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Night of the Living Veg & The Big Freeze

The ‘Buster Bayliss’ series is made up of fast-paced adventure stories told with energy and humour. In both Night of the Living Veg and The Big Freeze, Buster and his Fake Cousin Polly must save their town of Smogley from being taken over by manic evil forces. Their heroics save the town and the citizens…

Nightmare Club

These four titles belong to 'The Nightmare Club' series and are purportedly written by twelve-year-old Annie Graves (first pun in a collection which abounds in the technique, especially when naming characters – Sandy Mount, Glen O'Geary, Abbey Street, Hugh Shalby Nameless, for example).  In the author's ('that's a posh word for writer') notes she tells…

Nine Worlds in Nine Nights: A Journey Through Imaginary Lands

What would you do if everything you knew was turned upside down? If fantasy suddenly became reality? That’s the question explored in this curious, genre-defying picturebook, presented as the diary entries, sketches, and notes of famed (and fictional) theoretical physicist Dawn Gable. The publisher plays along, informing the reader that the following pages were collected…

Nip’s Tale

Nip is a likeable terrier who, after a bungled, violent burglary, begins to question the morality of his owner Jeth’s way of life. When Nip rescues the watchman whom Jeth has left beaten and tied up, the dog ends up on the receiving end of his owner’s brutal temper on a journey replete with the…

North Child

The heroine Rose is the youngest of seven children and she is an unusual child. She is a North facing child meaning that she is to possess qualities such as wildness, restlessness and have an adventurous spirit. One night the family home is visited by the rare and powerful white polar bear, who promises good…

Northwood

Despite her name, Cecilia Undergarment is not a girl to be taken lightly. She has a very clear idea of what is right and wrong. Her determination to rescue a neglected dog from her mean neighbour lands her in serious trouble, and she and Rocky the dog find themselves lost in the dark forest of…

Ocean Meets Sky

‘”It’s a good day for sailing,” his grandfather would have said.’ Finn wakes early on the morning of his late Grandfather’s ninetieth birthday. He decides to build a boat to honour his memory. He recalls the sound of his grandfather’s voice and the stories he told of ‘a place far away where ocean meets sky’.…

Ocean: A Visual Miscellany

This strikingly visual, impressively holistic consideration of the oceans incorporates science, history, mythology and geography alongside experiments, crafts and witty asides. The content is carefully paced, never overwhelming with facts and skilfully balancing informative sections with open ended questions and activities. Originally published in Portugal by the innovative Pato Lógico, there is a seriously artful…

Odd and the Frost Giants

Odd might seem like an unusual name, and even though it’s actually quite a lucky one in the Viking village he grew up in, there’s no denying that Odd has taken some of the qualities of his name to heart. After his father dies unexpectedly in a freak ‘pony-overboard’ incident after a raid, Odd becomes…

Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

Old Masters Rock is a valuable guide for parents and children to help make art enjoyable and accessible. Featuring fifty artworks ranging from the fourteenth to the twentieth century, including Renaissance, Impressionist and Baroque works among others, it is a great starting point for the study of art. The introduction features useful tips on how…

Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs

Almost 80 years after the publication of TS Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Faber & Faber have published a companion volume, Old Toffer’s Book of Consequential Dogs. Reid’s collection of poetry is utterly charming and written in the same whimsical style as Eliot’s, while Elam’s powerful illustrations are reminiscent of Disney’s early animation…

One Christmas Wish

This seasonal story finds a lonely child called Theo on Christmas Eve making a wish on a falling star to be ‘un-lonely’. The magic of the wish awakens four old Christmas ornaments – a cheeky rocking horse that incessantly searches for food, a robin that has forgotten how to sing, an angel with worn wings…

One Day on Morfa

‘I am blessed by being part of what Life intends to have happen.’ This is the outlook of Cleo, a young witch who lives happily with her many-lifed cat Mot, in a hillside Welsh village. The place itself is blessed by the periodic reappearance of a house which protects a medallion that opens a channel…

One Small Suitcase

Only in recent years has the story emerged of the ten thousand unaccompanied Jewish refugee children from Nazi Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, who were admitted to Britain without visas in 1938-9. (Britain was the only country to take in significant numbers of Jewish child refugees.) By 1938 Jews in Europe were despairing and penniless –…

One Trick Pony

This science fiction graphic novel is about an alien invasion of a future Earth, an invasion in which the aliens initially suck up and consume electrical devices. Consequently, humans are divided into those who have reverted to a pre-electrical civilisation, some becoming bandits, and those who continue to try and preserve such equipment, especially anything…

Only Eva

Judi Curtin is back with the fifth instalment of her ‘Eva’ series. Only Eva focuses on Eva, her best friend Ella and new friend Aretta, who is originally from Nigeria.   Eva does not like mysteries, some may even call her nosy, but in a good way. So when new girl Aretta suspiciously hurries home…

Ossiri and the Bala Mengro

This is a charming and fun tale about a young traveller girl named Ossiri whose family are ‘Tattini Folki’ or rag-and-bone people. Ossiri’s family recycle unwanted old goods, mending old clothes, fixing broken furniture, selling scrap iron. They live in caravans and are happy. Ossiri loves music, but the family can neither afford to buy…

Otto and the Bird Charmers

I love this book. Told as a whimsical adventure full of colours, magic and sparks, it really is a child’s parable about serious issues of suffering. Young Otto Hush lives with his magical family in a culturally divided city built and sustained by his own people. The Karmidee’s gifts (different forms of flying, shape-changing, heartsight…

Outside: A Guide to Discovering Nature

Winner of the Bologna Ragazzi award in 2015, this amazing book is full of information and hints for outdoor activities to get even the most reluctant couch potato up and out. Part encyclopaedia, part instructional guide, it is written in plain, straightforward terms which will appeal to reluctant readers and fact aficionados alike. The writers…

Owen and the Soldier

On a bench by a statue in a park, Owen can sit quietly, it’s a place where he can gather his thoughts. Sharing this bench with a tall grey figure, while eating his lunch, he can speak freely without being judged. Perhaps if life was less difficult for Owen and his mum, and perhaps if…

Pandora

A little fox named Pandora lives alone in a world of broken things. She spends her time gathering and mending what she can, never seeing anyone else in this strange and ruined landscape. But one day, when a bird falls from the sky, another living thing in need of her help, her world slowly begins…

Pandora’s Lunch Box

Pandora is bored with packed lunches. However, her Aunt Narcissa is on hand with the perfect solution: a magic lunch-box which will produce scrumptious treats, once specific instructions are followed. Pandora’s magic lunch-box is the envy of classmates and teachers alike. But when greedy Billy Bean opens the lunch-box without following the essential procedure, bedlam…

Penny the Pencil

The first thing that struck me on opening my quarterly Inis review post was the Faber- Castell ‘Grip 2001’ pencil attached to the side of the book that I was to review, and the second being the Faber-Castell logo printed clearly on the front jacket (actually appearing bigger than the illustrator’s name). On turning the…

People of Peace: 40 Inspiring Icons

These days, it is important to examine examples from the past to define our heroes; the peacemakers, ‘tree-shakers’, rights activists. People of Peace contains forty great examples of men and women through history who have dedicated their lives to creating a better world. From the early 1800s to the present day, each page features an…

Perfect

Perfect is a rare and wonderful picturebook by Nicola Davies. It tells the story of a young boy, coming to terms with the arrival of a baby sister with special needs. His sister’s condition is not explained or diagnosed, and the subtlety and artistry with which his journey from sadness at unfulfilled expectations to acceptance…

Perseus

Spence's version of the classic Greek tale is familiar in parts. This is a prime example of a self-fulfilling prophecy. King Akrisious sent his daughter Danae and grandson Perseus away because of a prophecy. It told him to beware of Perseus, he may bring you great harm. Perseus was considered a cowardly child. He wanted…

Pip and the Edge of Heaven

When I first read this book I thought it ‘twee’ and an adult’s perception of the kinds of ‘big question’ that they wish children would ask. I was quite ready to dismiss it as not being worth reviewing. But the book came back to haunt me a little! I read and re-read it several times.…

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow

Plant, Sow, Make and Grow is an activity book for budding gardeners with a simple low-stress approach to producing fruit, vegetables and flowers. Packed full of information and easily achievable activities, Plant, Sow, Make and Grow will tempt everyone to get outside and start growing a garden of their own. Opening with a handy guide…

Plantopedia

As colourful and fascinating as a wildflower meadow, this gem of a book introduces children to the variety, beauty and sheer quirkiness of the botanic world. Although fulfilling all of its credentials as an encyclopaedia, this text manages to go far beyond that, providing a vibrant celebration of the natural world. Crucial to the success…

Podkin One Ear

Sure to be a big hit with young lovers of fantasy, Podkin One Ear is a gripping, page-turner by Kieran Larwood. A story within a story, this is the tale of the legendary Podkin One Ear, the warrior rabbit who stood up to the cruel and fearsome Gorm, as told by the visiting bard to…

Poison

Poison is the eponymous heroine of this fantasy tale, out to reclaim her kidnapped sister from the land of Phaerie with the aid of companions she meets along the way. While at first this story seems too determined to fulfill every cliché of the genre, with a neat twist Wooding uses this very predictability as…

Pony on the Twelfth Floor

Polly has dreamed of every possible way to get a pony. She’s pony-mad and wants nothing more than to prove herself showjumping at Olympia. She can almost hear the crowds go wild! So, imagine her delight when she finds a plump, friendly pony munching his way through the flapjacks at the local supermarket. Polly really…

Poo

Many children enjoy mentioning the unmentionable. This inventive picture information book will allow them to do so legitimately, learning many useful things in the process. (Readers who are faint of heart may like to discontinue reading now!) This is non-fiction with a non-formal style, which will appeal to children. The cover introduces the topic with…

Positively Izzy

Libenson’s graphic novel follows two girls and their struggles to navigate middle school. Izzy is a dreamer who loves acting and drama, but struggles to focus on her work, which leads to frustration at home, while Bri is a straight A student, who wants to be seen for more than her brain. Izzy and Bri’s…

Power to the Princess

Power to the Princess: 15 Favourite Fairytales Retold with Girl Power is a modernised retelling of classic fairy tales. Cinderella, Aurora, Snow White and all the other princesses in this collection are multi-national and multi-talented. They are powerful, independent, and intelligent, and entirely different to the princesses you’ve possibly encountered or read about before! Murrow…

Prince of the Birds

Prince of the Birds is an elegant fairytale sparingly told by Amanda Hall. Young Prince Ahmed, kept prisoner in a high tower by a caring but misguided father, must outwit his masters and teachers in order to find true love. In the tradition of tales from the Arabian Nights he is helped by talking birds,…

Pug-a-Doodle-Do!

Pug-a-Doodle-Do! is a doodle and activity book with a difference, full of drawing and writing adventures inspired by the wacky world of Reeve and McIntyre who have previously brought us the best-selling fiction titles Oliver and the Seawigs, Cakes in Space, Pugs of the Frozen North, and Jinks and O’Hare Funfair Repair. The book contains…

Race to the Frozen North: The Matthew Henson Story

When orphan Matthew Henson ran away from his violent stepmother to find a new life in the big city of Baltimore, no one could have predicted that he would become the first man to reach the North Pole. A little luck and a lot of hard work led to a life of adventure on the…

Raise the Flag

In the right hands, a book on flags can be a gateway into appreciating history, understanding geography, celebrating pageantry, and encountering national diversity – and all of these benefits are vividly and passionately delivered in this text. From the Jolly Rogers and Calico Jacks of pirate ships, through the celestial imagery of Asian emblems, to…

Ramose: Prince in Exile

Ramose, son of the pharaoh, is a spoiled, selfish boy who lives a life of luxury and privilege in the royal palace. All of this changes when somebody tries to kill him and he is whisked away to safety by his tutor, Keneben. Ramose’s horror at what has happened is compounded by the realisation that…

Record-Breaking Animals

One of five titles available in the Infographic Top 10 series from Wayland, this book is a visual feast of information in the form of fact, comparison and explanation. A contents page, index and glossary with references to extend reading are essentials in books of this sort and this one does not disappoint. But this…

Rent a Bridesmaid

Once again, award-winning author and illustrator team, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Nick Sharratt have produced a warm and witty novel for young readers. Nine-year old Tilly dreams of being a bridesmaid in a frilly pink dress, but as luck would have it, it’s her tomboy friend Matty who has to perform the dreaded duty. Hiring…

Return

A young, lonely girl fails to get the attention of her busy father yet again. So she returns to the world she created in the previous instalments, Journey and Quest, where she has found friendship and adventure. This time, the father notices his daughter’s absence. He and follows her into the magical realm – populated…

Riding a Donkey Backwards

Khayaal Theatre, one of the parties behind the composition of Riding a Donkey Backwards came into being to help people move away from the narrow views they might have of Muslim culture. This book, which also enjoys the writing skills of Sean Taylor and the illustrative work of Shirin Adl, admirably fulfils this aim and…

Robbers on the Road

This story in the ‘Tudor Flashback’ series is distinguished by an ingenious plot reminiscent of Shakespeare’s comic robbery plot in Henry the Fourth Part One. Indeed, the boy heroes and narrators remind one of the noble prince Hal and his comic sidekick Falstaff. Francis Enterley is a boy who comes from a noble recusant Catholic…

Robin Hood

Packed to the brim with gorgeous language, vivid and lively characters and intelligent plots and subplots, this latest version ofRobin Hood is not only beautifully written and illustrated, it’s also a refreshingly modern take on a much-loved classic. Particularly enjoyable is Raven’s modernistic approach to the protagonists. Rather than being romanticized, the characters can be wholly…

Rooftoppers

Sophie in more or less her first year is found floating in a cello case after a shipwreck. She is taken in by the kindly, if eccentric, Charles Maxim. Her upbringing is more than a little unusual, as she spends much of her childhood eating dinner off books due to her unusual tendency to break…

Rory Branagan (Detective)

Rory Branagan thinks his life is pretty amazing. Most afternoons he and his best friend, Wikins Welkin, mess about in the park. Even though Wikins is a neighbour’s sausage dog, they have sleepovers. The thought of Wikins’s doggy dreams make Rory smile. His sole night worry is that no one tells him anything. Specifically, he…

Rover and the Big Fat Baby

Another adventure from Rover and the Gigglers, this fast-paced story is guaranteed to provide the reader with numerous chuckles. The Big Fat Baby has gone missing, so Rover and his side-kick Messi, have to find her. In the meantime, Rover’s business, providing the Gigglers with poo, has a big order on and that has to…

Ruby Redfort: Feel the Fear

Ruby Redfort is a super smart, super brave, thirteen-year-old superspy. In Lauren Child’s fourth installment, Ruby must track down an invisible foe, but ‘How do you catch a thief that isn’t there?’ And Ruby’s been having trouble in the observation department. Missing those warning signs could get her killed. Feel the Fear is exciting and…

Rugby Spirit

As someone with no knowledge of, or interest in rugby, I tried to find a more suitable reviewer for this book. Having failed, I decided to “tackle” it in the same way I approach all books, as a fan of fiction, rather than one of rugby. Initially, I felt reassured, because the main character, Eoghan,…

Rugby Warrior

Another summer has come to an end and schoolboy rugby hero Eoin Madden is excited to be back boarding in Castlerock College.The previous year saw Eoin kick the winning points as Castlerock captured the prestigious Father Geoghegan Cup. This season has the potential to be even more special for Eoin as he has been rewarded…

Sahara Special

I completely misjudged by the cover – the short blurb indicated that it was about Sahara, a girl in fifth grade who has special education needs. There are many such books out there but Sahara Special is different. It is sharply observed, really cleverly written and a treat to read. Sahara is a highly believable…

Saint Brigid The Fearless

St Brigid’s story is brought to life in the latest addition to Poolbeg’s ‘In a nutshell’ series, aimed at readers aged 6 and above. Preceded by a map of Ireland and followed by instructions for making your own cross and a pronunciation guide; this is definitely a teaching book. Between these sections, there is a…

Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo

Sam Hannigan and the Last Dodo is the latest offering from author and illustrator Alan Nolan. Some readers will need no introduction to our heroine Sam, as this is the second full-length instalment of the Sam Hannigan series. Animal lover Sam Hannigan lives in Clobberstown, Co Dublin with her brother Bruno and their granny, the…

Sam Hannigan’s Woof Week

Sam Hannigan and her friend Ajay love animals. When Sam’s next-door neighbour is cruel to his dog Barker, she uses her grandad’s invention, the Brain Swap 3000, to inhabit Barker’s body and give the dastardly neighbour a fright he’ll never forget. All goes according to plan – until the Brain Swap 3000 runs out of…

Sam Wu is NOT Afraid of Ghosts

After the Incident That Must Never Be Mentioned Again, Sam Wu has to prove to the school bully that he is not a scaredy cat. No easy task when he is indeed even scared of his own cat Butterbutt. With a gift for talking big and acting small, Sam finds himself the reluctant owner of…

Scam on the Cam

Readers who have visited Cambridge will find this book particularly appealing, with its action centred on the university town and especially on the Cam river. Luckily, a visit isn't a prerequisite to enjoying the book's wise-cracking heroine, Sesame Seade, and her amusing mystery-solving skills. The story opens with Sesame and her friends in an embarrassing…

Science is Magic

Steve Mould, the physicist, comedian and popular YouTuber, brings his expertise and humour to a new book which demystifies the magic of magic tricks. In Science is Magic, not only is the science behind the impressive magic tricks explained, but Steve also teaches readers how to re-create these awe-inspiring tricks themselves, using common household items.…

Scream Street: Hunger of the Yeti

Heard the one about the vampire, the mummy and the zombie’s tongue? No? Then you obviously haven’t visited Scream Street recently. In this, the eleventh book in the series, Luke and the first two of the aforementioned creatures, Resus Negative (puns ahoy!) and Cleo Farr, undertake a trip to Tibet as part of their continuing…

Second Fiddle (or How to Tell a Blackbird from a Sausage)

Fans of Siobhán Parkinson’s earlier fiction – and, particularly perhaps, of novels such as Sisters…No Way! and Four Kids Three Cats Two Cows One Witch (maybe) – will know her ability to create complex plots which keep readers wondering right to the very last page about their resolution. It really is often a tantalising question…

Secret of the Ron Mor Skerry

Poetic expression, beautiful setting, and a rich mythological yarn meet in this attractive reprint of Rosalie K. Fry’s 1957 novel. The lead character, Fiona McConville, returns to her native Western Isles having had to live for an unhappy time on the mainland. As she finds a warm and welcoming home with her grandparents, the gently…

Secret Science: The Amazing World Beyond Your Eyes

Dara Ó Briain, the intelligent and brilliantly funny author of Beyond the Sky, has written a second book for children called Secret Science. In Beyond the Sky, the mysteries of the universe were explored. In Secret Science, Ó Briain turns his attention to the amazing world of our everyday lives. The book explains all of…

Secret Treasures of Ancient Egypt

This book has been published to coincide with the British Museum exhibition ‘Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds’. It is the story of two magnificent ancient cities, Canopus and Thonis-Heracleion, which once stood at the mouth of the river Nile. The cities were thriving, busy ports until catastrophe struck causing them to sink under the sea.…

Secret World of Butterflies

This is a colourful and informative book on the world of butterflies, and snippets of information such as ‘The first poo a butterfly ever does is red and sloppy’ is sure to catch young readers’ attention. It is nicely illustrated with some striking images showing the wide variety of shapes and colours that butterflies have.…

Self-Destructing Science: Space

Proving that there is an exception to every rule, this book truly can be judged by its cover! As the title suggests, readers can cut, stick, rip, fold and colour their way through this fact-filled activity book about outer space. Even the front page is designed to be cut out and framed! Quirky illustrations in…

Seriously Scary Poems

John Foster has always had impeccable taste in poetry. In these two little volumes of crazy and scary poems, we not only get the benefit of an imaginative selection but we also have the added bonus of some of his own creations being included. Here we find inspired groupings of poems in intriguing categories such…

Shiny Pippin and the Broken Forest

It hasn’t rained for a year in Funsprings. The rivers and streams and lakes have dried up. The animals are vanishing. The Forest is broken. Pippin must fix this aberration of nature and bring the water back to Funsprings. But Pippin is just an ordinary girl living an ordinary life – a girl who loves…

Shooting for the Stars: My Journey to become Ireland’s First Astronaut

Norah Patten was 11 years of age when she visited NASA on a family holiday to the United States. From that moment on she decided she wanted to be an astronaut and become the first Irish person in space. Shooting for the Stars is Norah’s story, in which she tells us all about her life,…

Shredder

Intended for ‘new readers’, this book is divided into five chapters and contains plenty of illustrations. The amusing, sometimes zany, drawings interact well with the factual text of the narrative. Our narrator is Shredder, the class Gerbil. One pupil is also rather rodenty looking, but she wears a uniform and sports pigtails. The layout is…

Sing Me a Story

This picture book is a mixture of stories, songs and dances from the Caribbean, folktales of mermaids, talking animals, kings and magic. The songs and dances, which are an intrinsic part of the narrative, are given (with the music) at the end of each story. The Gauginesque, vibrantly coloured pictures frame and embrace the story…

Sir Gawain & The Green Knight

The calibre of both the author and illustrator is such that it ensures that this book is of a high quality. This legendary tale of King Arthur’s nephew’s adventures on taking up the Green Knight’s challenge has been skillfully retold. The narrative is lively, clear and direct yet, at the same time, Morpurgo manages to…

Sir Tony Robinson’s Weird World of Wonders: Pets

This is one in a series of eight by actor, comedian, TV presenter and political activist Sir Tony Robinson, who will be best known to many of us as the hapless Baldrick in the BBC’s period British sitcom, Blackadder. Other titles in this series are: the Romans, Egyptians, Greeks, British, Inventions and the two World…

Six Story House

There are six floors in the six-stor(e)y house, six separate little flats, and six stories about the neighbours living their separate little lives. Young Dexi seems to be the only one who talks to anyone else and who knows the stories of the people behind the doors. He knows his mother works very hard and…

Skeleton Key

An eye-catching cover draws us into this excellent adventure story. Our hero, Alex Rider, is a 14-year-old secret agent with MI6, a junior James Bond, though it would be better to compare Horowitz with the great le Carré, rather than that sexist reactionary Fleming. All the clichés of the genre are employed – mad villain…

Skeleton Tree

What would you do if you found a bone poking out of the earth in your back garden, one that started to grow, reaching up out of the ground until it turned into a skeleton? This is the situation facing twelve-year-old Stanly Stanwright, the protagonist of this unusual and heart-warming adventure. Stanly is determined to…

Skychasers

The plot and story for this book came from an innovative competition, the Big Idea Competition which has been running for the last few years and is open to all entrants aged 13 – 103! The judges have a wealth of literary magic behind them, and include amongst their esteemed number Barry Cunningham (the man…

Skyward (The Story of Female Pilots in WWII)

Hazel has been raised in San Francisco, Marlene, in the English countryside and Lilya spent her childhood in a small town in Russia. Separated by thousands of kilometers, those three young women have a passion in common: planes, and the sense of freedom that flying allows. Not easy if you were born at a time…

Sleuth on Skates (Sesame Seade Mysteries)

'The problem with Sophie is……' well, according to her parents, it is many things. But before the reader gets a chance to feel too sorry for Sophie Margaret Catriona Seade or 'Sesame', as she prefers to be known, it becomes apparent that she is definitely the one with the upper hand. By the end of…

Small World

This is a book which celebrates ever-widening horizons, the spiralling possibilities of childhood and youth, the seemingly endless potential of growing up and learning more about what the world holds. The descriptions of a young girl Nanda’s journey from infancy to maturity, from the small circle of her mother’s arms to a future in which…

Snakes’ Elbows

What do you say about a book you wish you’d written? Not fair seems a reasonable start. But I couldn’t resent Deirdre Madden for long. The sheer joy and whimsy of this story had my kids and I postponing breakfast so we could check on Barney Barrington’s. Food is masterfully handled in this tale of…

Snow White and the Seven Robots

This short graphic novel is one of a set of eight titles in the Far Out Fairy Tales series. The series takes classic childhood tales and puts a modern twist on them. Jack deals in Nano-beans, Goldilocks is up against vampires and Cinderella becomes Ninjarella. You get the idea. In this story, Snow White is…

Soda Pop

Soda Pop is a really great dad who loves bright orange clothes and wears a tea cozy on his head. He has brought up his son Mazarin on sweet buns and love. Grandfather Dartanyong emerges from his woodshed every morning with a new identity, and Great-grandfather has moved into a tree, eats birdseed, and thinks…

Sonas ar Só: Rannta do pháístí óga

A blast from the past! Due to its obvious popularity and demand, this book has been published with its original illustrations for the third time since 1977. It is a varied collection of rhymes and jingles in Irish suitable for all primary classes but mainly for younger classes. Many practising pedagogues will remember teaching at…

Space School

Pollution has destroyed the Earth and the survivors have fled to the stars to find a new home. Luke Riley lives aboard the "Buzz Aldrin", commanded by his mother. However, the "Buzz Aldrin" has lost contact with the other ships. The first of the series, Crash Course, Luke accidentally releases a virus into the ship's mainframe…

Spellbound: Tales of Enchantment from Ancient Ireland

Spellbound is a collection of stories from Ancient Ireland linked by themes of magic and enchantment from Siobhán Parkinson, former Irish Children’s Laureate, and illustrator Olwyn Whelan. Featuring tales and characters familiar from our schooldays such as Fionn Mac Cumhaill and the Children of Lir, these new takes on old classics are fresh and vivid and…

Spies

Gallagher strikes again! Spies, like many of Gallagher’s other works, can be described as a thrilling, utterly delectable journey into the past. The reader is plunged head first out of the frying pan and into the fire from page one, and the fast-paced action-packed story continues from there. Gallagher translates the complex nature of politics…

Spirit of the Forest

This is a fine collection of twelve traditional tales from places all over the world. Each one has a different tree at its centre. They include stories of magic, honour, bravery, and cunning. Though short, they are deeply satisfying and beautifully told in rich, expressive language, ideal for reading aloud. This is a very atmospheric…

Spoofer Rooney

Twelve-year-old Michael Rooney, more commonly known as Hopper or Spoofer, is left alone when his father goes into hospital with a mystery illness. His mother lives in England with her boyfriend and takes little interest in his life beyond presents and promises. So Hopper goes to live with his Uncle Maddy, a volatile, bad-tempered antiques…

Spot the Mistake: Journeys of Discovery

Yet another great book from Wide Eyed Editions, Spot the Mistake: Journeys of Discovery is a big, bright and welcome twist on the usual historical books. Ten famous explorations are detailed in the book, including Christopher Columbus’s journey to the New World, Marco Polo’s expedition to the East, and Armstrong and Aldrin’s trip to the…

Sputnik’s Guide to Life on Earth

Research informs us that visualisation is one of the comprehension strategies used by good readers. Encouraging children to become enthusiastic readers means providing them with text that is imaginative, exciting and descriptive. Cottrell Boyce provides just such a text in this mad-cap story. The scenarios are beyond belief, and yet so skillfuly portrayed that they…

Spycraft: How To Be The Best Secret Agent Ever

From start to finish, this book contains everything you need to know about the thrilling world of espionage. How to set up a spy ring, secret hiding places, code-cracking, making and using invisible ink, becoming an expert at surveillance; it is jammed with tips, tricks, advice and instruction. This manual is both practical and fun!…

Stars Shall Be Bright

Stars Shall Be Bright is set during the First World War, and tells the tale of three children who are left without their parents. Stuck living with the selfish, pious Mrs. Carter after their mother’s death, James, Belle and William are forced to go on the run to find their father. The book follows the…

Stella

Johnson’s third novel evokes a moody, gaslit fin de siècle scene as the backdrop to the story of a teenage professional clairvoyant, Stella, suddenly alone when her guardian dies. The story traces her growing friendship with a young undertaker, Thomas, and her search for her father. (I give little away if I say that he…

Stick and Fetch Investigate: Barking Up The Wrong Tree

Stick and Fetch are a new dynamic duo in the detecting game, one girl and her dog out hunting for clues, and also hunting for mysteries to go with the clues. They’re enthusiastic and energetic and they follow their cases through, all the way to the very, very end until the mysteries are completely and…

Stick Dog Wants a Hot Dog

With a rectangular body, triangles for ears and circles for eyes and nose, Stick Dog is more a heap of geometry than a hound. But author and illustrator Tom Watson is up front about his artistic talent: ‘I stink at drawing.’ Once that’s out of the way, young readers can settle down and enjoy the…

Sticker Shape Create

Illustrator Thereza Rowe has created a beautifully bright and cheerful activity sticker book that inspires creativity. Children can create 29 scenes using over 1,500 stickers and are encouraged to add their own imaginative details using colouring pencils or pens. Each double-page spread provides step-by-step instructions to create the images and a background scene to complete.…

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different

Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different: True Tales of Amazing Boys Who Changed the World Without Killing Any Dragons is an extremely important collection about remarkable, sensitive and emotional men. Men who felt so much that they were driven to overcome a myriad of obstacles in order to reach their goals or to…

Stories for Children

A selfish swallow has hung on too long to make the flight to Egypt with the others. But at the feet of the Happy Prince… a golden statue adorned the kingdom; he learns the true meaning of compassion and devotion.  A nightingale sacrifices her very life to give a young student the one thing that…

Storm Whale

Brennan’s text has found a perfect match in Tanner’s illustrations here. There is a sense of performance as we are led from an ordinary, calm seaside scene on the front cover, to the drama of a dark, brooding seascape on the back cover. Delicate pencil sketches evolve through gentle watercolours and pastels into magnificent storm…

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