourite games and sports. Or maybe you…

Lion Boy

The blurb states that ‘Zizou Corder’ is the pen name of a mother-and-child partnership, and so I had half an eye out for changes in gear, stylistic leaps that would indicate changeovers; but no, the narrative appears seamless. They must have had great fun writing it. This is an adventure which begins in a future…

Little Badman and the Invasion of the Killer Aunties

Humza is determined he is going to make it big. With his sidekick, aka best friend Umer, by his side, how could he fail to realise his potential to become the greatest rapper Eggington has ever seen or heard? The problem is it’s hard to follow your path to greatness when it is blocked by…

Little Red Hood

Been there?   Done that?   Think again.  This is a very different retelling of the classic tale, one that does not shy away from its cruelty and awfulness, but embraces both through plot, graphic style and text. One wolf, one girl, two pencils, no décor to speak of, no props apart from the strictly indispensable or highly symbolic.  …

Lizard Music

This is like a film noir for 8-12-year-olds, if a film noir was crossed with old-school X-Files, and was also a musical. It was written in 1976 and you can tell, in the best of ways. Its main character, Victor, is a cool and laconic narrator—most of the time. He’s often baffled by the world…

Loki’s Wolves

Armstrong and Marr launch an ambitious series with Loki’s Wolves, creating the premise for what is sure to be an exciting adventure. In this first instalment Matt, Laurie and Fen, descendants of the Norse gods Thor and Loki, set out on a path to stop Ragnarӧk—the end of the world. They must gather the other teenage…

Long Lost

One in the Shock Shop series of ‘short, illustrated, scary books for younger readers’ by writers such as KM Peyton, Jenny Nimmo and Susan Price, this is the story of long-lost relatives who make contact with George Bassett’s family when they receive a considerable inheritance. Sir Gilbert Bassett-Milne and his family are welcoming and unpretentious,…

Looking for Yesterday

Alison Jay has produced a very philosophical picturebook here. Ostensibly it is about nostalgia and an almost Proustian yearning for the perfection of a past experience. But there is more to it than that. It is also about a rich relationship between a boy and his grandfather. The subtle wisdom of a wise grandfather is…

Looking Glass Girl

Cathy Cassidy’s latest offering is inspired by Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass. It’s a modern fable – the journey Alice has to navigate is from coma to reality, from victim to protagonist, from hapless enemy to wary friend. The Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland riffs spliced through her unconsciousness lacked the intrigue of…

Loser

I loved both Maniac Magee and Stargirl, and was delighted when I saw this new book by Jerry Spinelli in the bundle of books for review. I have a particular interest in books which look at marginalised children. Experience has taught me that authors tend to handle this topic really well or really badly. Spinelli’s…

Luke on Alcatraz

A fast-paced adventure story of a group of young lads from Bray who find themselves in San Francisco for a film premiere. Leader of the pack is Luke, who has a vivid imagination that he puts to great use throughout the holiday. The boys end up on a tourist trip to Alcatraz and there rumble…

Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street: A collection of recipes to share

This picturebook is also a recipe book for young readers. It has a very slight narrative, in which the residents in the various flats in the titular house create a contribution to a shared meal in the garden. The residents of the house cook foods from around the world. Everyone chooses to cook a special…

Mad About Monkeys

Owen Davey is mad about monkeys, and by the end of this beautiful non-fiction book so will you be. Lovingly designed and illustrated, this encyclopaedia primer will introduce you to the most fascinating of our cousins from around the world and teach you how to tell them apart.   I have grown up watching David…

Maggot Pie

When Jiggy McClure pees into the Piddling Pool for the 1001st time, he conjures up a genie who grants him three wishes. In the best tradition of complete idiots he wastes his wishes and incurs the wrath of JR (Jimmy Riddle, the genie). Forget turbans and curly shoes, JR is a bolshie teenager with dreadlocks…

Magic Betsey

(Note: This review also discusses Betsey's Birthday Surprise – ISBN: 9781782951889) Magic Betsey and Betsey’s Birthday Surprise are two of five separate short story collections featuring Betsey Biggalow, from UK Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman. Betsey is a lovable little girl who lives in Barbados with her mum, grandma Liz, brother Desmond and sister Sherena, while…

Magical Celtic Tales

This is a collection of Celtic tales from Ireland, Brittany, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall and the Isle of Man. These are familiar stories with a slightly different telling. Fairy tales or folk tales tend to reappear in different cultures and are retold in different ways. For example, the story ‘Blaanid’s Secret’ is similar to Rumpelstiltskin –…

Magrit

Magrit lives in a tiny, abandoned graveyard, lost, forgotten and overgrown amongst the tall buildings and busy outside world that surround it. But she is not alone. She has her friend and advisor, Master Puppet that she built from old bones and bits of graveyard stuff. Magrit and Master Puppet are sitting atop their crumbling…

Maisie Hitchins: The Case of the Stolen Sixpence

Maisie Hitchins dreams of adventure. She longs to follow in the footsteps of her idol, famous detective Gilbert Carrington. Instead, she finds herself doing chores in her practical grandmother’s boarding house. But that is about to change. First, she finds an abandoned puppy which she takes home and hides right under her grandmother’s nose. Then,…

Making Millions, Cass and the Bubble Street Gang

Young fans of Irish author Erika McGann will be delighted with the second in the series of Cass and the Bubble Street Gang mysteries, Making Millions. This time, the inventive and entrepreneurial Cass is not only trying to make her fortune but she is also trying to solve the mystery of the invisible boy in…

Mango & Bambang: The Not-A-Pig

The Not-a-Pig is Book One in a new series from author Polly Faber and illustrator Clara Vulliamy. Featuring a wonderful new heroine called Mango Allsorts, who by her own admission is good at all sorts of things, and indeed she is, as the stories collected here go on to prove.    When Mango finds a…

Marco Moves In

“It’s not every day that a grizzly bear turns up on your doorstep.” A grizzly bear, Marco, has escaped from the local zoo and is looking for somewhere to live. The entire town is on the lookout and a grizzly can be a difficult thing to hide. After a host of close calls, Patrick and…

Marcy and the Riddle of the Sphinx (Brownstone’s Mythical Collection)

Marcy finds it hard to believe that the tales of adventure and exploration told to her by her father Arthur are anything more than just that – exciting stories. She just can’t see how her slightly portly dad could be that brave, especially when the creatures from her dad’s amazing adventures fill the shadows at…

Mariella Queen of the Skies

Mariella is a talented inventor, the only problem is that something is interrupting her thinking and inventing time… Eoin Colfer has created an engaging and witty story about the bane of every child’s existence – bedtime. Mariella spends most of her time coming up with ideas for ingenious inventions, but it always seem that just…

Marius and the Band of Blood (Tales From Schwartzgarten)

Marius Myerdorf has discovered his parents have been eaten by wolves. After an exhaustive search, there is one remaining relative who will take him in, saving him from the horrid prospect of the Swartzgarten Reformatory for Maladjusted Children. But his new life with his great-great-uncle Kalvitas, famous chocolatier and member of the prestigious Guild of…

Mark and Shark: Detectiving and Stuff

Close friends Mark (a boy) and Shark (a shark) have set up a new business. Their areas of expertise: detectiving and stuff.  While Mark enthusiastically awaits his first client, an angry polar bear darkens their doorstep, requesting help with… stuff.  Join this human/predatory-fish duo as they encounter feuding ice-cream van owners, feral toasters and a…

Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers

Heart-warming and appealing to all ages, award-winning children’s author, Elen Caldecott, delivers through amusing idioms and clever writing a story that is read with a smile in the form of Marsh Road Mysteries: Diamonds and Daggers. Excitement stirs for the residents of Marsh Road as they await the arrival of Hollywood actress, Betty Massimo. Piotr…

Mary’s Hair

Mary hates her hair, it’s bushy, big and full of bits! You wouldn’t be surprised to find a nest of swallows on it. Mary wants hair like all the other girls, blonde and straight and tame enough to go into pigtails or plaits. Mary is so fed up of her hair she decides that it’s…

Maze Running and other Magical Missions

Maze Running and other Magical Missions is the fourth and final installment of Lari Don’s children’s fantasy series, which began with the award-winning First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts. The novel starts bravely as Helen’s centaur friend, Yann, is stabbed through the heart. This magical wound is beyond Helen’s powers of healing. With the help…

Meet the Artist: The Pre-Raphaelites

Meet the Artist: The Pre-Raphaelites is full to the brim with inspiring activities for young art historians and artists alike. In this art activity book author Helena Perez Garcia provides a brief introduction to Pre-Raphaelite art by exploring stand out themes and ideas used by the artists. She highlights leaders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement such…

Meet the… Ancient Greeks

Meet the… Ancient Greeks offers a beautifully quirky, yet authentic look into the Hellenes people. This book is a follow up to two previous titles Meet the… Ancient Egyptians and Meet the… Ancient Romans.  It was such a fun read whilst being exceptionally informative too! Loaded with information and facts, each page looks at different…

Mega Robo Bros

In the true tradition of the comic strip, Mega Robo Bros is a rip-roaring, action-packed, laugh-out-loud graphic novel set in a futuristic London. Laid out in chapters, and beautifully illustrated with bright, engaging tones, Mega Robo Bros tells the story of the loveable but hyper-active brothers Alex and Freddy. Like any boys of their age,…

Message from the Moon and other poems

Hilda Offen’s poems are as enjoyable as her illustrations, any reader would be hard pushed to say which they prefer. Wonderful stories are created through the clever coupling of powerful phrasing and intelligent illustrations. The minimalist and simple style of the illustrations allow the reader to find meaning easily within the clever cartoons. Offen uses…

Mindfully Me Series

The Mindfully Me Series is a collection of three books that advocate positive mental health and well-being for children. Each book focuses on encouraging positive self-image and self-esteem for children aged four and upwards. Book 1 is called It’s Always There and focuses on the use of mindful breathing as a practical method that children…

Missing Arabella

Kathryn Siebel is a storyteller like no other. One night while travelling with her husband to a B & B in Ireland, Kathryn saw a mother and daughter sitting in front of a fireplace sewing. Years later, she began to imagine the story that Irish mother might have been telling her daughter in front of…

Misteir an Mary Celeste

Mistéir cheart, ar ndóigh, is ea mistéir an Mary Celeste agus níl a fhios againn fós an chúis gur fágadh folamh í i lár an Atlantaigh i 1872. Cé nach bhfuil an scéal ar fad ag éinne, tá an-chuid eolais ag Carol Krueger, údar an leabhair. Deir sí féín  ag deireadh an tsaothair go bhfuil sí…

Mistéirí Aisteacha

Le blianta beaga anuas, tá Futa Fata tar éis cur go mór le méid agus le caighdeán an neamhfhicsin Ghaeilge atá ar fáil do dhaoine óga, agus cuireann an leabhar seo go mór le liosta neamhfhicsin an fhoilsitheora. Is aistriúchán ón mBéarla é, agus cuid den tsraith ‘Na 10 gcinn is measa’. Ag tús an…

Molly and the Stormy Sea

Molly wakes up one morning to find her house completely empty. Her father is out on a fishing trip on stormy seas and now her mother is nowhere to be seen. That can only mean one thing – that her father is missing. And so, over the course of the night, Molly will offer the…

Monster and Chips

As most readers can attest, everyone loves chips. People from all nations cherish the humble spud. The author, however, turns our attention to monsters. Do they hanker for a hot, crispy, golden chip? Do they crave floury, flakey frites with sides of ketchup, cheese and curry? Joe, our protagonist, may never have pondered such theories…

Moon Man

Moon Man is the second title written by David Donohue about the remarkably gifted Walter Speazlebud. Alikeable and engaging hero, Walter possesses the gift of Noitanigami (‘imagination’ spelt backwards). In layman’s terms he has the power to send people and things backwards in time. In this latest installment Walter travels back in time to 1969…

Mostly Mary (A Mary Plain Adventure)

Mary Plain is an orphan bear living with her relatives at Berne Zoo in Switzerland. Her delightful adventures were first published in 1930 by Welsh author Gwynedd Rae, and the books were much loved by the family of author-illustrator Shirley Hughes, whose daughter Clara has illustrated this charming book. The childlike Mary Plain is a…

Mother Tongue

Imagine a world where your very language is taken from you. That is the reality for Letta and the other inhabitants of Ark, a world post environmental collapse. While others accept the new reality of a world of limited words, wordsmith Letta understands that words are power and if they let their words be taken…

Mountains of the World

How are mountains made? Does the Yeti exist? Who is the world’s most famous mountaineer? Get ready for the answers to these and many more questions in Dieter Braun’s stylish celebration of the world’s mountains. From the Alps to the Andes, Everest to Uluru, this comprehensive exploration of some of the highest places on Earth,…

Mr Baboomski and the Wonder Goat

Initially, I was sceptical about this book. The nonsense words in the opening pages reminded me too much of Roald Dahl’s BFG and apart from that, the grammar was riddled with errors. I’m usually looking at books with teacher eyes, so I wasn’t sure if this would be a book that I would be happy…

Mucking About

John Chambers’ latest book chronicles the mad-cap adventures of Manchán, a young boy who loves mucking around in medieval Ireland. Truly horrified at the idea that his mother wants him to become a monk, Manchán would much rather spend his time getting into scrapes with Muck his pig and his best friend Pagan-of-the-Six-Toes. Though Chambers’…

Mummy Never Told Me

I have been a big fan of Babette Cole for some time now but I am sorry to say that this book defeats me – I really cannot think who it is aimed at or indeed of any reason why it was published other than to cash in on the popularity of this highly talented…

My Book of Stories: Write your own Adventures

This and its companion volume Write your own Shakespearean Tale are the first of a series of children’s books commissioned by British Library Publishing. The concept is to encourage children to write their own adventure stories using inspiration from the canon, and Patterson has assembled a treasure trove of material from classics by Lewis Carroll,…

My Friend’s a Gris-Kwok

So first to explain the title – what is a Gris-Kwok? A Gris- Kwok has the ability to change into any animal, bird, insect or fish. Now, on to the story. When Mike goes to visit his friend Alex one afternoon and babysit little Polly together, Mike is in for a few big surprises. When your…

My Grandmother’s Clock

In bright contrasting colours, the cover of My Grandmother’s Clock depicts the grandmother holding the young narrator’s hand as the little girl throws a stick for a dog, all observed by a seagull in the top left corner – a delicate moment, captured by a very talented illustrator. The special relationship between the older and…

My Little Book of Big Questions

This is a book about the big questions everyone asks at some stage in their lives: What will become of me? Is it possible to think of nothing? Why can’t I fly? Is it possible to feel too happy? Britta Teckentrup doesn’t answer the questions, but leafing through this attractive picturebook should encourage many interesting…

My Secret Camera

Mendel Grossman, a talented young photographer, secretly photographed the lives of Jews imprisoned with him in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland during World War II. The simple, moving text, written in the first person, communicates directly with the reader. Together with the unforgettable photographs of everyday events and people, it provides a unique record of…

My Worst Book Ever!

This entertaining book gives the reader a real, first-hand insight into how NOT to make a picturebook. Allan Ahlberg fancies that he has a great idea for a picturebook, all about a happy family and their adventures with a snappy crocodile. Unfortunately, every effort he makes to write his story is thwarted, either by coffee-splashing…

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…

Naturama

In this non-fiction book on wildlife, the author offers us an insight into the four seasons in Ireland and how our environment changes with them. Beginning with a brief history of each season as celebrated in ancient Ireland, Naturama talks us through the meteorological characteristics of spring, summer, autumn and winter (change in temperature and…

Never Too Young! 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made a Difference

Never Too Young! is filled with  fifty real-life stories about children throughout history, right up to the present day, who have rocked the boat, caused a stir, and inspired great change in the world. Joan of Arc, Anne Frank, Stevie Wonder, Pelé, Malala Yousafzai, and Emma Watson are a few familiar names worth mentioning. Each…

Nicholas

It is wonderful to see this classic of French children’s literature finally available in english translation. Nicholas has been entertaining French readers for generations, but until now English-speaking readers have never had the chance to share in the fun. Who is Nicholas and what has he to offer the modern child? Nicholas is the result…

Nicholas Moonlight

The characteristically serious voice of Eileen Dunlop tells about a haunting which nearly shipwrecks a youngster’s mind. Nicholas is deaf, as a consequence of an illness, and his bitter rage at losing touch with ordinary conversation and his beloved musical studies leaves him vulnerable to invasion by a lost soul who has haunted an island…

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